What is healthier than a milkshake, but offers that same consistency yet is more filling than juice? Smoothies of course!

Smoothies are a great way to get some extra fruit and veggies into your diet. Not to mention they are a quick on the go breakfast, snack, light meal or recovery drink after a good workout. With the right recipe, smoothies lend themselves nicely to balanced nutrition offering carbs, protein and fat all in one cup. Balanced meals are the foundation to weight loss, management and those flat tummies that should be flaunted!

One of my favorite smoothie additions are strawberries. Strawberries are abundant in the summer months and smoothies are a great way to use up the berry bulk before spoiling. Frozen strawberries are just as good when fresh are not in season. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, antioxidants, manganese, potassium and fiber. Not to mention strawberries are low calorie, sodium, fat and cholesterol free. These little red powerhouses make them an excellent flat tummy friendly fruit for your daily smoothie.

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Break out the blender friends!If you haven’t tried smoothies before try one of these strawberry smoothie recipes that not only offer balanced nutrition (protein, carbs, fat, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) but are flat tummy friendly, too. Blend and enjoy!

strawberry smoothie recipes

Strawberry Banana Blast (Yields 1 Serving)

1 cup Low Fat Milk or Dairy Alternative(Almond, Coconut, Rice, Hemp, Soy)
1 cup Strawberries
½ Ripe Banana
1 cup Kale or Spinach (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds or Ground Flax Seed
Ice
If desired
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (Whey, Hemp, Soy, Pea or a blend)
Dash of cinnamon

PB & J (Yields 1 Serving)

½ cup Low Fat Milk or Dairy Alternative (Almond, Coconut, Rice, Hemp, Soy)
½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt (2% Fat)
1 cup Strawberries
1 tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds or Ground Flax Seed
Ice
If desired
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (Whey, Hemp, Soy, Pea or a blend)

Tropical Paradise(Yields 1 Serving)

½ – ¾ cup Coconut Water

½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt (2% Fat)
½ cup Strawberries
½ cup Pineapple
1 cup Kale or Spinach (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds or Ground Flax Seed
Ice
If desired
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (Whey, Hemp, Soy, Pea or a blend)
Coconut flakes for garnish.

Smoothie tips

Frozen fruits will eliminate the need for ice. Add more ice for a thicker smoothie, less ice or more liquid for a thinner smoothie. Careful not to chug or gulp down, doing so will cause you to ingest excess air causing belly bloat.

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