As bananas turn the corner from ripe to too-ripe, peel them and pop them in the freezer so you can make this anytime (you won’t need as much ice if using frozen bananas).
- 1 banana, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut water
Blend orange, dates, almonds, and 3 Tbsp. water in a blender on low speed until almonds are finely ground. Increase speed to high and blend until mixture is no longer grainy, about 1 minute. Add banana, kale, almond milk, and ½ cup ice; blend until drink is smooth and thick.
Nutritional ContentCalories (kcal) 240 Fat (g) 8 Saturated Fat (g) .5 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 39 Dietary Fiber (g) 7 Total Sugars (g) 27 Protein (g) 6 Sodium (mg) 30Reviews Section
Kale is a superfood packed with antioxidants like beta carotene and vitamin C. Making a smoothie with this ingredient is an easy way to add nutritious health benefits into your day. No matter if you’re on the go and need a quick drinkable breakfast or at your leisure, this kale smoothie is quick and refreshing.
The key to an enjoyable flavor is all about masking the bitter qualities naturally present in kale with other wholesome ingredients that better balances the taste.
I use tender baby kale and pair it with diced apples, frozen mangoes, and bananas. Unsweetened almond milk creates a nice creamy texture, and a splash of pineapple juice adds a hint of tropical flavor.
How to make a banana smoothie recipe
When making a green smoothie I recommend blending the leafy greens + liquid first. Yet with this green-free smoothie, feel free to blend all your ingredients at once!
If this smoothie is too thick for your blender blades to handle, try adding a bit more liquid, stirring up the ingredients, then blending again. This should help.
If cashew milk isn’t your thing, then use the plant based milk of your choice! Oat milk will produce an equally creamy smoothie, while almond milk will make this smoothie a bit thinner.
Low sugar options
While the sugar in this smoothie comes from whole foods, it might be a little high for some. If you need a lower sugar option, then here are some great swaps:
- Replace the vanilla cashew yogurt for 1/2 cup cauliflower
- Add in 1/2 cup cashews (if you have a high powered blender) to replace the yogurt
- Replace 1 banana with 1/2 cup cauliflower
Make sure the collagen or protein powder you use doesn’t have any added sugar. Read the label on the yogurt you use as well! There are many great plant based yogurt brands on the market now, yet many are loaded with added sugar.
Yes, just make sure that smoothie is full of only whole food ingredients. No fillers, chemicals, added sugar, or fake ingredients!
I recommend changing up your daily shake or smoothie, so you can benefit from a variety of fruits and veggies. Bananas are a great regular addition though!
Bananas are a great source of fiber, and often help settle stomach issues naturally.
No! Well… it depends what you put in them. Strawberry banana is a popular smoothie flavor at restaurants, yet those smoothies are usually pre-made mixes full of processed sugar and chemicals. Stick to strawberry banana smoothies with real, whole food ingredients and soak in all the benefits.
Add the almond milk, Greek yogurt and almond butter into a blender.
Remove the pits and cut dates into small pieces.
Add the dates, avocado and the banana slices.
Rip the kale into shreds, removing the stems, and add to the blender.
Note: This smoothie is a little on the chunky side, so feel free to drink it with a spoon!
If this recipe doesn’t convert you into a kale lover, then I don’t know what will.
On the run or in need of a quick breakfast? Try the sweet green smoothie from Red Mango. The Simple Green is a wonderful mixture of spinach, yogurt, green apple, avocado and kale.
Banana Almond Smoothie
Considering that today is officially the first day of summer (though we’ve been suffering through 100 degree summer temps for weeks), it seems fitting to share my new favorite frozen drink recipe. I tried this banana almond smoothie recipe for the first time yesterday and awoke this morning with a vicious craving for another.
Packed with vitamins, minerals and omega-3’s, this is a breakfast smoothie that sticks with you until lunch. It’s made with frozen banana, almond butter and milk, and made all the more substantial with the addition of flax seeds. The almond extract lightens up the flavor and makes it taste like a treat. Try it!
Overall this smoothie is suitable for people with diabetes, or anyone that needs to keep an eye on blood sugar levels. But it&aposs worth mentioning a few things about the ingredients used:
Kale has a very low Glycemic Load, so no risks there.
Bananas have a medium GI, so they should be consumed in moderation. If you have diabetesਊnd feel like you already had enough carbs today, then make this smoothie without bananas.
Although beetroots have a medium-high Glycemic Index, their Glycemic Load is very low. What this means is that it&aposs perfectly safe to eat an average-sized portion of beetroots if you have diabetes. Because we don&apost use too much of this ingredient in our smoothie, you are good to go.
