Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie

Not sure what to eat for a quick and easy lunch that will fill you up without adding extra calories and fat?  This Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie is full of protein and fruits.

Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie - so full of flavor and protein

 Ok, we are headed back on the skinny train today. :-)  Yes, right now my blog feels a little bi-polar.  Dessert…healthy recipe…dessert…healthy recipe.  Gotta love this time of year, right?

Can I confess something though?  I have been having fun coming up with healthier recipes and ideas.  Right now we have been trying hard to incorporate more healthy options to our eating and to resist to all the baked goods that I am still making.  It’s been hard, but totally worth it.  4 pounds of sludge has been eliminated…now to keep it off (and more hopefully) by making these healthy eating habits a life style change.  

Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie - a light, refreshing shake idea to replace a meal

Working out is something that I have to talk myself into.  I have never been one of those people that gets an exercise high.  My excitement comes when I do that last move, and know I am done for the day.  That get’s me pretty excited!

A few months ago my husband and I joined a gym.  One with real weights.  Barbells, sand bags, medicine balls…the real deal.  They put up a new work out each day on the white board that we have been trying.  The first time I saw box jumps on the list, I told myself that there was no way.  Sure enough, I tried and just about fell on my face.  So, step ups were what I resorted to doing.

Fast forward 2 months and there are those dang box jumps on the list again.  (they have been there a few other times, but I still kept doing step ups)  I stared that box down and decided that I was going to do it today.  All it takes is getting past the mental block that I kept putting there.  I stepped up to the box and did it on the first try.  I think I ended up doing a total of 35 jumps that day!  Woo hoo!  That 20 inch box has nothing on me!

Now to face that mental block about healthy eating.  Same thing happened there a few months ago.  I tried doing a cleanse and adding healthy eating in.  I told myself that the holidays were coming, so it was ok to not eat completely right.  It ended ok because I was down 5 1/2 inches over all.  Not too shabby!  But this time around, I keep telling myself that healthy eating is good. and that I like it.  It’s all about making those little changes, right?  Eventually enough little changes add up to a big difference.

This Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie is one of my favorite lunch options.  Now I don’t eat it every day because I am watching how much fruit I eat.  There is sugar after all in fruit.  At least that sugar is a little better than the brownie sugar, right?  By adding greek yogurt and protein powder this totally makes a delicious meal replacement shake.  All the protein keeps me full longer…at least until I need to eat my next healthy snack.

Bye, bye mental block!  I am so over you!

Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie

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Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie

This delicious Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothie is packed with protein to keep you full longer.

Ingredients

1/2 cup frozen dark, sweet cherries
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 cup skim milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Instructions

  1. Place everything in a blender and pulse until completely blended.
  2. Pour into 2 glasses and enjoy.
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Comments

  1. says

    Good job on the box jumps!! I’m like you, I don’t look forward to working out . . . but given how much it improves my mood, like it can turn an AWFUL day into a fairly decent one, I have started looking forward to that. It can be a really powerful motivator. This smoothie looks awesome! I looooooove cherries. I can’t wait to try this! {PS I’m suddenly feeling very self conscious of the list of posts that comment luv just pulled from Wine & Glue, lol!}
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  2. says

    I’ve never tried cherries in my smoothie! But boy does it sound good! You go girl; half the battle in exercise is truly the thoughts. A smoothie like this would be very motivating! :)

  3. Nancy says

    I so have all the ingredients for this and will be making it this evening. I love this smoothie! And great job on the exercising!

  4. says

    Looks delicious! I’ve been making smoothies with whey from some mozzarella I made this week. Of course, the vanilla flavored powder probably tastes better, but I’m glad to add some protein to yummy fruit and green smoothies. Lovely photos, Jocelyn.
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