Sunday, December 6, 2015

Banana and Berry Smoothie

The Bay Area weather is quite dreary today.  Not quite a steady stream of rain, which we need, but the slow and consistent drizzle.  There is nothing like a vivid berry and banana smoothie to brighten a Sunday morning. I happen to have all ingredients on hand to make hubby and me a nutritional glass of fruit wonderfulness to start our Sunday.

I have had the wonderful privilege of working as a Dole Ambassador for 2015.  With the year winding down, I wanted to share one last recipe that highlights the mission that Dole has undertaken to spread the word about how valuable fruits and vegetables are to include in your everyday diets.  A smoothie is a perfect start to any day of the week and so simple to prepare even with our busy schedules.

I believe the banana may just be one of the world’s most perfect foods. They are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Bananas contain potassium which provides a cardiovascular benefit and is an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. The average banana contains 400+ mg of potassium. Banana’s have a second benefit which involves their sterol content. As these sterols look structurally similar to cholesterol, they can block the absorption of dietary cholesterol. This helps to keep our blood cholesterol levels in check.  The mix of vitamins, minerals, and low glycemic carbohydrates in bananas has made them a fruit of choice among athletes.

When I visited the Dole Nutrition Institute in September, it was clear that both bananas and blueberries were “super fruits” of sorts.  Blueberries contain antioxidants that have benefits to the nervous system and brain health.  There is new evidence that blueberries can improve memory. They help with the blood sugar regulatory system and antioxidant protection of the digestive tract (especially with respect to the colon and its risk of cancer).  This is an amazing antioxidant fruit.

This incredibly tasty smoothie is both simple and tasty.  I actually recommend freezing the fruit.  It helps to produce a frozen smoothie that has great texture.  You can also add kale to add more fiber and nutritional benefits. Cheers to your health!

Banana and Berry Smoothie

Serves 2

6 oz Plain Greek Yogurt
2 Dole Bananas (peeled)
1 C. Blueberries
1 C. Raspberries
1 C. Strawberries
1 C. Cold Water

In a blender or Vitamix, add the above ingredients and blend until completely smooth.  Divide into 2 glasses and enjoy.

This post is sponsored by Dole.  I am part of their Amabassador program for 2015 and I am being compensated.  All opinions are 100% my own, as always.  Thank you for your continued readership and support.

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