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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

You might be thinking I've abandoned you. I promise I haven't. But, I have been having to moderate my baking quite a bit.

A couple weeks ago I looked around and decided I had to do something to lose some weight and become more active. At 45 I had allowed my bone issues and other health issues to rule my life. Because it hurt to do things I just stopped moving. My life had become baking and eating what I baked (often completely by myself!) I'd put on far too much weight in the past 2 years or so and it was making the other problems I had much worse.

I decided that it was time to cut back on my constant eating and begin to move again. We've joined the local YMCA where I'm enjoying getting reacquainted with many muscles I'd thought I'd forgotten. I'm down over 8 pounds total (3 pounds just last week) and am finding that my back and hips aren't nearly as painful now that I'm using them more.

So, I haven't abandoned the site or my wonderful guests here, but I am having to moderate my baking so I don't tempt myself too much. :) I hope you'll understand and stick with me during the process of getting back to a more healthy weight and level of activity so I too can begin to enjoy all the delicious sweets again.

In the meantime, I'll be sharing some of the delicious things I run across or make that are a bit more "healthy" than our usual rich desserts and dishes. The first of these is a really wonderful tasting smoothie that uses strawberries, bananas, and soy milk. I really fell in love with this one and it was perfect on a very hot afternoon while awaiting an approaching monsoon thunderstorm!

This is only 150 calories per 10 ounce serving and is full of great vitamins and nutrients including 4.7 grams of protein and about 2.4 grams of fiber.

: Strawberry Banana Soy Milk Smoothie
: Delicious smoothie featuring strawberries and bananas with high protein soymilk.

  • 3 cups vanilla soymilk (Silk recommended)
  • 1 cup frozen sliced strawberries
  • 1 medium banana sliced then frozen
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup Splenda (or other no calorie sweetener)
  • 5-6 ice cubes

  1. For the banana, peel and slice into chunks then place in freezer bag and freeze 5-6 hours or overnight.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy. Serve immediately.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time:
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet tags: Low calorie
Number of servings (yield): 3
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
Calories: 150
Fat: 2.5
Protein: 4.7

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