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For her birthday last year, we gave our college-age daughter, Emily, a NutriBullet blender. She’s big into smoothies but on a college budget, she couldn’t afford the $5-6/day habit at Jamba Juice. So, the NutriBullet made sense! The same great smoothies at home for a fraction of the cost. I can’t tell you how excited she was! Her first week back to campus, she was texting me photos of her morning blend every day! I made this Strawberry Orange Banana Smoothie with Emily in mind. It’s a purists blend of fruits, yogurt and a little honey and ice, but it’s one I know she’ll love.
My secret ingredient for this frothy breakfast drink, is frozen concentrated orange juice. It adds a deep citrus flavor without watering down the smoothie the way plain orange juice would. When Em makes her morning blend, she adds all kinds of mix-ins including chia seeds and flax as well as kale and other veggies – I’m sure they would also be good in this one, but to keep that gorgeous blush color, I skipped the extras.
For froth and body as well as a hefty dose of potassium an overripe banana is the way to go. (Pro Tip: when bananas get past their prime – stick them in the freezer until you’re ready to make a banana bread, smoothie or other mashed ‘nana recipe.) This particular banana was still semi-frozen when I dropped it in the blender. A handful of fresh Florida strawberries (at their sweet, juicy peak right now) gave this smoothie a lovely pink hue.
Blend the fruit, yogurt and honey together and then add a few ice cubes. Pulse a few times until the drink is thick and creamy. Pour into two glasses and serve. Emily and I like an extra drizzle of honey on top — yum!
Strawberry Orange Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup ripe strawberries
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- 1 banana over ripe (I keep over ripe bananas in the freezer)
- 2 1/2 tablespoons frozen concentrated orange juice not diluted
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey plus more for garnish.
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Add the strawberries, yogurt, banana, frozen concentrated orange juice and honey to the blender. Add the ice cubes last. Start the blender on low and increase the speed until the fruit and ice are blended and smooth. Pour into a glass and drizzle with extra honey.