Banana Strawberry Dunkin Donuts Smoothie

Banana Strawberry Dunkin Donuts Smoothie

 

Smoothies that are served by large chains such as Dunkin Donuts are delicious but not always good for your health. Even good ingredients such as fruits, berries and skim milk don’t do much to our bodies because they add a lot of sugar. For example, a large Butter Pecan Swirl Hot Macchiato contains 70 grams of sugar! That’s 3 days worth of sugar for women. Some smoothies have more than 80 grams of sugar, while a recommended intake is 6 teaspoons.

So, is banana strawberry smoothie from Dunkin Donuts good for your health? Yes, if you make them yourself! If you make everything yourself, you can reduce calories but still get a delicious smoothie. It contains around 200 calories, which is perfect for a snack or an addition to your breakfast. If you want a sweeter taste, you may substitute sugar with artificial sweeteners. They will make the smoothie perfect for your sweet tooth while giving you full control of consumed carbs.

Fruit smoothies are an easy way to reach your daily intake of fiber. If you don’t like counting calories, you can simply avoid sugars to make sure your drink is low in calories. One serving of fruits contains around 4 grams of fiber. Apples and pears have the highest concentration, but bananas and other fruits aren’t far behind. Fruit fiber helps our bodies control blood sugar and improve digestion. It is a great option for everyone with low cholesterol.

Basically, all fruits can be divided into 6 groups by the number of different minerals and vitamins: berries, citrus, tropical, pomes, melons and drupes. Citrus fruits include oranges, lemons and grapefruits. They are rich in potassium, vitamin C and folate. Thanks to Vitamin C, your immune system is stronger and your body synthesizes collagen better. Potassium is very helpful in improving your heart function. It’s especially important for people with low blood pressure and problems with cells.

This recipe is just an idea for your smoothie; you can choose any base for it. For example, here we use milk, but you can use yogurt, soy milk or even water. You can lower the calories by using low-fat milk and yogurt. If you use water, you can add sweeteners and more sweet fruits to get the right taste and consistency. The water is necessary for our bodies to transport nutrients and have good metabolism, so it’s always a good choice. Low-fat yogurt contains vitamins and calcium, which keeps bones strong and healthy.

If you try to maintain or lose weight, smoothies are a great option to use as a meal replacement (not as an addition to your meal!). You can drink smoothie instead of a snack or for breakfast. Just change the base to have a more filling smoothie in the morning and a very light one in the evening. Fruit smoothies such as the one in this recipe, are also a great addition to any diet as long as you don’t drink extra-large portions every time. If you have any restrictions, consult your doctor before adding smoothies to your diet plan.

This smoothie is very easy to make. All you need to take is a blender, a knife and glassware. You can use any blender you have at home, because fruits are easy to smash. If you add apples or other hard fruit make sure your blender has a sharp blade.

Course: breakfast

Cuisine: American

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 1 minute

Total: 6 minutes

Servings: 2 portions

Calories: 200 kcal

Ingredient list

1 banana

1 cup strawberries

50 grams sugar or your favorite sweetener

1 cup skim milk

Optional: 6 ice cubes

Instructions

Peel a banana, cut it into several pieces. Cut strawberries in half. Put everything into a bowl, add milk and puree. You can make your smoothie thicker if you add ice cubes before pureeing.

Category Health