Some say Labor Day was the unofficial end of summer, but we have less than two weeks until autumn. So, let's savor the next couple of weeks with the last tastes of summer. Hattiesburg Clinic dietitian Stephanie Owen has a recipe using one of summer's staple fruits.
It is a strawberry banana smoothie. Owen said fruits are, of course, good for you but she wants people to know about fresh vs. frozen.
"Fresh is going to be better. Frozen fruits and vegetable, they'll lose a little of their nutritional value," Owen said. But when fresh is out of season, Owen said frozen may be the way to go.
"It's just as good. It does give you some of the properties, and it actually helps with the thickening process of the smoothie," Owen said.
Another ingredient in the smoothie is fat-free Greek yogurt, which Owen said is a better alternative.
"It a better choice than ice cream, because ice cream will give you extra fat and extra calories, but it will give you more creaminess. So, maybe you could do half and half. Anything that will make it to your taste," Owen said.
Owen used reduced-fat milk for the smoothie, but she said you could use fruit juice.
"With fruit juice you want to make sure it's not real potent to take away from what the smoothie is suppose to taste like," Owen said.
As for the banana, Owen said the banana is high in potassium, which helps with blood pressure.
"And the half a cup of strawberries is a good source of fiber, which helps with digestion," Owen said.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie:
- 1 Banana
- 1/2 Cup of sliced Strawberries
- 3/4 cup of fat free Greek Yogurt
- 1 cup of low fat milk
- 1/2 cup of ice
Mix it all in a blender and enjoy! Owen said this recipe is only 180 calories and can make two to three cups.
"You can add protein powder if you are trying to help build muscle when you are working out, or you can even take up some flax seeds, crunch them up and put them in there and get yourself some extra fiber," Owen said.