A few weeks back, my Mom and I went to "the city" (in our neck of the woods, that means New York City, a place where both of us have lived at some point in our lives) and after taking care of what we were there for, we walked from the West 60s to Penn Station to take the train home. It's been a few years since the two of us went together and my Mom has slowed down a bit, so it was harder for her to do the walk than the last time.
We stopped at a wonderful health food store on 8th Avenue, but we didn't sit while there, so my Mom wanted to stop some place we could sit. So we stopped at a Starbucks. Because I'm vegan (and diabetic, so I can't have sugar or sweetened soy milk), they made me a smoothie with bananas and strawberries. It was delicious.
So it got me to start making my own -- I take 2-3 bananas, a bag of frozen strawberries, 1 1/2 to 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk, sometimes I add 1/4 to 1/2 bag frozen mixed berries or frozen mango, and then I add stevia to taste (or your sweetener of choice, or no sweetener if you think it's sweet enough without it) and whir it together in a blender. (If it's too thick, I add some filtered water to help it whir better.)
This is a good start -- if there's anything else you'd like to put in (other fruit, some nuts, etc.), experiment. With the summer heat (we've had temps in the high 80s to the high 90s), this is very refreshing. It's also very filling.
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