Who doesn’t enjoy a smoothie on a hot day, whether you’re relaxing on the deck or hurrying to school or work? Versatile, delicious, made in a flash – and full of nutrients; recipes for banana smoothies. Children love them and whipping a couple of them up before school will make sure they have a nutritious breakfast to get them through the day.
Banana smoothies recipe? For breakfast? Why not? Bananas contain tryptophan – a protein which the body converts into serotonin. And serotonin is a natural hormone which helps to regulate mood; that’s the ingredient in most anti-depression medications. And if you’re taking diuretics, certain ones can deplete the body’s reserves of potassium – two bananas a day will correct that. Bananas also contain iron as well as those essential trace elements and most vitamins too. They possess a natural antacid which helps digestion, colitis, diarrhea and constipation and, as the commercial says – it’s the “foodiest” fruit of all.
The healthiest way to eat bananas is when the skin has turned almost black. Agreed, they don’t look so appetizing, but all their properties are at their maximum at that point – just peel them and toss them in the blender. And did you know that you can freeze bananas – peel them, cut them in half, package and freeze. They replace the ice in your banana smoothies recipe, keeping it cold and putting less of a load on your blender. Most people use milk to make smoothies, but you can use soy milk, ice-cream, rice milk, chocolate milk and perhaps a drizzle of honey or maple syrup for sweetness. You can buy frozen berries out of season and add a handful to your own recipes for banana smoothies.
Here’s one your children will love – peanut butter with your own banana smoothies recipe and this is enough for two. Two frozen bananas, ten ounces of milk (try almond milk) and two tablespoons of peanut butter. Whirl them all together in the blender and hey presto.
Fresh strawberries added to your own recipes for banana smoothies are delectable in fresh berry season. This amount is for one adult – one whole banana, a cup of sliced fresh strawberries and eight ounces of cold milk (try soy milk here). Blend on medium speed, taste and add more milk if it’s too thick. Try blueberries or raspberries in your recipes for banana smoothies – delicious. Take your frothy creation out on the deck and enjoy watching the birds feed their chicks.
So, your basic ingredients for your banana smoothies recipe are bananas and milk or a substitute for milk. Add whatever fruit or juices you like, merrily blend it all together and know that although it seems sinful, it’s not a “guilt food;” you’re enjoying something which is crammed with nutrients, tastes wonderful, elevates your mood – and it’s breakfast on the run because you can take it to work in your covered cup.
Okay. One more. This is one of those special recipes for banana smoothies for two people. Two ripe bananas, two scoops of vanilla ice-cream (the good stuff), quarter teaspoon vanilla, eight ounces of whole milk, three teaspoons of sugar, whipped cream and a just a sprink of cinnamon – or better – a couple of blurps of Bailey’s. Blend till smooth, share and enjoy. Don’t waste this on kids, this is for adults!