Best Banana Smoothies for Your Good Health

Banana Smoothies for Your Health

Bananas are a natural health food.  They contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose as well as fiber.  They can give a substantial energy boost.  Bananas will provide enough energy to help you through a 90-minute workout.  It’s a favorite fruit of athletes around the world.

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Bananas also provide added health benefits and help with things like depression.  The natural tryptophan in a banana helps you relax and improves your mood.  Because bananas are high in iron they can help with the production of hemoglobin which counteracts anemia.  Bananas are high in potassium and are great with helping lower blood pressure.

There are many other health benefits to bananas, that’s what makes them a great ingredient to include in your health smoothie.  Here are some great banana smoothie recipes to add to your blender for veggie smoothies.

Frothy Pineapple Banana Smoothie

  • 1 can (11.5 oz.) pineapple-orange juice concentrate (found in juice aisle)
  • 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 ripe banana, broken into pieces
  1. Place all ingredients in blender jar; cover.
  2. Pulse for 45 seconds or until desired consistency.

Serves: 2-4

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Non-fat Low Calorie Strawberry Banana Smoothie via SmoothieWeb.com

  • 1 Cup Fresh Strawberries
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup Non-fat yogurt
  • 1 packet sugar or sugar substitute. I like using Stevia
  • 1 cup of ice

Blend until creamy and delicious, which won’t take long.

Banana Peach Smoothie

210 calories

What you’ll need:

  •  2 whole bananas, frozen, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large peach, peeled and sliced
  • 1 6 ounce carton of nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1 dash nutmeg (optional)

Place all the ingredients in the blender and puree until smooth.  If desired, sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve immediately.

Pineapple Banana Smoothie

190 calories

What you’ll need:

  • ½ banana
  • 1 package pineapple bites (Chiquita makes these)
  • 1/3 cup milk

Combine all ingredients in your blender and blend on high for 40 seconds or until the smoothie is thick.  If desired you can add 2 tablespoons cappuccino powder, 1 tablespoon almonds or 1 scoop of protein mix.

Mint Green Banana Smoothie

173 calories (this recipe makes two servings)

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup chilled coconut milk
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 10 leaves fresh mint, chopped
  • ¼ cup raw cacao seeds
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 gram packet stevia powder
  • 1 banana, frozen and sliced
  • Ice or water as needed

Blend the coconut milk, spinach, mint leaves, cacao seeds, and peppermint extract and stevia powder in your blender.  Slowly add in the banana chunks.  Add ice or water to get to the desired thickness.

Orange Banana Smoothie

126 calories (this recipe makes three servings)

What you’ll need

  • 1 ½ cups freshly squeezed orange juice (about 4 oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup strawberries, tops removed and cut in half.
  • 1 to 1 ½ ripe bananas

Combine the orange juice, lime juice, strawberries and banana in the blender.  Blend until smooth.  Refrigerate until cold.

Berry-Banana Smoothie

270 calories (makes two servings)

  • 1 cup plain, vanilla, strawberry or raspberry fat-free yogurt
  • ½ cup round oat cereal such as Cheerios®
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal
  • ½ cup fresh strawberry halves or raspberries.  Or frozen whole strawberries
  • ½ cup fat-free (skim) milk
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ banana

Place all the ingredients in your blender.  Cover and blend on high for about 10 sections.  Stop the blender so you can scrape the sides.  Cover and blend an additional 20 seconds or until smooth.  Serve immediately.

Banana Spice Smoothie

283 calories (makes 2 servings)

  • What you’ll need:
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups vanilla kefir*
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 12 ice cubes

Combine kefir, bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ice cubes in a blender.  Blend until smooth.  Serve immediately.

* You can find kefir in your dairy section.  It’s a drinkable yogurt that contains protein and calcium.

The great thing about bananas is the health benefit that they provide.  But the even better thing about including bananas in your smoothies is that you don’t have to settle for the banana flavor every time you blend up a smoothie.

The recipes above are great.  But be creative and try your own blends.  Here’s to healthy eating.

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