Mar 112015
 
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Here is a healthy banana smoothie recipe to start the day. It almost guarantees no mid-morning slump.

Like everything in life bananas are a mix of good and not so good.
On the plus side:

  • Bananas are very low in saturated fats, sodium, and cholesterol.
  • Bananas are a great way to get dietary fiber, Vitamins C and B6, Potassium, and Manganese

Not so good:

  • Many of the calories in a banana come from sugars

Some avoid banana completely because of the sugars but I think that this is a case of the good outweighing the bad. While I wouldn’t want to build a meal plan around bananas, I see nothing harmful in enjoying them in a healthy banana smoothie recipe or any other smoothie recipe for that matter.

In your favorite blender mix:

  • 1 Banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup milk (your choice, skim, low fat, 2%, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup Greek vanilla Yogurt (fat-free if you prefer)
  • 1 tbsp. Peanut Butter, creamy not chunky
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (cut this back if you are not much of a vanilla fan; as little as 1/4 tsp. works)
  • 1 tbsp. Chia Seed

    To prepare, put everything into the blender at the same time and blend until smooth. If the mix is too thick it can be easily thinned with a bit more milk or a couple of ice cubes.


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