Williams-Sonoma Smoothie Week: strawberry banana bean smoothie

Sometimes I can be a creature of habit. That can involve going for weeks at a time eating eggs-over-easy with toast. Other times it’s whipping up some banana “ice cream” after each dinner (mainly to divert my real ice cream craving). Lately, it’s been strawberry banana smoothies.

I know there are about 3,283 other combinations of food items that make up a delicious smoothie, but the happy marriage of strawberries and bananas is just so familiar to me. It’s hard to stray away when I need to make a glass real quick. That is, until Williams-Sonoma reached out to me!

After being contacted by Williams-Sonoma to take part in their Smoothie Week, I accepted like it was nobody’s business! This week’s theme is “Not Your Typical Smoothie”, and I knew my strawberry banana smoothie habits could be modified for this special occasion.

Strawberry banana smoothie with great northern beans | hello to fit

Yes. You read the title correctly. You saw that little plate on the left-hand side of the above photo. There are beans in this smoothie, people!

For me, beans contribute to the “Not Your Typical Smoothie” theme. I’ve never used legumes in a smoothie before, and I will admit I was a little nervous. After taking a sip (and then finishing) this glass of goodness, however, those nerves were gone. The extra bit of protein kept me fuller, too!

To make sure that you don’t have bits and pieces of beans in your smoothie, you’ve got to have the right blender. Need some ideas? Check out Williams-Sonoma’s spread of electric blenders here.

Strawberry banana bean smoothie

Serves 2-3

1 banana (mine was frozen)
2 small handfuls of chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
1/4 cup great Northern beans
1/2 – 1 cup milk of your choice

Blend ingredients together until smooth. Serve immediately.

Let’s chat!

  • What’s the most unusual thing you’ve added to your smoothies?
  • How do you make your favorite smoothie?
  • What type of blender would we find in your kitchen?

By Jess

Jess is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and yoga teacher. She enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for health and fitness with friends, family, clients, and readers.

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  • Fancy, Frugal & Fit

    December 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Adding beans to your smoothies is a great idea! I love hiding unexpected foods in my everyday treats!

  • Brittany

    December 12, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Adding beans is a great idea!! I bet this is creamy dreamy delicious!

    1. hellotofit

      December 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

      Quite creamy, indeed 🙂 and i couldnt really taste the beans, either!

  • Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes

    December 13, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Hmmm, interesting combo! I don’t typically like beans for the texture, but if they were blended I may think differently!

    1. hellotofit

      December 14, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Yes, i totally thought it was going to be weird, but it made the smoothie a little bit thicker!

  • Fancy, Frugal & Fit

    December 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I love adding unexpected healthy additions to food! When I could eat gluten, I used to add chopped up spinach to baked ziti.

    1. hellotofit

      December 16, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Chopped spinach is a great idea — I’ve never done that before! Will definitely give that a go the next time I make pasta (which isn’t very often, for my own good 😉 )

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