Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Healthy Snack: Banana Smoothie Recipe

I don't know where I got this recipe, but I use it in a workshop I teach about children's nutrition. It's really yummy and nutritious, and it's a fun thing to make as a snack with kids. I was just sharing the recipe with Kathy, because she said her son is fascinated with the blender these days (and teaching him to make margaritas just doesn't seem okay).

Banana Smoothie

1 small frozen banana, cut into chunks
1/2 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
1/4 cup orange juice

Put all ingredients into the blender and whirl until smooth. These are fairly thick. Add more liquid if you want them thinner. Make up your own variations using other fruits and juices. Makes 2 servings, each having 125 calories, 213 mg calcium, 10 mg vitamin C, 7 grams protein, and 160 mg sodium.

The original recipe called for plain yogurt, so using vanilla may make a few more calories, but not many, and the taste improvement is well worth it. Using the frozen banana makes it frosty and creamy just like ice cream.

For more great recipes, check out Tuesdays at the Table on Cole's blog!

Oh, and if you're anxiously awaiting the results of my weigh-in, I did in fact gain a bit, but not the full two pounds Saturday showed. When I weighed Sunday it was down about .6 from that. Still not good. Anyway, I'm back home and back in the routine, so hopefully I'll be moving that ticker in the proper direction soon! And I did actually do yoga Saturday as promised, plus I walked one day on my trip.


Anonymous said...

Mmm, I love banana smoothies. If I want more protein, I'll add some peanut butter. But my favorite is to make an Indian style lassi by adding some cardamom--so delicous!

heartnsoulcooking said...

YUMMY!!! I love banana smoothies.

Karen said...

That sounds delicious! I'm gonna have to bust out the blender! I haven't used it in ages.

singedwingangel said...

oooh that sounds great.. here is ya another recipe..
2 whole bananas
1 c. skim milk
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 cups of ice
blend until well mixed..
My hubby LOVES these drinks and they are great for potassium and protein since he sweats a lot at work loading trucks full of cabinets

Cole said...

I know exactly what I'm having for breakfast tomorrow!!

Thanks for sharing with TATT. :-)