I have a real weakness for ice cream. Be it mid-summer or the depths of winter, I have a hard time resisting this frozen treat. My kids love the stuff as much as I do. Well, this smoothie satisfies those cravings and then some!
If you are looking for a healthy treat that goes great after a big workout, as a meal replacement, or to satisfy those ice cream cravings for you or your kids, give this smoothie a try!
I started thinking about this smoothie during a long run a few weeks ago. About five miles in, I began fantasizing about a big bowl of ice cream and began wondering: can I create a healthier version of the vision in my head? I thought that perhaps I could recreate a lot of the flavors of a banana split in a healthy smoothie that would satisfy my cravings and charge up my recovery after a long run.
This drink ticks off all the requirements for me. It’s full of the flavors I like best in a banana split and includes plenty of protein and carbs to help recover post-run. It’s also filling and satisfying enough to replace a meal.
The first time I made this I knew I had nailed it! Better yet, I let the kids taste test it and garnered two thumbs up from them. This is a real accomplishment at my house as I have a couple of pretty picky eaters with insatiable ice cream appetites.
The fixings are below, just blend all until smooth and you’ve got a healthy sundae in a glass!
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1/3 cup of fat-free vanilla greek yogurt
- 1 to 1 ½ cups fat-free milk
- 1 Tbl of cocoa
- 1 Tbl of PB Fit
- ¼ cup nuts (pick your favorite here, personally I like pecans)
- Skip lowering the calorie and fat content.
Calories: 537 Protein: 24g Fat: 21.8g Fiber: 12.7g
Calories: 349 Protein: 21.5g Fat: 2.8g Fiber: 10.1g
Additives: You can easily sub out or supplement your smoothie with any of the ingredients below to ramp up the flavor or health benefits
- ¼ cup frozen pineapple
- ¼ cup frozen cherries
- 1 Tbl. Chia seeds
So skip the sundae and go straight for this healthy treat. I bet you could even talk the kids into having half of one of these in place of grabbing something from the ice cream truck this summer.
Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below.