Not only do bananas taste great and help make tasty smoothies, just wait until I tell you all about the good “stuff,” that is found in this yellow fruit.
Brain power: Bananas are full of potassium which helps with memory and learning.
Healthy Bones: Potassium plays a big part in keeping bones strong.
Full of Fiber: The fiber helps to keep constipation at bay and is known to assist with weight loss.
Regulate Sugar Levels: Ta da! This helps to keep cravings and the sweet tooth away.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is good for promoting a strong immune system and has antioxidant properties.
Vitamin B6: Helps to metabolize protein and stabilizes blood sugar levels.
Provides Energy: Bananas contain all three sugars, sucrose, fructose and glucose-with fiber. The perfect combination for an instant energy boost.
Now you can have a good grin and a feeling of satisfaction knowing that your kids are drinking up a smoothie jam packed with nutrients and they will be loving the taste. This certainly sounds like the best win-win opportunity out there.
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Banana Smoothie Recipes Kids Will Love #1
This smoothie is beyond delicious, and as you will see, it has a little bit of chocolate in it. It seriously tastes like a peanut butter cup. I use this smoothie in place of a dessert or a sweet snack. We all need a treat every once in a while. But, if you want to eliminate the chocolate, this smoothie is still a favorite.
- 8-10 oz of liquid: choose almond, soy or low fat milk
- 1 peeled banana, either frozen or fresh
- 1 tablespoon of Hershey’s chocolate syrup
- Scoop of almond or peanut butter (optional)
- 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/4 cup of crushed nuts (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of local honey
- Handful of ice
Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Banana Smoothie Recipes Kids Will Love #2
- 8-10 oz of almond, soy or low fat milk
- 1 peeled frozen or fresh banana
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Handful of ice cubes
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of local honey
- Scoop of greek vanilla yogurt (optional)
Add all ingredients in your blender jar and blend until you have a smooth consistency.
Fresh vs Frozen Bananas
Making smoothies with fresh or frozen bananas are both great options. I can’t say that I favor one over the other. Freezing bananas is super easy and really convenient. And allows for no worries about having fresh bananas in the house at all times.
If you’d like to freeze your bananas, peel them, place them individually in saran wrap and put them in the freezer. That was easy, right!? Frozen bananas make for a frothy smoothie and allow you to use less ice when blending. For more banana recipes and tips on selecting smoothie perfect bananas, click here.
For more kids smoothie recipes, ideas and tips, visit our Smoothie Recipes Kids Will Love series.
Well, Are You Bananas About Bananas?
Did you give these banana recipes a try? Did you try recipe #1? If so, did you add the chocolate or make it without? Were you surprised about all the goodies that are inside that yellow peel? Do you use frozen or fresh bananas? Please comment, we really want to hear from you.