Although it seems like spring just got here, the warmer temperatures let us know that summer is just around the corner – and with it, some of the most decadent desserts you can imagine. While most of us think of the holidays when we think of fatty snacks, summer can be just as bad with the ice cream, frozen cheesecake bites, and pudding pops.
However, there are a few healthier options out there that don’t require you to sacrifice taste. A great option for you and your family during the summer months are fruit smoothies. Fruit smoothies are excellent source of vitamins, and are a quick fix to that sweet tooth hankering we are prone to getting. A few excellent banana smoothie recipes, that are both healthy and tasty, include:
Berry Banana Smoothie
2 ripe bananas
1 cup of skim or low-fat milk
1 ½ cup of mixed berries
2 whole frozen strawberries
2 cups of ice
Put all ingredients in blender with the ice being the last ingredient you add. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is of desired consistency.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
2 whole frozen bananas – you will want to quarter and peel bananas prior to freezing
1 cup of sliced strawberries
6 oz of fat-free or low-fat vanilla yogurt
To mix, simply place all ingredients in the blender and mix on high until the smoothie reaches your desired consistency.
If you are wanting something a bit more decadent, consider trying a creamy peanut butter banana smoothie, banana oatmeal smoothie, or a banana split smoothie. While these smoothies do have a few more calories than a traditional split smoothie, they are still packed with nutrients and lower in fat than ice cream.