I came up with this healthy banana smoothie recipe as the perfect fuel that’s also part of my weight management. Through lots of trial and error, I’ve learned that I have to wait at least an hour after eating breakfast in the morning before I can work out. It minimizes the burping I experience, and my tummy is more settled. But to keep up my energy until the end of my cool down, I need around 400 calories.
I look forward to it every morning, despite the calorie and nutrition boost from the almond butter, chia seeds, and ground flax seeds. It tastes delicious with the banana base and is easily digestible.
Why You’ll Love This Healthy Banana Smoothie Recipe:
- It’s sweet and creamy but without any processed sugar or dairy.
- All the ingredients are easily digestible to prepare you for your workout or a busy day.
- It only takes a few minutes to prepare and you can drink it on the go.
- All the ingredients can easily be stored in your fridge and pantry.
- You can easily add any other fruits to change up the flavor.
How Do You Make My Healthy Banana Smoothie?
Step 1. Milk Base
Pour 1/2 cup of your favorite milk into your blender cup. I like to use Almond Milk. I buy the unsweetened vanilla flavor.
Step 2. Ice Cubes
I add about five ice cubes to give my banana smoothie its chilled smoothie texture.
Optional: Frozen Orange Juice
Since giving birth to my six children, I’ve struggled with keeping my iron levels healthy. As a convenient and tasty solution, I make ice cubes out of freshly squeezed orange juice and add one frozen cube to my smoothie. Not only does it add delicious citrus flavor, but it also helps me absorb my iron pill. It’s recommended to consume a dose of vitamin C shortly after taking an iron pill to aid in its absorption.
Step 3: Chia Seeds
Add one tablespoon of chia seeds to your cup. You can purchase black or white chia seeds, depending on your preference.
Step 4: Flax Seeds
Add one tablespoon of ground flaxseed to your cup. It’s essential that you use ground flaxseed powder because the flax seeds have to be ground to be consumed. They will act as a thickener to your smoothie in add super nutrition!
Step 5: Protein Powder
The amount of protein powder to add depends on how many calories you’d like your smoothie to have. I only add one tablespoon of protein powder to keep the overall calorie count under 400.
Naturally-sweetened protein powders are my go-to because I don’t care for artificial sweeteners such as sucralose, aspartame, and other sugar alcohols. These artificial sweeteners give me uncomfortable gas pain. Protein powders sweetened with stevia are my favorite. I only add one tablespoon to this smoothie for flavor, sweetness, and nutrition.
Step 6: almond butter
You can use nut butter to add flavor, protein, healthy fats, and calories to your banana smoothie. I use a large dinner spoon to get a heaping scoop of almond butter. I use half the banana to scrape the almond butter off the spoon and into the blender cup.
Step 7: Bananas
Bananas are hands down my favorite natural sweetener. We buy so many bananas to feed our small army we’re often asked if we’re feeding monkeys when we check out at the grocery store. Bananas have been a lifesaver when I’ve gone through my worst digestive discomfort. They’re delicious, easily digestible, can be eaten in various ways, and give smoothies their ice cream-like texture. Bananas are ripe when the skin is completely yellow and starting to brown.
Step 8: Blend
Turn your blender to its appropriate setting for smoothies and blend until you no longer hear chunks of ice spinning around.
Healthy Banana Smoothie for Weight Loss
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice
- 4 cubes ice
- 1 cube orange juice fresh squeezed and frozen or 1/4 cup of juice
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons almond butter or peanut butter
- Add the 1/2 cup of almond milk to the blender cup.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the blender cup and blend until smooth or until you no longer hear any ice chunks swirling around in the blender.