Kale, Almond, Banana Smoothie with Chia Seeds
How to combine Chia, Almond, Kale and Banana to make a highly impressive and delicious smoothie? You can make it in easy manner if you follow this Kale, Almond, Banana, smoothie with Chia seeds recipe. This is an ideal on-the –go breakfast and it can always be described a combination of four super foods. This smoothie is also a healthy drink that you can consume for strengthening bones, losing weight and building muscles. There are so many recipes that focus on teaching you to make different types of delicious foods, beverages, snack and smoothies. However, when it comes to choosing a smoothie you need to be really careful and vigilant to select a really good one. This smoothie recipe does not make you feel tired or disappointed because it offers the perfect taste and quality. You cannot find a simple and delicious smoothie than this one and it puts forward an uncomplicated method of approach. It does not matter whether you are a beginner or an expert cook you can make it with great comfort and ease.
How to combine Chia, Almond, Kale and Banana to make a highly impressive and delicious smoothie? You can make it in easy manner if you follow this Kale, Almond, Banana, smoothie with Chia seeds recipe.
What Are FODMAPs?
FODMAP is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. All of these are carbohydrates that your body has a hard time digesting, which is why you may experience problems like bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas and more. FODMAPs are sometimes used as additives, but they can also occur naturally in certain foods.
The average person probably won’t develop any health problems from eating high-FODMAP foods. You may only start to experience symptoms after consuming a huge amount of them. However, there are people who are sensitive to these carbohydrates. In case you’re experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, you should consider going on a low-FODMAP diet for at least four weeks. If you start feeling better, you’ll know that FODMAPs were causing your health problems.
In just one cup of kale, there is 134% RDV vitamin C and A, 684% RDV of vitamin K, plus vitamin B6, manganese, calcium, copper, potassium, and magnesium. The vitamin C in kale helps the body absorb the iron. It’s also high in fiber and water which help keep your digestive tract humming along and prevent constipation.
I love this banana kale smoothie because you get all of these health benefits AND it actually tastes great. So keep on scrolling down to the recipe so you can make it too and experience all this plant-based goodness!
Dark, leafy green veggies, especially kale, are the most nutrient-dense foods on Earth. Low in fat and calories, and high in vitamins, kale is something to have on a regular basis. Dark greens help protect against osteoporosis and inflammatory diseases, as well as being high in cancer-fighting antioxidants.
Chocolate and Coffee Breakfast Smoothie Recipe
I’m not usually a coffee gal, so I love the perfect hint of coffee flavor that just enhances the chocolaty goodness and bit of nutty flavor. This isn’t slam you over the head coffee flavor, but you can always adjust it to the way you like it.
Using instant coffee in mocha smoothies allows you to adjust the intensity of the flavor. But you also have the option to replace some of the coffee with cold brew, though that will make it slightly less creamy. Or plan ahead and use coffee ice cubes instead of regular ones and it won’t be diluted at all.
Is it OK to have a smoothie for breakfast?
While some smoothies can be as sugar-laden as those Starbucks drinks, as long as you are choosing the right ingredients, it is healthy to have smoothies for breakfast.
It’s easy to add ingredients that provide protein and fiber to keep you satisfied while keeping the calorie count reasonable for your morning meal. You can also add all kinds of vitamins and minerals and omega 3s and other good stuff.
But if you prefer, focus on the chocolate. Chocolate that you can totally have for breakfast. Or lunch. Or snack. Or dessert.
Strawberry, Banana & Kale Smoothie
I like to start my day by eating clean. I feel better and have more energy, and it fits well into my day as a busy mom, as I can take a moment to make a smoothie and take a moment to sip it while I prepare for my day. Every morning I make a fresh smoothie with fruits and kale, and it is a great way to start off my day on the right foot.
1.5 cups milk (regular or non-dairy)
handful of kale (or other greens)
1 cup frozen strawberries
optional: superfoods (chia seeds, flax, matcha, spirulina, etc)
Start by putting the milk in the blender.
Then, add in your ingredients. I always keep a supply of frozen bananas in the freezer, but you can use fresh or frozen.
This goes for strawberries as well. We keep a bag of frozen strawberries in the freezer, but you can use fresh instead.
I usually strip the kale off the stem and soak or wash carefully, so that I don’t end up with sand in my food.
I use about one leaf of kale, or handful. For this smoothie, I used a little extra since our garden is bursting with kale!
You can add in sweeteners or any extras, like superfoods. I find that the bananas add some decent sweetness, so I start with less sweetener and add more to taste at the end. As far as superfoods, there are so many out there, like chia, spirulina, pitaya powder, beet powder, turmeric, etc.
Blend until smooth. You may want to add in more liquid (milk or water) to adjust the consistency. It be different depending on if you use frozen versus fresh berries, and your own personal preference.