Friday, 27 March 2015

Banana and Mixed Berries Smoothie


Many years ago, and I mean many years ago, I used to have banana smoothies for breakfast. At that time, I was very fit. I used to be able to jump rope for 45 minutes non-stop. Really.


Unbelievable as it may seem, that was true. I mean the jumping rope part. But I was not consistent and soon lost my ability for endurance rope jumping. With that, my weight started to creep up on me and I stopped drinking smoothies.

Smoothies are considered to be healthy but you have to beware that bananas and other fruits contain a fair bit of carbohydrates/natural sugars and if you are not careful, you will find your weight piling up. 


My smoothie is made using one banana, some frozen mixed berries, one tub of peach yogurt and some ice-cubes. I remembered offering this smoothie to my mum once and she was hesitant. It was the yogurt (I used plain yogurt) that made her apprehensive as she thought it might taste yucky.


But mum is a good sport and she sipped the smoothie tentatively. And the next thing I knew, mum was gulping down the smoothie with gusto! Right after that we tested my concoction on my dad without telling him about the yogurt. Same thing happened. Gulp, gulp, gulp! That was how delicious the smoothie was.


This smoothie is really easy to make. Just dump the banana, yogurt, frozen berries and ice cubes into the blender and whizz away. What you will get is a thick smoothie that is very tasty and filling. It is a great pick-me-up for breakfast or any time of the day.


I think I will re-introduce this banana smoothie into my breakfast routine. Moderation is key and I should only take this on days when I exercise. Perhaps the smoothie will motivate me to exercise more. Laughable. hah..hah...


If you have never had a smoothie before, you should try this. There are many variations to the recipe. You can use bananas with plain yogurt or flavored yogurt and add other fruits like dragonfruit or mangoes. So far, I only like smoothies that contain bananas. So cheers, lets's drink up to bananas!











Banana and Mixed Berries Smoothie
Recipe source : Phong Hong

Ingredients :
- one banana
- some frozen mixed berries
- 1 tub yogurt
- some ice-cubes

Method :
1. Put everything into a blender and blend till ice cubes are finely crushed.
2. Serve immediately.


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This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY and hosted by Faeez of BitterSweetSpicy.

43 comments:

  1. Not into smoothies. Reminds me of the time when my girl was little and took ages to start learning to eat solids and we had to blend EVERYTHING for her. :(

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    1. I suppose this is like baby food to you hah..hah...

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  2. What you say is very true about smoothies having a fair bit of carbohydrates/natural sugars and may contribute to gaining weight. I think it may even lead to diabetes if drink too much and too often.

    Wow, you can skip for 45 minutes non stop! You must be really fit!!!

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    1. Mun, that was a long, long time ago! Now I can't even manage for 5 minutes hah..hah... We have to be consistent with our exercise programme or else we lose our fitness level :(

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  3. Wah, after banana ice cream, not got banana mixed berries smoothie pulak.. I always mm seh tak buy mixed berries, very mahal la.. Especially the blueberries.. I usually just make cheap popsicles using bananas, yoghurt and some icing sugar.. Minus berries, hehe.. Lastime I tried strawberries and blueberries, very nice.. Oohh, gave me an idea after reading your post.. Use flavoured yoghurt instead of plain yoghurt.. Pssstt, I don't like the taste of plain yoghurt, hehe..

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    1. Louiz, I also don't like the taste of plain yogurt. It's smelly to me! Yah, berries are so expensive so I only buy it once in a blue moon.

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  4. I think one banana is fine lah, if you are not eating other things for breakfast. The banana is what makes you feel the "fullness" to prevent you from feeling hungry and eating other food.

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    1. I suppose so. But I love bananas too much and I can eat up to 5 at one go!

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  5. smoothies!!! i loooooooove smooooooooothiessssssss!!! and like you, banana and berries make a good combination.. i would love those fruity, berry, citrusy, nutty types of smoothies than those chocolate or green tea based.. hahaha, did i just tell you this in your previous post about ice-cream?? errr, basically the same principle applies to smoothies, ice-cream as well as milk shakes.. and oh, cakes as well.. i am one who enjoys chocolates or green tea themselves, but i never like things that are made of them, except the chocolate products is really rich and chocolatey then it's a different story.. :p

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    1. Ah, yes! I remembered you told me that in the last post. I also don't like green tea ice-cream or green tea cakes. Chocolate of course lah I like a lot in anything.

