Here I would like to share with you a great banana smoothie recipes that are great for breakfast and will provide you lots of energy to face the day ahead.
The Health Benefits Of Bananas
One of the great things about bananas is that it is not only delicious and nutritious but it’s also cheap and available throughout the year unlike many other fruits. Bananas are great source of potassium and magnesium which aid in maintaining normal blood pressure and prevent heart disease. The high potassium content promotes bone health too. Bananas are rich in the soluble fiber pectin which assists healthy digestion and eases out constipation. They also contains tryptophan, an amino acid that makes serotonin, an active ingredient in the nervous system. You can read more about this subject of in my article 7 health issues bananas can solve.
Heart Smart Oatmeal Banana Smoothie
Oatmeal provides high levels of fiber, has low levels of fat and high levels of protein. It is a recommended food to control diabetes as the large amount of fiber causes a slower absorption of glucose. Almonds are rich in minerals (zinc, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium), vitamins (E, folic acid, B1, B2, B3), polyunsaturated fatty acids, protein and fiber. They also help lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy heart and blood vessels, help lower blood pressure and strengthen bones because they are rich in calcium. This yogurt smoothie recipe combines all these nutritional benefits and is delicious too!
2 whole Chiquita bananas (best with brown flecks on peel)
2 cups Ice
1/3 cup yogurt – preferably Greek yogurt flavored with honey
1/2 cup cooked oatmeal
1/3 cup almonds
Pour all ingredients in blender, pouring the ice in last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until smoothie thickens (source: chiquitabananas.com).
Breakfast Banana Green Smoothie
Green smoothies enable us to consume various combinations of greens and vegetables that can improve our health dramatically. The health benefits of green smoothie vary depending on the green leaves or vegetables you choose, but generally speaking they help clears toxins, help in dealing with iron deficiency, cleanse the digestive system, nurture the skin, improve vision, help prevent bad breath, and more.
5-6 lettuce leaves or a big handful of spinach
1 cucumber (or celery if you like)
Handful of sprouts
Dried pitted date
Optional: flaxseed or chia seeds (for the addition of omega- 3)
Cool water as needed, depending on the desired consistency.
Put all the ingredients in a blender without the water and blend. Add the water gradually until you have reached to the desired consistency.
Banana Cocoa Smoothie
And last – a recipe for cocoa banana smoothie.This smoothie is a great and easy way to incorporate raw cocoa into your daily nutrition.
4 oranges, juiced (you can change the taste by replacing orange juice with coconut water or milk substitutes)
2 tsp raw cocoa powder
2 bananas, peeled
1 mango, peeled and pitted
Pour the orange juice and all the other ingredients into the blender and blend. If you want you can add more juice or water to thin the smoothie.