Smooth and creamy Banana Almond Smoothie. Packed with vitamin B from the mighty banana, a spoonful on yogurt for protein and a little bit of Almonds.
Anything with Banana smoothie is my favorite. I know favorite should be just 1, but how do you choose between Strawberry Banana Smoothie and Blueberry Banana Smoothie? How about the Overnight Banana Oatmeal smoothie? Banana is an all around fruit which makes it a great option for use in smoothie all year round. I don’t have to wait for Summer to enjoy it, I can buy it anytime of the year. This is why although Strawberry, Blueberry and Peach are close to my heart, they cannot beat the banana in terms of availability and price.
This Almond Banana Smoothie is what I often drink before or after work out, it’s my recovery smoothie. It’s filling and satisfying, and it taste absolutely delicious. It’s so creamy in every way possible, and the Almond flavor is such an additional treat. You can also use regular milk or even coconut milk, any of these will work just fine.
How to Make Almond Banana Yogurt Smoothie
This is no different from other smoothie. Simply add all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. You can add the milk gradually so that you can adjust it to your preference. You can have it thick or thinner but just simply controlling the amount of liquid. You can also use other sweeter like honey or any plant based sweetener. Add gradually and adjusts as each type of sweetener requires different measurement.
Do’s and Don’t of Making Breakfast Smoothie
Breakfast smoothie are great grab and go quick breakfast option, until you get the chance to sit down and eat proper breakfast. It can be as delicious and nutritious as any solid breakfast food, but it is also easy to sabotage it and turn it into a high calorie sugar loaded breakfast drink. To avoid getting to that route, here are some tips to get a delicious and nutritious breakfast smoothie. After all, what is the point of having a breakfast smoothie when what you are getting is a high sugar loaded breakfast drink?
Measure it out
It is so easy to get carried away and just throw everything in the blender, right? I’m guilty of that too. But although that is probably the fastest and easiest way to make smoothie, that could also be dangerous as you might end up with a breakfast drink that has more calories and even less healthy than a normal solid breakfast. Measuring the ingredients also give you a consistent and delicious and most of all nutritious smoothie.
DON’T: Throw everything into the blender.
DO: Measure your ingredients. Best way and efficient way to do this to have them in packs and keep it in the freezer or refrigerator until ready to use. This way, you only must measure the liquid and sweetener when you out it in the blender.
Think about liquid
There are variety of choices when it comes to the kind of liquid that you can use for smoothie. The addition of liquid is very important in making smoothie as it helps blend the ingredients easily. If you care about drinking a healthier smoothie that is not loaded with sugar, then use low calorie, reduced sugar or sugar free liquid. Fruit juices are usually high in sugar, unless you can find sugar free one.
DON’T: Add fruit juice.
DO: Use Greek yogurt or coconut milk or almond milk or even coconut water
Play with protein
Looking for ways to get more protein in your smoothie? Although there are tons of protein powder available for smoothie, using an ingredient with natural protein is still the best way to go. I do not have anything against protein powder, but for me natural is always the best way if you can go that way. Aim for a protein intake in your breakfast smoothie of about 15 to 30 grams, depending on your size and activity level.
DON’T: Pour in protein powder.
DO: Try nut butters, flax seeds, or tofu.
Too much fruit
If you are drinking smoothie for a healthy option snack or meal, do not go overboard with using too much fruit. Use a balance choice of fruits, about 1.5 cups of fruit per smoothie. And go for options that are high in fiber and antioxidants, such as berries rather than fruits that are high in sugar.
DON’T: Use less high sugar fruits
DO: Use high fiber and antioxidants fruits
Feeling like going green? If you are one of those people who like green smoothie, then go for it. But since green leafy vegetables tend to be bitter, try to use a milder green leafy vegetable and a mix of different others. Kale is not the only one that you can use, using a stronger green vegetable will most likely drive you to add more sweetener to remove the bitter taste. mix and match, and do not be restricted to one type of vegetable.
DON’T: Reach straight for kale.
DO: Start with spinach.
This post is NOT to encourage anyone to make smoothie as meal replacement. Make and drink your smoothie according to your preference and health condition.
- 1 cup Almond Milk
- 1 Large Frozen Banana
- 3 tablespoon Frozen Greek Yogurt (If you do not have frozen yogurt, use the yogurt as is in liquid form)
- 1 tablespoon Honey (or any sweetener of your choice)
- 1 teaspoon Sliced Almonds – optional for toppings
Pour the milk in the blender, then add sugar, yogurt and banana. Blend until smooth and creamy. Transfer in a glass an sprinkle top with sliced almonds and sliced banana or any toppings of your choice.
Makes 2 cups
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