National Smoothie Day June 21

National Smoothie Day June 21 – Berry Good Smoothie Recipe by CARE Esthetics New Orleans
We are a few weeks into June and I’m already receiving NOLA Ready Alerts because “it’s HOT, HOT, HOT!” And when it heats up, it’s time to break out the blender for something cold and refreshing. For me, smoothies are a summer staple; a quick fix for cravings and an excellent meal replacement on the go. And a BONUS, you check the box on your 2-3 daily servings of fruit with NO added sugar – what’s not to love?!I’ve been making smoothies since I was 16 and often asked for my recipe. My reply is typically shrugged shoulders. I’ve been throwing fruit in a blender without thinking about it so, I finally sat down and measured out this super easy, go-to smoothie recipe.

BERRY GOOD – SMOOTHIE RECIPE

  • 1 banana, preferably with spots (110 cal)
  • 10-12 strawberries (46 cal)
  • 1 cup blueberries (80 cals)
  • 1 cup oat milk (120 cal)

If you’d like a little extra protein, Add:

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (105 cal)

My hubby’s favorite, Substitute:

  • 1 cup cubed mango (100 cal) for the banana and peanut butter

(I prefer fresh fruit for smoothies but always keep these ingredients stocked in my freezer)

Blend ingredients until you have about a nickel size funnel in the middle. If you like it thicker, the funnel should be smaller and vice a versa. If you use frozen fruit, you may need to add more liquid – oat milk or water works great.

Yields: 32 ounces

Calories: 460

Protein: 9 grams (6 grams w/out peanut butter)

Natural Sugar: 45-53 grams (subing the mango adds more)

Added Sugar: ZERO

32 oz is also great to share with a partner! Or drink half now, quickly refrigerate the remaining 16 oz in a sealed container for later. You can also store in the freezer but for optimal flavor drink same day.

Word to the wise – rinse/wash blender immediate. Makes clean-up easy and you will be more apt to blend again when it’s clean and ready.

You may notice the natural sugar seems high which brings me to add a note on natural sugar vs added sugar. Your daily diet should include 2-3 servings of fruit. What you want to watch out for are added sugars in your daily diet – and keeping that number small. There is a great article by Juliette Steen in HuffPost “How Much Natural Sugar Should We Eat A Day?” that explains the difference in more detail. Interested in more information on reducing sugar intake, World Health Organization has a great article you can check out here – “WHO calls on countries to reduce sugars intake among adults and children.”

What are your favorite fruits? Comment below and I will curate a smoothie recipe just for you!

Ciao Bella!
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Erin Primeaux, Co-owner & Executive Coach