Do you want to try a different weight-loss recipe? Try the banana smoothie for weight loss, which is a perfect choice if you add it to your weight loss diet. The banana smoothie is simple to make, requires a few healthy ingredients, and is quick to make without many ingredients.
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About the recipe
Bananas are an all-time favorite, a quick-to-grab filling fruit to have during snacking, etc., and a delicious fruit that kids can enjoy.
This weight-loss banana smoothie is a healthy one to use during weight-loss diets or when one wants a healthy diet.
Bananas have good advantages as they have good calories and good fiber. The high fiber content makes them one of the best fruits to consume during hunger.
The smoothie I am making here is a simple smoothie that needs very few ingredients.
Bananas are the main ingredient; the rest are easy to obtain.
The other ingredients required to make this smoothie recipe are banana, almond milk, almond butter, and cinnamon powder.
I am keeping the smoothie simple, healthy, and low-calorie to benefit fat burning process.
I will also share different variations of making this smoothie below; all will be healthy.
Let us discuss the ingredients in the recipe below and check out how simple they are.
Banana: I am using a fresh ripe banana here and one single banana to make a glass of smoothie enough to yield one glass.
If you have a frozen banana, using frozen bananas too works well to make this kind of smoothie.
Do not use raw bananas; try to use an organic ripe banana that is healthier and does not cause stomach trouble.
Almond milk: Using unsweetened almond milk to add liquid to the smoothie has calories and benefits and is a healthier option than low-fat milk.
Almond butter: I am using almond butter as it is healthy and has sufficient calories to keep you full.
Ground cinnamon: This spice has many fat-burning benefits and adds flavorful touch when added to healthy smoothies, mainly a banana smoothie.
Ice cubes: Adding ice cubes or crushed ice is optional, and skip if you do not prefer a chilled drink. Add more ice if you like to have a cold smoothie.
Banana is a low-calorie food, so adding them to a weight loss smoothie makes it to the top list.
Besides calories, it is also a high-fiber fruit, and one single banana contains approximately 3 grams or slightly more fiber, depending on the size of the banana.
Though bananas are high carb, they can be moderately eaten in weight loss diets as they supply the body with essential nutrients and vitamins a body needs, such as it is rich in vitamin b6 and manganese.
Because of its high fiber value, the banana can keep you full and has approximately or roughly 105 calories or slightly more or less in a single banana.
The good calories and fiber can give you a feeling of fullness as it slows down digestion without increasing appetite when combined with other healthy ingredients while making a smoothie.
Bananas promote healthy weight management and can cause harmful effects if bananas are used in large quantities, as they can lead to weight gain because of their high carbs content.
Bananas have natural sugars, and having only bananas can increase extra pounds; therefore, avoiding excess consumption is better.
Using unsweetened almond milk regularly can have lots of benefits in fat reduction as it contains no cholesterol.
Almonds are rich in Vitamin E, and so does pure extracted almond milk. Having this milk by replacing high-fat milk can bring good results in shedding weight.
Almond milk is low in calories and has a good amount of fiber and protein, which are vital nutrients in losing weight, as they help the digestion process slow down and feel full without consuming other extra high-calorie foods.
Generally, using almond butter is a healthy option as it adds protein to the smoothie and is low in carbs value.
Therefore, fewer carbs and more protein and fiber are good choices of food to include in a weight loss diet.
They help burn fat, and a tablespoon of almond butter is all you need to add healthy calories and essential vitamins and nutrients to your diet.
This spice can regulate and reduce blood sugar levels and has excellent properties to help reduce body fat or burn fat.
Cinnamon is an appetite suppressant ingredient and gives flavor apart from its excellent metabolism-boosting properties.
It also boosts digestion; thus, good digestion is the key to a healthy body and better functioning.
Variations and Substitutions
I am adding a slight amount of cinnamon but making it more flavorful, or if you like to add more cinnamon in ground form, go ahead and add a little more.
If you do not like the cinnamon flavor, skip adding it and combine it with almond milk and make a quick smoothie.
If you do not have almond milk, then the second best alternative is oat milk, and the next choice is low-fat milk.
For a healthy option and good benefits, almond milk makes the best choice.
Using a ripe banana is more beneficial than an unripe banana.
