Health Boosting Breakfast Banana Smoothies

Health Boosting Breakfast Banana Smoothies
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Banana is a favorite fruit for many people. The good thing about banana is that it has many health benefits, and it is available all year-round unlike many other fruits.

While you cannot juice bananas, as they fall in the same boat as avocados – it doesn’t mean that you can’t blend them with your juice. Bananas make excellent smoothies – they add thickness and fiber to smoothies and make them taste smooth, creamy and delicious.

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.

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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, hence are one of the best foods for better sleep.

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You can read more about bananas in my article 7 health benefits of bananas. Eating a banana a day is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

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!

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Ingredients:
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).

Another great recipe is for green smoothie that combines the goodness of leafy greens and banana. You can also read my article how to upgrade your health with green smoothie recipes.

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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.

Ingredients:
5-6 lettuce leaves or a big handful of spinach
1 cucumber (or celery if you like)
Handful of sprouts
1 banana
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. I’ve written in the past about the amazing health benefits of raw cocoa, and 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.

To find our more great and easy smoothies for breakfast click on the following link:

10 Easy Smoothies for Breakfast

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28 Responses to Health Boosting Breakfast Banana Smoothies

  1. Dena says:

    This sounds great. Will make it soon!

  2. Jaya says:

    Great recipe! I just chop the bananas and freeze them, then there’s no need for ice 😉

    • steve says:

      I’ve heard that freezing bananas turned them black, but if this is not true, I’m guessing it must be just the skin that turns black when cold. Can you clarify please?

      • Jenny says:

        Hi Steve, please refer to WikiHow website to see all the information about how and when to freeze bananas – http://www.wikihow.com/Freeze-Bananas

      • Tammy says:

        Hey Steve. The bananas with peels on them (the peels) turn black. If you can stand the freezing of your finger tips. you can do it that way. what I do is: Buy 10-lbs of ripe bananas. the ones that are discounted. peel them and freeze them in gallon or quart size freezer bags. to get out the excess air I use a straw. and I use what i need, put the rest back into the freezer. I do have to separate them with a butter knife. It works.

        • Mary Simmons says:

          Tammy, I separate the pieces on a cookie sheet and freeze them that way then put them in bags. They don’t stick together so much that way. I use the straw trick, too. lol

      • Dolores says:

        You peel the bananas before you freeze them. If they are more ripe they might turn brown. If they are yellow they stay light color. it doesnt affect the taste.

      • maria gindl says:

        Hi steve peel the ripe bananas, place in a clip seal bag and put in freezer, if you blend them it will have the same consistency as ice-cream too.

  3. Jenny says:

    I really enjoyed this it had a nice subtle taste…just wondering if you could use the 1/2 cup of raw oats n not have to cook them?… I added some ultra greens superfood powder for more oomph

  4. admin says:

    You can use raw oats and not cook them, but I think the texture will be less smooth and creamy, but you can always give it a try. It’s good to experiment. The recipe is just an idea.

  5. Judith mccormack says:

    What is calorie and carb count?

  6. brian213 says:

    I doubt that cow’s milk yogurt is good for diabetics (or anyone). Good recipe, otherwise.

  7. bmr350z says:

    This tastes great!!! I subbed almond coconut milk in place of the yogurt. Looking fwd to making more of these and adding some more variations too. Thanks for sharing your recipe : )

  8. bmr350z says:

    PS I also added some honey to the oatmeal.

  9. Fred says:

    I also added a pinch of cinnamon and some honey to it. Family loved it!

  10. Lizzie Walsh says:

    How many people does this serve. Looks yummy!

  11. Andi says:

    If your going to use raw oats. soak them over night in almond milk or coconut milk. Dry raw oats can causes gastrointestinal distress. Symptoms of gastrointestinal distress might include constipation, excess gas, stomach cramps, nausea and difficulty passing stool. Although raw oatmeal is neither unhealthy nor dangerous, avoid eating it uncooked if it causes gastrointestinal distress.

  12. Laurie Patterson says:

    Sounds like a great source of Omega 3’s for those with high cholesteral. I would think cooking or soaking the oats maybe in some apple juice
    would make it a better texture.

  13. Annette says:

    Great healthy receipt, it tastes yummy and work for me,

  14. Sondra d. Thomas says:

    I thought bananas were bad for you,until recently about saying eating banana that is got more brown spots on them. What are they good for?

  15. Dawn D Petz says:

    I love bananas, but I did think it was ironic that right next to the recipe was an ad about “5 foods to never eat cause they can kill you” and the pic on the ad was of a banana. lol

  16. mary says:

    I made this for me and my daughter but put the dry oats and nuts in the processor first and chopped them up a bit. Since I used frozen banana’s I didn’t add much ice but did add a little almond milk with the greek yogurt. I added tart cherries and a little stevia as well. My daughter loved it. I may try it with some cocoa next time and strawberries and have a banana split smoothie. Thank you for the recipe, we loved it!

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