Do You Have Any Bananas Today?

Go Bananas!

peanut butter jelly timeIt’s safe to say that bananas are well known for being a wonderful source of potassium. This can help reduce high blood pressure, and reduce the risk of stroke.

Did you know that they’re also a great source of vitamin C? It’s true, along with B6. And we can’t forget fiber, magnesium, and manganese.

I love fruit. Bananas are pretty much a staple though. There’s just something about a ripe banana that hit’s the spot.

There is one caveat when it comes to bananas–well really two. First, don’t eat green bananas. Aside from not tasting all that great, it’s also not all that good for you. It has something to do with proteins that inhibit digestion.

The other thing that you have to be aware of is that bananas are very calorie dense, approximately 100 calories for a medium banana. While they don’t score well on the Glycemic Index, they shouldn’t be avoided either.

Recipe

Your Basic Banana Smoothie
While I’m not a huge fan of drinking your calories (minus a good post-workout protein shake), sometimes you just need to treat yourself. What we have here is your basic smoothie. If you’ve never made one, this is a great starting point.

It’s only made from a few ingredients, is super easy to make, and should defeat even the most difficult sweet tooth.

Ingredients

½ cup low or non-fat plain yogurt
1 medium banana
1 tbsp honey
1 cup crushed ice.

Directions
Add ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Serve in a glass–maybe garnish it with a nice umbrella and bendy straw. Enjoy!

Nutritional Info

Number of servings: 1
Calories 178
Total Fat .6 g
Saturated Fat .3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat .2 g
Monounsaturated Fat .2 g
Sodium 9.7 mg
Potassium 478.3 mg
Carbohydrate 46.0 g
Protein 1.8  g

Recipe calculated at Sparkrecipe.com

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11 Responses to “Do You Have Any Bananas Today?”

  1. Anne says:

    That’s almost exactly how I make my smoothie. Instead of honey though, I use a couple of packets of stevia. Not the biggest fan of honey.

  2. Tim says:

    Ya that’s about as basic as it gets for a smoothie. I like simple though. not sure how the honey will work either, but I’ll give it a go.

  3. Greg says:

    Looks a lot like my favorite smoothie as well. I’ll usually toss in some protein powder to help stave off hunger, etc.

  4. Todd says:

    @Greg, I’m not usually a smoothie guy, but when I have one, I add the protein powder also. I’m hooked on the Optimum Whey Protein, and put it in everything. haha

  5. It’s all in the pictures. After I giggled I read the recipe. Sounds good :)

  6. Todd says:

    Pictures sell, you know. :)

  7. Todd says:

    @Julie, @Greg, and @Anne are all members of TeamPhitZone. You guys are always coming by, and I really appreciate that.

  8. Bananas are a must have when it comes to smoothies. BTW, bananas don’t look good on the GI but when you look at glycemic load, they aren’t all that bad. :-)

  9. Todd says:

    @Susan, that’s an excellent point about the glycemic load.

  10. Personally I add some strawberry yogurt and rice krispies to that mix for texture but a banana a day is definitely on the menu :)

  11. Todd says:

    Those are great additions. It was meant to be jumping off point, and super easy to make.

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