A Summery Drink for a Not-So-Summery Day

Strawberry Smoothie 2

As I have mentioned before, it is quite cold here at the moment as we are heading into Winter ‘down under’, but when I saw that the theme for this round of Weekend Breakfast Blogging was ‘Summer Fruits’ I had to turn up the heating to trick myself into thinking it was summer, just so I could participate!

I made one of my favourite smoothies for lunch today, OK so it isn’t the weekend, and I had it at lunchtime. But really, this is one of the best breakfasts during Summer when your appetite isn’t so big and all you want for breakfast is something cool, fresh & fruity.

Another good thing about this smoothie is that it is low in fat and provides almost half of the average adults recommended daily intake of calcium. So drink up!

Strawberry Smoothie (Serves 1)

Strawberry Smoothie 1

Blend together 1/2C skim milk, 1/2C low-fat natural yoghurt, 1Tbsp honey, 1/4tsp vanilla extract & 150g hulled, quartered strawberries with a stick blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with a couple of halved strawberries, if desired.

I hull and quarter strawberries that are getting close to their use by and freeze them in 150g serves in freezer bags for making smoothies at a later date. Using frozen fruits makes them even more refreshing for a hot summer’s day.

You can obviously substitute different fruits for the strawberries, another of my favourites is banana (1-2 per smoothie is good).

Why Should I Eat That?

I am currently under orders of my dietician to keep a detailed food diary for the next month, so you may notice more nutritional information on my posts, as I need to keep track of what I am eating. The following nutritional information was collated from information on the Calorie King Australia website. The information is based on me using ‘Pura Light Start’ milk and ‘Jalna’ low fat natural yoghurt.

Nutritional Information: (per serve)
Total fat 1.9g (Saturated Fat 0.9g), Sodium 181.0mg, Total carbohydrates 44.7g (Sugars 38.0g), Dietary fibre 3.0g, Protein 12.7g, Calcium 483.6mg, Potassium 491.0mg

This smoothie contains 1 of your 2 required serves of fruit for the day, your body needs 2 serves of fruit & 5 serves of vegetables everyday!

RDI of Calcium:
The recommended daily intake of calcium for adult men and women 1000mg. Older men (over 70 years) and post menopausal women (around 50 years and older), as well as teenagers (12-18 years) need around 1300mg to maintain and build bone strength. For more information on the roles of calcium in the body, and more detailed RDI’s for calcium across different ages, visit the Better Health Channel website, a government health information source.

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