Safe & Simple Strawberry Smoothie

Posted in: Diet ♦ Sunday, August 1st, 2010, 6:51 pm ♦ 4 Comments

If you’re following both the blog and my Facebook page, you’ve probably noticed a trend — smoothies!  That’s because I’ve been at the Mayo Clinic for a week and, as you know, it can be difficult to find safe and nutritious food while away from home.  Fortunately, with my Magic Bullet and a variety of juices from the local Super Target, I’ve been able to make nourishing, GP-friendly drinks* right in my hotel room.

This morning I made a strawberry protein smoothie that I just had to share.   Since strawberries are of one of the non-GP-friendly foods that I miss the most — especially in smoothies — I was really excited to give this a try.  It did not disappoint!

This low-fat, low-fiber “recipe” has about 7 grams of protein [soy and milk] and provides a significant amount of vitamins B6, B12 and C.  Best of all, it’s really tasty.  It was definitely on the thick side and rather filling though, so next time I’ll add some water to thin it out after blending.

- 4 oz. Odwalla Strawberry Protein Monster
- 3 oz. Bolthouse Farms Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- a few ice cubes
- water (optional)

Blend the juices and ice in a blender or Magic Bullet until smooth.  Add as much water as necessary to reach desired consistency. [Or just combine the juices in a glass and dilute with about 4 ounces of water for a thinner drink.]

Note: This drink does have quite a bit of sugar, about 19 grams, most of which comes from the strawberry juice and banana puree.   Still, it has less sugar [and far fewer fake ingredients] than Boost, Ensure or Enlive.

*Not all of the smoothies I’ve tried have settled equally well in my stomach.  But they are all low-fat, low-fiber and GP-friendly (no pulp, seeds, skins, etc.) — so I encourage you to experiment and find the ones that work best for you, too!

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4 Responses to “Safe & Simple Strawberry Smoothie”

  1. Posted by: Michelle
    August 1st, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I have been experimenting with these juices and another local brand we have where I am (Happy Planet – they are a Vancouver company but I think they can be found in Washington and Oregon). I also freeze banana’s and will throw them in with greek yogurt to bulk it up a bit. Thanks for turning me on to these juices. I’ve just been juicing stuff myself, these paired with my bullet are so handy!

  2. Posted by: Crystal
    August 1st, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Hi, Michelle. Great recommendation! Adding frozen bananas and Greek yogurt is a great way to make the smoothie more of a “meal” and really boost the potassium, calcium, and protein content.

    I hadn’t heard of Happy Planet juices — thanks for sharing! Canadian and Pacific Northwest friends, here’s the link:

  3. Posted by: Jeannie
    August 15th, 2010 at 5:31 am

    HI, so enjoying all the great information about smoothies and tonight the PB2. I have one problem I’m running into making my smoothies…..I HATE BANANAS!!!! And it seems like all the recipes call for bananas to be put in them and the drinks ( such as the bolthouse farms) have strawbarry/banana mix. I have a Magic Bullet and LOVE it, I use it almost everyday. Any ideas? If I use the recipe you have posted here with the two bottled drinks do you think I’ll taste the banana? I just can’t stand them, I try and try….. it’s tuff when you live on a liquid diet.

    Happy tummy days to you all.

  4. Posted by: Crystal
    August 15th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Hi, Jeannie. Hm…I can see how that’d be an issue! Here are some ideas:

    - When making smoothies at home, replace frozen bananas with another skinless, seedless frozen fruit (peaches and mangos work well and are GP-friendly). Or, if you’re making the smoothie with a juice that already contains a variety of fruits, you could just throw in some ice instead.

    - I found two bottled juices/smoothies that are low in fiber and do not contain bananas: Bolthouse Farms C-Boost and Bolthouse Farms 50/50 Berry Juice [strain first]. My guess is the more ingredients, the less you’d taste the banana. So, while I’m pretty sure you’d taste the banana in the Strawberry Banana smoothie, I don’t think you would in the Green drink.

    Hope that helps!

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