You’re average banana smoothie might involve tossing the frozen pale yellow fruit into your blender along with some Greek or low fat yoghurt and milk. You might even add a scoop of your favourite protein. If that sounds like your routine, it may be time to boost the health benefits of your normal blender breakfast or snack. It’s time to spice up your banana shake.
Banana Cinnabon Smoothie
Add cinnamon to your banana smoothie. It can help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and lower blood sugar levels.
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup Greek yoghurt
- ¼ cup oats
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon of sweetener such as stevia or honey (optional)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ or ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
[tab] Whizz all the ingredients in a blender. You could also use a fresh banana and add a few ice blocks. Omit the oats for a pure vanilla cinnamon smoothie.
Turmeric Banana Smoothie
Add turmeric to your smoothie, as this golden anti-inflammatory spice can improve liver function; relieve menstrual pain and lower cholesterol.
By adding ginger, your shake becomes a blood-sugar-regulating drink that also fights against heart disease. Ginger has also been said to reduce muscle pain brought on by exercise. Hello, new post-workout shake!
- 1 cup sugar-free plant based milk
- 1 banana
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
[tab]Place ingredients into a blender in the order that it’s listed. Whizz until smooth.[/tab]
Chai Tea Delight Smoothie
Now that you know the benefits of spice, why not try using Chai Tea? The ingredients such as black tea, cardamom, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, liquorice root, all spice and star anise make it a powerful anti-inflammatory drink that supports digestion and can even help prevent cancer.
- 1 or 2 chai tea bag/s
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup plain yoghurt
- 3 ice cubes (optional)
[tab]Prepare a cup of black chai tea and let it cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Blend with the rest of the ingredients. Enjoy as is, or use as a base for your smoothies, by adding a banana.[/tab]
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.