One of the basic smoothies that features in every 101 Smoothies book and every smoothie website is a combination of strawberry and banana.  It is the classic start up smoothie and it tastes delicious.  It is definitely one of the best banana smoothie recipes but is just a start in the world of banana smoothies.  Then there are the health benefits to consider from those funny yellow fruit…

Why the best banana smoothie recipes do more than taste good

The banana sometimes gets overlooked as a fruit that does a lot more than just taste good and add a fun yellow touch to a dish.  Bananas have loads of healthy carbohydrates in them as well as potassium and these mean they are great for giving you energy.  They can also restore electrolytes in the body, particularly important after a period of activity.

Potassium in the bananas is also connected to good heart health and to keeping blood pressure in check.  As well as potassium, they also contain fibre which helps the cardiovascular system as well as the digestive process.  They can help to alleviate the symptoms of constipation and to prompt the production of serotonin, important for intestinal function.

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One medium banana contains:

  • 105-120 calories
  • 20% RDA Vitamin V6
  • 18% RDA Vitamin C
  • 13% RDA potassium
  • 12% RDA dietary fibre
  • 9% RDA manganese

Smoothie recipes

Apart from the classic strawberry-banana smoothie there are literally hundreds of different smoothie recipes to use the banana and add in a host of other health benefits too – while tasting great as well, I might add.  Here are a few to get you inspired.

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Kale and Banana Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups kale
  • ½ cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tbsp. flax seeds
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Pop everything into the blender and give it a good mix before serving into a glass.  If you want a chilled version, add some ice.

Blueberry, Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie

  • 1 tbsp. flax seed
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ cup plain yoghurt
  • 1 cup milk

This one has the colour going for it as it takes on the brilliant purple shade of the blueberries.  To make it, grind down the flax seed in a blender to make sure it is nice and fine.  Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth then serve.

Strawberry, Banana and Almond Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 7 strawberries, hulled
  • 3 tbsp. natural yoghurt
  • 3 tbsp. skimmed milk
  • 2 tbsp. ground almonds

This is a nice alternative to the simple strawberry and banana smoothie, adding the goodness of almonds to the mix.  Blend everything together until the consistency is just as you like it then serve.

Banana Breakfast Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon honey
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • ½ cup skimmed milk

Add all the ingredients apart from the yoghurt and blend until smooth.  Then add the yoghurt and blend for a short time until mixed in then serve.

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp. chocolate syrup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Not sure this one tops the list of healthy smoothies but it certainly sounds tasty – I love the combination of banana and chocolate.  Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend until the ice is crushed as desired then serve.

Sources:

www.allrecipes.com

www.bbcgoodfood.com

www.myrecipes.com

Banana smoothies are a great starting point for smoothie beginners but why are they so good for you? And what can you mix with the banana to get even more health benefits?
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