I am adding only a banana, but if you want to increase a little more calories, add two to three tablespoons of rolled oats to this banana smoothie and make it an oats banana weight loss smoothie.
Do not add rolled oats in more quantity as the calorie value may increase, and it becomes a high-calorie smoothie.
We aim to make a low-calorie filling smoothie that can be added to weight loss diets and used during the weight loss journey.
The topping used is chia seeds which have filling benefits due to their high fiber content, but other chopped fruits too can be used as a topping.
Not only a single banana but combine bananas with different fruits and add at least two fruits to reap more health benefits.
Here you can add some more fruits and make them with slight variations, such as a strawberry banana smoothie for weight loss.
Add strawberries to the existing smoothie with bananas, adding more value and benefit to the body.
Not only strawberries, but another berries to combine with banana is blueberry, and both these fruits make an excellent combination to make a blueberry banana smoothie.
Another fruit to add along with the existing bananas is pineapple. The banana and pineapple can make a great combination while making this smoothie.
Another good combination with bananas is coffee, and also you can try to add some instant coffee to this banana smoothie for weight loss.
If you like to substitute almond butter with peanut butter, go ahead, as peanut butter, too, is full of protein and is an excellent healthy choice to add.
The smoothie in the recipe yields one person and makes only one serving. The smoothie ingredients can be doubled to yield two or tripled to 3 to yield 3.
Calories in the smoothie
Let us check and try to break down the approximate calories in each ingredient added to the smoothie and individual ingredients.
One medium-sized banana: Contains approximately 105 calories.
Almond milk: 1 cup or an eight-ounce of almond milk contains roughly 40 calories, and some brands also mention 60 calories.
If you opt for unsweetened almond milk, it is roughly about 40 calories. The variation of 40 to 60 calories depends on the brand you choose.
Almond butter: One tablespoon of almond butter contains 98 calories.
Cinnamon: Since we are adding a pinch, the calories are negligible.
This smoothie is low in calories and comes to approximately 240 to 250 calories.
Therefore, add a cup of blueberries to add more calories and make a smoothie of more than 300 to 350 calories.
One cup of blueberries contains approximately 80 calories and is the best addition to make it more healthy filling.
A smoothie ranging from 300 - 350 calories is a healthy choice as it can fill you up because of the fibers and proteins they contain.
Also, it is low in calories that can quickly burn during the day as one indulges in different activities.
If you like to add oats to the banana, add them in tablespoons as adding oats in cups can add high calories(1 cup of oats is roughly 307 calories).
Therefore, watch out while adding oats as they can become a high-calorie drink, and go for careful substitutions or combinations by keeping calories in mind.
- Limit the intake of high-calorie or unhealthy foods if you want to see good results quickly.
- Do not have unhealthy snacks that contain lots of salt and sugar, and replace these unhealthy snacks with healthy smoothies, fruits, etc.
- Follow a healthy and active lifestyle with simple exercises such as walking, jogging, and brisk walking that can help with weight loss and a healthy heart.
- Have plenty of fruits during snacking, which can be beneficial and keep you alert and active than having high-calorie unhealthy drinks.
- Good sleep and no stress can contribute significantly to healthy weight management along with these healthy diets.
Banana smoothie for weight loss
- 1 medium ripe banana (frozen or fresh)
- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter/almond butter
- pinch of cinnamon
- ice cubes
- chia seeds as topping
- Take a blending jar and add the banana by peeling it.
- Add unsweetened almond milk to it.
- Also, add a tablespoon of almond butter to the above ingredients.
- Add a pinch of cinnamon.
- To make a chilled smoothie add some ice as an optional ingredient.
- Blend the smoothie well for a minute.
- Pour and serve fresh.
- Top it with some blueberries, chopped strawberries, crushed oats, or consume directly.
- Drink it during breakfasts, snacks, or any time by replacing unhealthy foods high in calories.
- Add or garnish with chia seeds as a topping that is also a good fiber and a filling ingredient,
Bananas, if used in place of unhealthy foods, can work magic on your body as they have high fiber content that can prevent us from overeating, and their low-calorie intake can help burn fat.
It works for losing overall weight and not just belly fat.
This banana smoothie is an excellent option for breakfast or snacks, as we can quickly make it with fewer ingredients.