Naturally sweet bananas can be turned into healthy smoothies that are great for breakfast or for sharing with the kids.
When I was a youngster, in summer time my mom would occasionally make a “banana milk shake” in her Kenwood Chef liquidiser. It was a great treat and I loved it! That was before “smoothies” had been invented!
You’ll be aware that many smoothie recipes today include bananas… But instead of milk, healthier recipes include ingredients such as almond milk instead of dairy, and probably other fruit and vegetables for a better nutritional balance.
Here’s a classic example of a “Beautifully Simple Banana Smoothie” (from Rebecca Bohl at HealingSmoothies.com).
Wondering why bananas are so widely used in healthy smoothies? Let’s have Rebecca remind us of a couple of factors, before revealing her elegantly easy recipe…
As far as health benefits go, bananas are well known for their high amount of potassium. They provide natural energy and are therefore great before a long workout. Or if you feel sluggish in the afternoon, this pick-me-up might be just the thing you need.
Potassium is probably the mineral that is most commonly associated with bananas. A single banana is loaded with potassium, which helps to maintain steady energy levels and normal heart function. Potassium regulates sodium in the body and reduces high blood pressure. It also prevents clogged arteries, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.
Additionally, bananas contain a high amount of the vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). This one vitamin supports the body in numerous ways. It protects against anemia by increasing the production of red blood cells, which move oxygen throughout the body. Vitamin B6 helps to lower the risk of type II diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels.
Furthermore, the vitamin aids in proper nerve function by producing serotonin and dopamine.
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