A banana smoothie is very easy to make, and all the ingredients you will need are probably right in your refrigerator. Bananas go well with everything from coffee to peanut butter to many other different kinds of fruits.
So, pull those ingredients out and let’s get to "smoothie make-in"
Bone Health – bananas are high in potassium which prevents the weakening of bones. Most Americans have a high sodium intake-diet which can result in an excessive amount of calcium lost through urine.
Calcium loss means general bone health is lost. The potassium of bananas helps to neutralize the effects of a high sodium diet by allowing the calcium to remain in the body.
Good source of Dietary Fiber – a single serving of banana contains 16% of the daily recommended dietary fiber intake for a normal adult – that’s pretty impressive!
Fiber is very important for the elimination of harmful toxins out of your system.
Help to Reduce Depression – tryptophan acids are found in bananas which help to reduce depression and improve peoples mood.
High in Iron – bananas contain high levels of potassium, but they also contain high levels of iron. People who are anemic would benefit greatly by taking bananas to try to increase their hemoglobin which may help result in higher energy levels and better moods.
Now, don’t get scared away by the brown spots, they are not all bad. As bananas ripen their starch content is converted into sugars (increased sweetness) which causes the brown spots.
So basically, when you eat a perfectly yellow banana are you eating more starch, and when eating a banana with a few brown spots you are eating more sugar.
It’s better to eat a banana with a few brown spots than a perfectly yellow banana because the perfectly yellow banana is not completely ripe and has not released all of it’s sugars. The brown spots mean that the banana is ripened, sweetened and is ready to eat!
(*take note that you don’t want to eat a black banana – that means it’s rotten, just light brown spots is what you want!)
Banana Strawberry Smoothie
5oz fresh strawberries stem removed
1 ripe banana
1 ½ tablespoons honey
1 cup ice
Wash your strawberries and removed the peel off your banana and add all of your ingredients to the blender, and blend until smooth.
Banana Cinnamon Smoothie
¼ cup plain yogurt or you can use vanilla
¼ cup milk
A dash of vanilla
A dash of cinnamon
Add ice as needed
Blend in your blender until smooth.
Basic Banana Smoothie
½ cup blueberries
1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Banana Nutmeg Smoothie
1 ½ cups milk
1 tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Blend in your blend until smooth. And remember to add ice if needed.
The Ultimate Banana Smoothie
2 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa powder
2 cups milk
7 oz sweetened condensed milk (most use the fat-free)
2 frozen bananas, peeled
Blend in your blender until smooth. Enjoy!