This must be one of my favorite combos. Whenever we post a strawberry and banana combo, it seems many of you love it, too. And this one from Jessica Gavin is deliciously creamy, thick and filling, so here’s another opportunity to start your day in a healthy way that will keep you full and help stop you snacking.

Another fiber- and nutrient-rich smoothie, thanks to the addition of oats and almonds to fruit mix. As well as being tasty and nutritious, almonds have also been shown to reduce the urge to snack. Take a small serving of this smoothie as a snack or a larger serving to replace a meal. Just remember, it’s not a good idea to drink a filling smoothie along with your meal, unless you need to put on weight.

Jessica gives some smoothie-making advice …

Smoothies should be creamy, have a nice chill, and be thick enough to sip through a straw with slight resistance. You don’t want a smoothie that is super icy. What helps is to buy frozen or freeze your fruit. Your blender will break down the frozen fruits into just the right consistency, so each sip is cool and thick. Frozen fruit also prevents diluting the flavor as the smoothie gradually melts. At least half of the recipe should be frozen, 2/3 is preferable. You can meal prep by slicing, portioning and freezing your fruit, so it’s ready to go at any time. Use ice if you’re strapped for time, but frozen fruit (strawberries and banana in this recipe), is best. If you want a more creamy smoothie, yogurts, nut butter, oatmeal (cooked or uncooked) or ground flaxseed will do the trick.

 

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