The recipe I am posting today may come as a surprise to some, but if you want help keeping your body looking summer ready, or you need help getting your body summer ready, you might want to add this little gem to your regular menu! I probably wouldn’t recommend whipping one of these up and taking it out for a hike in the snow, but sitting inside and looking out you will be just fine. Imagine how good you will feel when it is time to throw on some shorts, or a swim suit, and you don’t feel like you need to hide!
This recipe just proves that eating healthy can taste good. As everyone knows there are a ton of smoothie recipes swimming around out there, but finding one that fits your needs, and fits your tastes, and actually does what it says can be the tricky part. I use to be the smoothie queen about a year ago, but learning all the components to make a smoothie that leads to figure friendly success is key. New studies are showing that when whey protein is mixed with fruit it helps to keep the blood sugar level which aids in weight loss, and helps reduce bloating.
You can drink this smoothie as a single serve for a snack, or go crazy and drink the whole thing for a meal! A single serve loads you up with 17 grams of protein, 4 grams of fat (If you don’t have enough healthy fats on your menu for the day feel free to add the coconut oil!), and 5 grams of fiber. There are 25 grams of carbs in a single serving, but they are healthy, easily digestible carbs.
Now is the time to get rid of the winter blues, focus on what is ahead, and start sipping on some belly flattening smoothies. Creamy, dreamy, and super easy. If you use frozen berries you probably won’t want or need ice, but I like the bulk, and the extra “iciness” that it lends. So the thickness, and amount of ice is completely up to you. So, get your sweat on, grab a smoothie, sit back, relax, and enjoy!
UPDATE: (02/14/17) To make this smoothie plant based just use pea protein powder and a plant based yogurt.
Strawberries & Cream Flat Belly Smoothie
By Angie Gouchenour
1 medium banana – frozen and chopped up
1 cup strawberries – fresh or frozen
2 Tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder (I used Body Fortress)
2 Tablespoons ground flax meal
1 – 6 oz container of low sugar strawberry yogurt (I used Kroger Carbmaster Yogurt)
½-1 cup water (Depending on how thick you like your smoothie)
1 cup crushed ice (Optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring (Optional)
1 Tablespoon coconut oil (Optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender, pulse on ice setting until broken apart
Blend on high until it reaches the consistency that you like
Pour in a glass, and enjoy!
191 calories per serving