Tropicana’s Orange Strawberry Banana juice is my favorite flavor of juice in the whole world, but I try to avoid it since its such a concentrated form of sugar. Without any protein to slow down the absorption of carbs, those sugars rush straight to the blood stream, causing a spike followed by a crash!
This Strawberry Orange Banana Kefir Smoothie has all of the same wonderful flavors in that Tropicana juice, but since it contains a great deal of protein and a controlled amount of carbs, it’s an easy, energizing Trim Healthy Mama E!
Pure Orange Extract
Pure orange extract in this recipe gives it a note of orange flavor. You could also add a few slices of an orange, but not all blenders can handle citrus fruits very well, and I don’t like pieces in my smoothies! Using orange juice is not recommended, because without the fiber of the whole fruit, it’s also a concentrated form of sugar.
Double fermented low-fat kefir cuts down on the carbs even more. To double ferment your kefir, just let it sit out on the counter for 24 hours before refrigerating again. This will eat up more of the milk sugars, and actually turn the kefir itself into a Fuel Pull protein source; however, since this smoothie calls for half a banana, it’s still an E drink. If you wanted a Fuel Pull version with the same flavors, you could play around with your extracts a bit: omit the banana, and add banana and orange extracts to the strawberries, double-fermented kefir, collagen, and sweetener.
Trim Healthy Collagen
I added collagen to this smoothie for an extra shot of sustenance. I’m often hungry after E meals, but it’s usually because I’ve forgotten to include enough protein. A scoop of collagen, in addition to the protein found in kefir, will help you feel full until your next meal. Alternatively, you could use protein powder instead, or even leave out the additional protein boost if you plan to have this drink with an E meal.