If we asked you to list some banana smoothie benefits, what would you say? They’re full of energy? Good before a workout? Look at us in horror for suggesting that carbs might be healthy?!
In this article – we’ve collated all of the key health benefits of a banana smoothie into a quirky infographic.
The banana smoothie is an absolute classic. It’s arguably the quintessential smoothie flavour and form the basis for a huge number of other blended beverages. But with all the hype around leafy green smoothies and carbs being the enemy, it’s easy to forget just how healthy and versatile they are.
So, our in-house nutritionist wrote a little article about banana smoothie nutrition and it was very informative. A bit *too* informative you might say. Because honestly, even we couldn’t absorb all those facts and figures.
As a result, we decided to cut the waffle and summarise all the good stuff into an infographic… Hooray! But don’t worry, if you really want to geek out on all of the nutritional info, you can read all about them below. Here’s our rundown of key banana smoothie benefits…
Banana Smoothie Calories & Nutrition
According to USDA nutritional data, a medium banana provides the following…
- Calories – 105 kcal (25% from carbs), providing energy that fuels everything from movement to brain function.
- Vitamin B6 – 20% RDA, helps store and transport energy around the body.
- Vitamin C – 17% RDA, important for cell health and protection.
- Potassium – 12% RDA, helps regulate blood pressure and fluid balance.
- Five a day – a banana is equal to one of your five a day.
When calculating the calories in a banana smoothie, it’s important to add up all the ingredients. You’ll need to include whatever else you’ve added to it, such as almond milk, pineapple, peanut butter, leafy greens, or strawberries.
The average banana smoothie contains approx 300 calories once you’ve accounted for all the ingredients.
Banana Smoothie Benefits
Bananas are a bonafide staple in health smoothies. Here are just a few of the reasons to include them in yours…
1 – The Perfect Workout Smoothie Ingredient
Bananas provide a quick burst of energy to fuel your workout. This is because they’re full of energy-rich carbohydrates, and vitamin B6 which helps store and transport this energy around the body. Together they ensure you can get the best out of your workout, whether you’re running or doing laps at the pool.
Bananas also help protect against muscle cramps during exercise too. They contain potassium which acts as an electrolyte in the body and helps to maintain fluid balance. That’s why bananas make such good workout smoothie ingredients, especially when paired with protein (like in a banana and peanut butter smoothie).
2 – Keep You Feeling Full
Bananas stabilise blood sugar between meals, so adding them to your smoothie will help avoid hunger pangs later in the day. This is why bananas are a staple in most breakfast smoothie recipes, and especially filling combined with oats and dairy-free yogurt.
Banana-based smoothies can also be a healthy substitute for unhealthy snacks and keep you feeling full until your next meal.
3 – Freeze Well So You Waste Less
We’ve all been there, one minute your bananas are in their sunshine-yellow prime, the next they’re shrivelling and speckled. And you know you shouldn’t waste it but just can’t bring yourself to consume those brown old ex-bananas.
But if you peel, chop and bag them, bananas will keep in the freezer for up to eight months! Plus, frozen bananas give smoothies a delicious, creamy texture. So, there’s no need to ever waste them again – just pop them in the freezer for later use.
Banana Smoothie Recipes You Might Like
Here are a few smoothie recipes with banana that you might like to try…
- Banana & Almond Milk Protein Shake
- Simple Coffee & Banana Smoothie
- Banana & Pineapple Green Smoothie
- Spiced Banana & Coconut Smoothie
- Vegan Strawberry & Banana Smoothie