Taking yoga for a class this semester was a last minute decision made my literally a week before classes start. (Ahhhh. The joy of college) There are obviously pros and cons about it: Cons-8am class, there is actual learning involved (i.e: we're learning about the science of it), it is killer on all the muscles I never really use (i.e: my upper body arm muscles, my diaphragm, etc.), did I mention it was at 8? Pros-It is an 8am classes which means I start my school day actually rejuvenated and awake, its an actual exercise so I can say that I exercise twice a week for an hour, I am actually learning about something that I enjoy (seriously, I've always wanted to take a yoga class and now I am getting graded on it? Heck yeah!).
Back to the point of this post though. With yoga, I have been feeling good, mentally and sometimes physically, the burn on the arms and legs are so worth it, and I have been wanting to keep that feeling, whether it was eating healthy or going for a short time at the gym, so that's where this comes in.
I have always loved smoothies, especially strawberry-banana ones, so when I get the chance to make them (which has actually been quite often these days), I jump at it. So I decided to share with y'all my favorite homemade smoothie recipe today!
half a bag of frozen strawberries (you can use refrigerated as well, frozen was what I had in stock)
2 bananas, sliced
1 cup milk
1 tsp of sugar (to give it a little added sweetness)
Honey, will be drizzled to the fruit
Making this smoothie is insanely easy. First you place your strawberries in a microwave safe bowl and pop them in the microwave for 25-30 seconds. While they are defrosting, measure out your milk, pour and put a handful of ice cubes into the blender.
Taking your banana, peel it and start slicing into average size slices. I realize that slicing bananas is harder than some people make it look, so feel free to peel it all the way and slice it on a cutting board if you want to. Add these slices to the blender.
Once the strawberries are unfrozen, go ahead and slip them into the blender as well.
Now while the strawberries and bananas add a natural sweetness to the smoothie, we do want to make it just a tad bit sweeter. I use a drizzle of homemade honey (that my mom's neighbor is so kind to make for us) and a teaspoon of sugar. So while it gives the sweetness, it isn't a whole bunch of sugar.
The final step, once you have everything in your blender, cap it and start it up. Make sure you hold the lid down because blender caps are known for flying off with the high speeds. I set my blender to 1, blending it for 15 seconds, speed it up to 2 for 10 seconds, then back down to 1 for 30 more seconds. After that, I pop the lid off and see if it's runny or thick. If it's thick, you can close it and blend it for 15 more seconds, or if you like your smoothies thick, you are good.
Grab your glass and drink up! I absolutely love this smoothie, and now that I have not only time to make it but also space to make it, I have been making them more often.
Now I have a challenge for all you lovelies out there! If you make this smoothie or any other smoothie, tweet (@mikaylaMOG) me or tag me on instagram (@mikaylaoelschlegel) photos of all your gorgeous and yummy smoothies. Show me your smoothie face!