By Alexis Weisser, 2019 University of Minnesota Dietetic Intern
Photo by: Marco Verch
If you’re craving the taste of summer, this smoothie is the answer! With berries, a banana and the addition of protein powder, this smoothie comes loaded with antioxidants and fiber that will help keep you full. Berries, especially strawberries, contain a good amount of fiber because of the seeds on the outside of the berry. Did you know strawberries are also 92% water? Because of their high water content, berries and watermelon can be extremely hydrating! Isn’t it amazing that a fruit made up of that much water can taste so sweet?
With slight modification, this smoothie can also accommodate dairy and vegan dietary preferences. To make dairy free, substitute vanilla almond milk in place of 1% milk. To make vegan, substitute plant-based protein powder in place of vanilla whey protein.
During times of illness it can sometimes be easier to drink something instead of eating something. This recipe is designed to be flavorful, filling and nutritious without the work of cooking. Summer is a great time to try a new smoothie recipe, so don’t be afraid to make your own modifications to this recipe like substituting blueberries for strawberries.
Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie makes 1, 12oz smoothie (can be Vegan or Dairy Free!)
- 4 oz 1% milk (or vanilla almond milk for dairy-free recipe)
- 1 cup strawberries
- ½ banana
- ¼ cup cashews
- ¼ tsp lemon juice
- ½ scoop vanilla protein powder (substitute plant protein for Vegan recipe)
- Core strawberries
- Put all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend to desired consistency
Nutrition information (1 serving, 12 oz): 400 calories, 18 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 180 mg sodium, 43 mg carbohydrates, 6 g dietary fiber, 23 g protein