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  6. oppps, talked too much unrelated to the smoothies, paiseh, haha!! but before that ah, i am very impressed that you could jump rope for 45 minutes!!! OMG, that is indeed a very good exercise and very "calorie hungry" to shed off all your calories.. i have heard jumping rope is even more effective than running.. so i can imagine you were the size of Small Kucing's Mamarazzi last time?? but now probably a little bit towards Small Kucing's Paparazzi?? hehehe, just kidding.. no matter what size you are, i believe you sure is a nice person to get along with.. size does not matter!!! i hope i can also jump rope for 45 minutes dei.. :)

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    1. Jumping rope requires a lot of stamina and I think you know that boxers incorporate that into their training. If one is not fit, even 5 minutes of skipping is very tough. Looking back, I can't believe I was that fit! I regret not keeping up.

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  7. so PH you are now making smoothies and ice-cream again!! stocked up lots of frozen berries and bananas huh?? if you have taken out your ice-cream maker earlier, i wonder if you would do something with your containers of pumpkin puree in the freezer?? hehehe, pumpkin ice-cream maybe?? who knows that would actually taste nice, probably added in some raisins or nuts or chocolate chips, and you created a new flavor then can sell your recipe to Miskin Robins already!! :D

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    1. Aiyo! You are brilliant! Pumpkin and banana ice cream, eh? Or just pumpkin ice-cream. Ah....I am so going to buy pumpkins to make pumpkin puree and experiment! hee,,hee,,,

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  8. I'm not that into smoothies (because of the thickness)...I prefer juices anytime....but they're healthy breakfast alternatives though :)

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    1. I find smoothies very filling and satisfying! But not too much or I'll grow bigger hee..hee..

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  9. Hish Phong Hong ni... babab karang! Lepas satu satu benda sedap dia show dekat sini tau. I nak turun buat smootie lah... hihihihi... ye ke tu mama? We'll see!

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    1. hahahaha....Mama ni bila turn, dia akan buat benda lain pulak. LOL!

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  10. Puan phong hong, saya pedakit kanser stage 3. Berminat untuk dapatkan tool kit for enema. Please help me provide some info.

    Please and please do sms or wassap me at 0199884869. Im stay at kota bharu.

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    1. A. Ubaidillah Alias, jika berminat sila layari :

      http://www.newlife.com.my/herbal-detox.html/

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  11. somehow it's for me hard to belive all this sugar staff in fresh fruits as during summer when I eat a lot of them instead of other food, I am always lighter:)

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  12. Phong Hong, I can eat bananas for breakfast and lunch. Just thinking...hmm if smoothie with less ice-cream but more fruits and yoghurt will be more healthy? .

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    1. Nancy, smoothies every now and then should be OK if you are reasonably active, which I think you are :)

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  13. I like this, but if you ask me to make it, i do not know, hehe...

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    1. Sharon, just dump everything into the blender. Very easy but washing up is no fun :(

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  14. I seldom take smoothies.. unless it is going to be a long chat with my friend outside.. I take a long time to finish a full glass... yes, unless I make my own one like you do.. then can slowly sip and enjoy the goodness!!

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    1. Claire, I always finish it very fast hah..ha...

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  15. 45 minutes of jump roping? That actually makes me tired thinking of it! Love the look of this smoothie though :)

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    1. Cathleen, that was history, I can't even do 5 minutes now :(

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  16. Hi Phong Hong,
    I'll accompany you for the smoothie, but I'll pass on the rope jumping! Hahaha!
    Yummy looking smoothies! Slurp...!!!

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    1. Joyce, I will also pass the rope jumping hah..hah,,,,

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  17. Indeed very healthy and simply yummy!

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  18. You know, I've never been terribly into smoothies, just a textural thing. I've always been of the mind that - if you want a banana... eat a banana.

    But, it IS pretty :).

    Phong... I've made a huge change to my site and converted to self hosted. The RSS feed that you have for plate fodder probably wont update past the post before the switch. I'd love to continue to show up in your feed, (your readers have always been kind enough to visit :))
    You'll need to refresh the link to redirect you to the new site - it's still the same URL. just new stuff

    Toby

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    1. Hi Toby! Yeah, I get what you mean, it's the thick gloopy texture that you don't fancy. I'm OK with it as long as it's bananas :)

      No worries, I have just updated your link. I wouldn't want to miss a thing myself!

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  19. Phong Hong,
    I don't really fancy smoothies but occasionally will pick up 1 when having chit chat with friends. Ever made some fruit smoothie too but that was many years ago .... hee hee.
    This Banana and Mixed Berries Smoothie of yours surely tasty and refreshing!

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    1. Hi Karen, some people don't like the thickness I suppose :) Just eat bananas as it is, easier and no need to wash up hee..hee...

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  20. I am sure that can make one very full and can skip meal!! Very nutritious!

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    1. Chris, it's very filling and nice to drink.

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  21. What a yummy fruity nectar! It looks heavenly and nice. I always paid a bomb to drink them.

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    1. TM, it's better to have these at home and not pay obscene prices!

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