stevia – this is used for an extra hint of sweetness, but taste the smoothie before adding it because you might not need it if your berries are super sweet
Fresh or Frozen Fruit for Smoothies?
You can use fresh or frozen fruit in smoothies. It just depends on how thick (and cold) you like your smoothies. I personally love using frozen banana in smoothies because it gives them a creamy, thick texture that is similar to a smoothie you’d get at a smoothie shop. Check out my how to freeze bananas guide for some tips and tricks!
That said, I prefer to use fresh strawberries for this smoothie when they’re in season because they’re extra sweet. Frozen strawberries also work and will make the smoothie extra thick. If thick smoothies are your jam, opt for frozen berries.
This recipe also includes frozen banana chunks and ice so it will be chilled no matter which fruit option you use.
How to Make a Filling Smoothie
My number one tip for making a filling smoothie is adding some sort of protein. Without protein, you’re basically just eating a bunch of fiber and sugar. The protein helps balance the blood sugar spike and it help you feel satisfied and full longer which is always a goal in my book! For this smoothie, I like using vanilla or chocolate protein powder, whichever you have on hand. Obviously chocolate protein powder will give the smoothie even more chocolate flavor.