Strawberry Banana Smoothie for the Win
It’s safe to say we all want to be healthy and feel great. And likely we all know that eating an abundance of plants every day is ideal for a healthy diet. This is why so many of us turn to smoothies as a simple way to increase the number of fruits and vegetables in our diet. If you haven’t yet put smoothies front-and-center on your menu, start now with a classic, the strawberry banana smoothie.
The strawberry banana smoothie is the gateway flavor to all things smoothie. Bananas (American’s favorite fruit) combine with strawberries (a close second) to make a fan-favorite fruit smoothie that is bright, refreshing, creamy and nutritious. In fact, the flavor is so bright that it's easy to add more plants to the smoothie without compromising the delicious taste.
There are many reasons to increase your intake of plants. Plants deliver important vitamins, minerals, fiber, polyphenols and antioxidants. If that's not reason enough, a recent ground-breaking study on gut health suggests that we should eat more than 30 different types of plants per week in order to support a diverse and healthy microbiome. And a diverse, healthy microbiome is directly connected to our overall health and well-being. In fact, a smoothie may just be your microbiome's best friend.
Eat the Rainbow
If you want more plants in your diet, the strawberry banana smoothie is a good place to start. Its vibrant flavor easily accommodates other fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds (also part of the plant family) so you can amp up fiber and nutrition -- and nourish your gut -- without compromising taste. Plus plants are brimming with vibrant flavors and colors (and nutrients!) that science can only try to replicate. Think of your smoothie as a rainbow and add all the plant "colors" you can to "eat the rainbow." Each plant color brings in a different health profile and represents different nutritional offerings. Including a variety of colors in your smoothie means you're getting a variety of nutrients.
Get the most out of your smoothie by adding healthy fats, protein and of course, more plants! Including protein and fat in your smoothie sets you up with longer and more sustained energy (2-3 hours) versus the energy you get from fruit alone (one hour or less!) This is a good strategy if you're looking for a smoothie for weight loss or a protein smoothie. Start with a healthy strawberry banana smoothie and throw in nuts, seeds, greek yogurt or some protein powder and you've got nutrient-dense fuel that makes you feel satisfied and powers your day.
For an easy, delicious, nutrient-dense smoothie filled with fruit, vegetables and superfoods, try Blendtopia Immunity. It has that strawberry banana deliciousness combined with pineapple, blueberries, flax and chia seeds that provide sustained energy. Plus it bumps up the plant count for ultimate microbiome benefit. Read this for more delicious and nutritious smoothie ingredient ideas.
Remember, you are the smoothie artist so if bananas aren't your jam, start with a strawberry smoothie and add more plants from there. Or if berries aren't on the menu, a banana smoothie (maybe a creamy banana oat smoothie!) makes a delicious variation. Imagine your smoothie is your fruit basket, filled with vibrant colors and flavors, and let your taste buds be your guide.
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