The Perfect Summer Smoothie

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With the weather heating up it’s natural for our appetites to decline as we crave lighter meals. According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information, we crave food as a means to regulate our own body temperature. When it’s cold, we tend to consume extra energy that food produces. After all, calories are just units of energy or heat, the higher the count the more energy produced. By contrast, when external temperatures rise our natural physiological response is to reduce extra heat– meaning a loss of appetite. 

Coming up with a nutritionally dense smoothie is a good way to keep cool, hydrated, and satisfied. Plus, if done right they make for excellent pictures. Below is my easy recipe for a Strawberry Banana Smoothie that’s both delicious and quick to make.

First, I went on a Trader Joe’s run. As an avid consumer (even when I had to wait in line for 40 minutes during the pandemic), there are certain products I consider staples in my kitchen. Then, I got to mixing:

Greek yogurt is the base for all my smoothies– about two tablespoons. The calcium is good for bone health and probiotics aid in balancing bacteria in the gut. According to Medical News Today, the food is also a great source of protein, keeping you fuller longer. 

Next, I use roughly 8oz (a serving size) of oat milk. I find oat milk to be creamier than almond or soy and, while I’m not lactose intolerant, it has a denser flavor than standard cows milk. Healthline notes that oat milk is a great source of B vitamins, used to promote healthy hair, nails, and skin (a woman’s dream team). 

To round out the base, I add a tablespoon of coconut oil. Eat This Not That points to coconut oil as a source of lauric acid, which kills bacteria and viruses, and it helps to burn calories.

Up next, a single banana for fiber and tryptophan (which Live Science explains helps to boost overall mood), and three strawberries for folate, a B vitamin that helps is tissue growth and cell function. The two fruits together also have vitamin C– an antioxidant– and potassium– which regulates blood pressure. 

Before blending it all together, I add in a scoop of two essentials. The first, chia seeds. Delish dives into the benefits of these little power punchers– antioxidants, protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids fight depression and improve sleep, while also adding in a nice texture to the smoothie itself. 

Then, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides for youthful skin and improving bone strength. The best part about this collagen peptides product is that it’s completely flavorless and blends in seamlessly with the other ingredients.

Lastly, cassia cinnamon for a little kick and peanut butter along the rim for taste. All poured into a Wolffer wine glass– because if I can’t have rose at the wine stand at least I can have a pink summer smoothie at home.

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