Bananas make a great healthy addition to any smoothie recipe. They make a useful replacement for ice cream when frozen. Add some blueberries, and you have a powerful and healthy blueberry banana smoothie. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants.
The Health Benefits Of Bananas
Bananas are a popular food, among adults and children. They are a healthy option when it comes to snacking.
Why are bananas so healthy? Not only are they a substantial source of fiber, but they are also a rich source of potassium, an electrolyte. Potassium is a nutrient in some fruit that helps keep your body balanced when it comes to water (which is what your body is mostly made up of).
The health benefits of bananas include helping to lower blood pressure, helping to reduce the chances of developing asthma, reducing cancer risk (because of vitamin C), protecting heart health, lowering blood glucose levels in those with type 2 diabetes, and it's a natural anti-diarrheal.
The Health Benefits Of Blueberries
Blueberries are full of vitamin C, which is why they are considered an antioxidant. Just one cup of these little purplish-blue berries gives you 24-percent of your daily vitamin C. They also contain anthocyanin, which gives them their color.
Blueberries are heart-healthy, among other things. They help with skin health, lower blood pressure, help manage diabetes, fight cancer, and they're good for you brain health too.
Blueberry Banana Smoothie Recipe Ideas
Combining these two delicious and heart-healthy fruits together can give you a powerful boost of vitamins. Why not have a smoothie in place of your normal breakfast or as a healthy snack. Here are a few recipes with bananas and blueberries to try out.
Blueberry Banana Smoothie
You don't need to do anything fancy to make a great smoothie using bananas and blueberries. You just need a blender and the right ingredients and you'll have a delicious smoothie.
Three simple ingredients – all you need are a cup of blueberries, a banana, and a cup of yogurt. You can choose fresh or frozen blueberries and bananas. Pick a yogurt that you prefer – Greek for a richer flavor, plain, or an alternative (coconut, soy, or almond) if you are dairy-free). You can also opt for plain or vanilla flavored yogurt.
Blend the ingredients together and enjoy.
Peanut Butter Banana And Blueberry Smoothie
Before you question the combination of peanut butter and blueberries, think peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. This combination is a superfood smoothie that will quickly become one of your favorites.
This one needs a few more ingredients than the first one. You're going to need one banana (frozen or fresh), a half cup of blueberries (frozen or fresh), one tablespoon of peanut butter, a half cup of plain yogurt (again, your choice of types), one teaspoon of honey for sweetening, and a cup of milk (dairy or your preferred type). Blend them together.
Bananas And Berries Smoothie
Want more than just bananas and blueberries? This fruit smoothie is the best option for you. You can toss in any berries you want to. Pick from any combination of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. If you have a place to buy other berries, like acai, feel free to add them in too.
In addition to two cups of berries, you'll need one banana (fresh or frozen), two cups of yogurt, and a quarter cup of honey. The honey helps cut any bitterness in the berries. It's basically a healthy sugar substitute.
Blend the ingredients and enjoy a power boost.
Banana-Blueberry Protein Smoothie
If you need a protein boost, this is the right smoothie for you. It's great for post workout and will give you the vitamins and antioxidants you need to recover quickly from exercise.
Blend together a half a cup of blueberries (frozen or fresh), one banana (frozen or fresh), your choice of protein powder (vanilla would be the best flavor option), some Greek yogurt (an extra boost of protein), and some milk (whatever your preferred type is). If you use a Ninja or Bullet, fill the liquid to the fill line.
Enjoy Your Blueberry Banana Smoothie
Whichever smoothie option you choose, you can be assured that it is going to give you a boost in health benefits. These tasty smoothies can be enjoyed any time of the day, alone or with a healthy meal.