Healthy Banana Smoothie
Recipe Guide

Nutritional Benefits of a
Healthy Fruit Smoothie

A healthy banana smoothie recipe will make you one of the most nutritious — and delicious — meals on earth. Healthy fruit smoothies are loaded with phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that come in a whole-food form.

Healthy fruit smoothies retain the fiber from the fruits and vegetables you use. The fiber works to improve digestion and helps your body naturally rid itself of toxins. Fiber also helps you feel more satisfied, and maintains that feeling longer.

In addition, when fruits and vegetables are blended, the plant fibers are broken down just like when you chew them; the blender literally does most of the “chewing” for you. Breaking down food more thoroughly means that you'll absorb more of the nutrients.

Bananas Make Great Healthy
Smoothie Ingredients

Bananas are America's favorite tropical fruit. Finding a good banana smoothie recipe is easy — there's no other fruit so well suited for smoothie-making. A banana's soft texture is easy to blend into a rich, creamy consistency. A fully ripe banana also adds just the right amount of sweetness to any smoothie recipe.

It's also very easy to keep a supply of bananas handy in your freezer, ready anytime you feel like a smoothie. Just peel them and store in a ziplock freezer bag. Using frozen bananas will chill your smoothie and make it even more refreshing.

Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and C, potassium and fiber. Even though they're relatively sweet, bananas are not excessively high on the glycemic index, even when fully ripe.

Learn more about bananas at The World's Healthiest Foods

Recommended Starters
for Your Banana Smoothie Recipe

Most smoothie recipes call for a liquid ingredient to allow the solid components to move around inside the blender and give your smoothie the right thickness. The beverage you choose will largely determine how healthy your smoothie turns out.

What are the best beverages to use to make your smoothie as healthy as possible? The most common choices are  water, cow's milk, yogurt, soy milk, nut milks, or fruit juice. To discover the pros and cons of each one, click on the link below to see my page on how to make a smoothie the healthy way.

Complete Guide to Making a Healthy Smoothie
Everything you need to know!

Making Your Smoothie Recipes
into Complete Meals

Many smoothie recipes are relatively low in protein, so they're not complete meals by themselves. The easy solution is to add a protein source to any healthy smoothie recipe.

The simplest way to do this is by adding a couple of raw organic eggs to your basic recipe. Raw eggs won't change the taste of your smoothie at all, and the argument that they're bad for you because of the cholesterol content is just not true. Eggs are one of the most beneficial foods you can eat, especially when consumed raw.

You can also increase the protein content of your healthy smoothie recipes by adding a protein powder.  Be sure to use a high quality product; most cheap protein powders are excessively heat-processed and aren't really good for you.

There are many other ways to transform your ordinary smoothie recipe into one with enhanced nutritional value. You can add superfood powders, healthy fats, herbs, spices and extra fiber. My complete guide to making healthy smoothies has lots of tips and tricks to make your smoothie better.

Complete Guide to Making a Healthy Smoothie
Everything you need to know!

Healthy Banana Smoothie Recipes

Whenever a smoothie recipe calls for milk, I recommend you use any type of non-dairy milk product instead — there are many different ones to choose from: hemp, almond, soy, rice, etc. These are healthier alternatives to dairy foods, and are extremely easy to keep on hand, since they have a rather long shelf life.

  1. Start by pouring the liquid ingredients for each smoothie recipe into your blender.
  2. Toss in your solid ingredients: fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.
  3. Add any optional ingredients, if you like — blending as you go.
  4. Add more liquid to reduce the thickness of your smoothie, ice to chill it, or more fruit to thicken your smoothie.
  5. You can substitute ingredients at your whim — it's fun to experiment!

Blueberry Banana Smoothie
1 cup of strawberries
1 cup of raspberries
1/2 cup of pineapple juice
1 cup of yogurt

Banana Cantaloupe

1/2 sliced cantaloupe
1 frozen banana
1 cup nut milk

Banana Cashew
Date Smoothie

cup cashews

1/2 frozen banana
4 dates, pitted
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup ice cubes

Orange Apple Banana
1/2 orange, peeled
2 green apples, seeded
1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon brewers yeast

Banana Kiwi Cantaloupe
1 firm kiwi fruit, peeled
1/4 cantaloupe
1 frozen banana

Orange Papaya Banana
1/2 orange, peeled
1/2 papaya, peeled
1 frozen banana

Kiwi Banana Smoothie
1 cup nut milk
1 frozen banana
2 Kiwi fruit, peeled

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Healthy Peach Smoothie Recipes
Healthy Pina Colada Smoothie Recipes
Healthy Kiwi Smoothie Recipes

More Information on Healthy Smoothies

Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Basic steps to make a healthy smoothie

Complete Guide to Making a Healthy Smoothie
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The Best Blenders for Smoothies
For great smoothies, make sure you have a quality blender.

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