Bananas are one of my all time favorite smoothie ingredients. Aside from nutrition, which I’ll get to in a minute, bananas make a smoothie sweeter and smoother. If you want to smooth out any smoothie, but especially a vegetable or frozen fruit one, add a banana or avocado. Both do that nicely.
As for nutrition, one medium banana has 105 calories, and the following nutitional profile: Total Fat 0.4g, Sodium 1 mg, Potassium 422 mg, Carbohydrate 27 g, Dietary fiber 3.1 g, Sugar 14 g, Protein 1.3 g. Banana also provide a good amount of Vitamin B6 (20% DV), Vitamin C (17% DV) and Magniesium (8% DV).
The potassium, magnisium amounts, coupled with the higher carb amounts, make banana smoothies great for exercise smoothies. I like to use them to prefuel for running and, if a protein source is added, they are great for post exercise or weight lifting to refuel the muscles and assist in recovery.
Honestly, almost every smoothie I make these days has a banana tossed into it!
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