High Protein Orange Banana Smoothie
I was looking over smoothie recipes and a little astonished to see how many chefs are taking what is naturally a very healthy nutrition drink and making it the opposite. Instead of sticking with whole foods and natural ingredients, most of the recipes called for added sugar, the use of bottled orange juice (complete with added sugars and preservatives) and other unhealthy ingredients.
Truth is I’ve never understood this tendency in the food industry to gravitate toward the unhealthy.
A delicious orange banana smoothie is just too easy to make using all natural ingredients to do otherwise. The ingredients are sweet. You don’t need sugar. Orange juice comes from oranges. Why not just use fresh oranges instead of taking it from the bottle?
I suppose it could be said the yogurt used in this isn’t completely natural or a whole food, but if you buy organic Greek yogurt and check the label for ingredients that shouldn’t be in food you’ll do okay. The yogurt gives it a creamy texture and adds the probiotics you need for good gut health.
On the yogurt, you can use vanilla, coconut or plain yogurt. The quinoa and flax seed are optional, but quinoa is very high in protein and is a complete protein and the flax provides you with necessary Omega 3 fatty acids.
Using a grater, grate some of the orange peel before removing it. Save the zest to use as an attractive garnish Serving it in the mason jar glasses not only looks attractive, but you can put the lid on it and take it with you if you don’t have time to finish it.
- 2 oranges peeled and separated into wedges
- 2 bananas
- 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or use vanilla or coconut flavored
- 1/4 cup mixed flax seed and quinoa optional
- 1/2 cup purified water as needed for consistency
- Place all ingredients in a NutriBullet or blender and blend until smooth. About 60 seconds
You can soak the quinoa seeds overnight to make them blend smoother. I found the NutriBullet chops them up finely enough that I don’t need to but conventional blenders might leave the quinoa a bit to grainy.
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