This delicious and creamy Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie is a staple breakfast of mine because it’s so fast and convenient.
This recipe takes about five minutes to throw together and has a total of six ingredients.
Not only does it taste great but because it’s high in protein and fiber it keeps you full!
Simply strawberry banana protein smoothie
Growing up my dad would always make a version of the strawberry banana smoothie.
Instead of extra protein powder or fish oil, you know, nutrient-dense foods.
He would get the most giant scoop of ice cream to fit into the blender.
Fast forward a few years and after becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist, I decided to put my own spin on this timely classic smoothie recipe.
Of course, I had to make a healthy strawberry banana smoothie recipe.
I cannot tell you how many times I have made this strawberry banana protein smoothie recipe.
What are the benefits of a strawberry banana smoothie?
A strawberry banana protein smoothie can provide many benefits, including fiber, protein, and antioxidants. Fiber can help with weight management and digestion, while protein can help build muscle mass and reduce hunger. Antioxidants can help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals.
All of the nutrition information regarding these ingredients comes from The USDA’s FoodData Central website.
Benefits of strawberries
First of all, we have to talk about calories. One serving of strawberries is about a cup or equivalent to eight strawberries. It only has 50 calories.
All of these have been shown to improve your heart health increase the good cholesterol HDL, Improve your blood pressure and fight against cancer. (1)
At only 50 cal and pact with nutrients, strawberries are a deliciously healthy fruit!
Benefits of bananas
Bananas are a good source of fiber carbohydrates potassium B vitamins and like almost all fruit vitamin C.
I like to think of bananas as the perfect on-the-go snack. As long as it doesn’t get too many bumps and bruises along the way.
Milk contains protein, fat, and carbohydrate in the form of lactose. In addition, milk is also high in calcium and typically fortified with vitamin D.
I feel like milk has gotten a bad rap recently. Look if you don’t drink it, that’s fine just make sure you’re paying attention to where your dietary calcium is coming from.
Benefits of Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt is different from other yogurts because it is high in protein. Not only is it higher in protein but it also offers the same benefits as other dairy products like being high in calcium and Vitamin B 12.
My favorite Greek yogurt is Fagè. I have no idea how to pronounce it.
Benefits of protein powder
Protein powder is a popular nutritional supplement that many gym-goers use. Protein is a macronutrient that is required by the body to repair muscle tissue and create enzymes and a slew of other important roles.
Using protein powder, it’s not necessary but rather convenient.
There are three types:
- Whey protein
- Casein protein
- Whey protein isolate
Not to mention vegetarian sourced protein powder, which includes:
- Pea protein
- Hemp protein
- Soy protein
Hence the name essential fatty acids both DHA and EPA are needed by your body.
The American Heart Association recommends that Americans eat two servings of fish per week. Especially fatty or oily fish such as salmon and sardines.
Now I get it if you’re not into eating fish here comes the benefits of fish oil.
Because your body needs EPA and DHA if you don’t eat fish, it is important that you consume a supplemental form of fish oil.
Ingredients for a strawberry banana protein smoothie
- 1 cup of 2% milk. If you don’t like cow’s milk, feel free to swap it with almond or oat milk.
- 1 cup of strawberries: Frozen works best for this recipe. It makes the smoothie Have a great texture.
- 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt: This isn’t a must-have but boosts the protein and calcium content of this smoothie.
- 1 medium banana
- 1 teaspoon of lemon-flavored nautical nature’s omega-3 fish oil: Trust me on this one it will not make a smoothie fishy tasting.
- 1 scoop of whey protein powder: I use optimum nutrition‘s whey protein. Which is about 31 g weight per serving.
- The ingredient list for this smoothie is pretty simple and in fact, I am always tweaking and adding things or taking ingredients away.
How to make a strawberry banana protein smoothie
Step 1: Measure out and prepare all of your ingredients.
Step 2: Add them to a blender and blend for 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
Caution: don’t blend for too long otherwise you’ll heat your smoothie up and I don’t know about you but a warm smoothie is not very good.
Step 3: I like to put my smoothie in a mason jar that way I can just take it with me in the morning.
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How many calories are in a strawberry smoothie with protein
- Calories: 451
- Total Fat: 11.2 grams
- Total Carbohydrate: 45.9 grams
- Fiber: 6.2 grams
- Protein: 44.8 grams
Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie
- 1 Cup Strawberries Frozen
- ½ Medium Banana Fresh
- 1 Scoop (~31g) Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% whey protein can replace with vegetarian source of protein
- 1 Cup FairLife 2% Milk can use fat free milk or water for lower calories
- 2 tbsp Greek Yogurt Nonfat
- 1 tsp Nordic Naturals Complete Omege Fish oil
- Add 1 cup strwberries to the blender.
- Add 1/2 cup banana to the blender.
- Add 1 cup milk to the blender.
- Add 1/4 cup Greek yogurt to the blender
- Add 1 teaspoon of fish oil to blender
- Begin blending, stir if needed.
Noah Quezada is a registered dietitian nutritionist. Noah specializes in helping people develop lifelong habits and skills that lead to a long and productive healthy life. Noah’s goal is to provide evidence-based nutrition information through blogging, video, podcasting, and coaching.