The combination of bananas, almonds and coconut make this smoothie recipe sound like a decadent dessert, but it’s loaded with nutrients and can take the place of any meal when you’re in a rush.
Plus, it’s a great way to use those overripe bananas.
Banana nutrition facts
Bananas are a great smoothie ingredient because they can be used just ripe or overripe. They make any smoothie extra creamy, and if they’re frozen you get some added thickness, too.
But bananas also deliver nutrients. They are rich in potassium, fiber, vitamin C and vitamin B6, which all support your heart health. Along with other pale colored fruits and vegetables, they also deliver phytonutrients that benefit your bones, circulatory health and arterial function.
Can you add nuts to smoothies?
You may think adding nuts to smoothies will result in an unpleasant gritty texture. Blending them well or using a food processor prevents this. After all, peanut butter, almond butter and other nut butters are essentially blended nuts.
But using real nuts is preferred over store bought butters, because those can have added oils, sugars or other unwanted ingredients.
If you’re worried your blender can’t do the job, make it easier by soaking them in warm water for at least an hour or overnight to ease the blending process. This recipe calls for already sliced almonds, which will also help.
Almond Banana Smoothie
- 9 fl oz cold water
- ½ cup (57g) BodyKey by Nutrilite Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake
- 2 tbsp almond slices
- ½ small banana
- 4 tbsp light coconut milk, from can
- 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Protein: 24g
- Fiber: 9g
- Fat: 19g
- Carbs: 43g
- Calories: 430
Make it a meal with BodyKey
Because this recipe uses a BodyKey™ Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake, it has enough nutrients to be a substitute for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
It can also be used as part of the free BodyKey™ SmartLoss™ weight management program, which is backed by more than 20 years of leading weight loss research.
The app-based program uses a simple system to separate foods into three categories—proteins, fats and carbs—that users tally each day. There is also a lengthy list of “free” foods that don’t count toward your daily consumption totals.
Free weight loss app
The BodyKey Smartloss program is managed through a free smartphone app available to anyone. Download it for your iOS® or Android® devices. The app makes it convenient to stay connected to the program, check and track your progress and get personal guidance from a Digital Coach on your food and behavior choices.