Strawberry banana goodness with splashes of caffeine and apple cider vinegar – the best way to describe my new favorite morning drink. With only 130 calories per serving (at 1 serving per day) you are not adding much to your calorie count but adding a lot of key intake to your day.
Need more AM caffeine than what you see below? This gem also makes a great afternoon snack/pick-me-up combo with a boost of nutrients.
- 20 oz of cold water
- 8-10 large ice cubes
- Strawberry Crystal Light packet (10 calories per packet)
- Strawberry Lemonade Starbucks Refreshers packet (70 calories per packet)
- 2 bananas (approx. 180 calories)
- 4 tbsp of apple cider vinegar from Marianos (0 calories!)
Yields 2 servings total for a total of = 260 calories
That is only 130 calories per ~18 oz serving, per day!
What are the benefits of this concoction?
The Crystal Light packet is primarily just flavor to help tone down the lemonade effect of the Starbucks Refresher.
The Starbucks packets add caffeine from green coffee extract and strawberry lemonade flavor (if preferred, this ingredient could likely be cut out due to the Crystal Light providing caffeine and strawberry flavoring, I’m just very used to this additive due to my routine morning Pink Drinks).
The Bananas are one of two big nutritional contributions. They are rich in vitamin B6 and a good source of manganese, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, potassium, biotin (read: healthy hair), and even copper.
The Apple Cider Vinegar has a laundry list of nutritional benefits, most importantly being the many benefits of cardiac health it offers. This article from Authority Nutrition does a great job of explaining the benefits for you and your food that Apple Cider Vinegar provides.
I don’t need two servings…how can I just make one at a time? – very easily.
10 oz water, half of each packet, half of the ice, 1 banana, 2 tbsp of the apple cider vinegar – BOOM.
Or, if you don’t have a roomie to share a smoothie with, you can store the extra half in a temperature-seeling stainless steel container. I froze mine all day and moved to the fridge before bed so it would soften for the morning commute. It ended up being a little too temperature-seeled and I let it thaw until afternoon, but you can adjust that with using a plastic tumbler, most likely. Shake it a bit to break up any remaining ice and you’re all set for day two without the second round of cleanup:
I’m looking forward to adding Apple Cider Vinegar into more of my diet in the near future, there are so many more opportunities out there that I’ve seen.
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