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Healthy Banana Pudding Protein Smoothie

Updated on August 19, 2013
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Prep to Serve in a Cinch

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: Serves 1, 16 oz.

Ingredients - Add to blender in the order listed.

  • 3 - 5 Pieces Ice, Cubed or Crushed
  • 1/2 Banana, I cut my bananas in half and freeze them to reduce waste and prep time.
  • 1 cup Almond Milk, Unsweetened, Original or Vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon, All Natural Almond Butter
  • 1 - 2 Scoops Potein Mix, Vanilla

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Instructions

  1. Gather all of your ingredients and necessary tools (blender, drinking cup, measuring cup, and tablespoon.
  2. Always add the almond butter and protein mix last to prevent them from sticking to the bottom and sides of the blender. This will make your smoothie flavor and texture more consistent and make your blender easier to clean.
  3. This recipe blends easily and quickly and has a very smooth texture. I love using the single serving cups with my Ninja. They are perfect for on the go and are simple and easy to clean.

More About the Ingredients

Protein fruit smoothie’s are delicious and can be used as a replacement meal, snack or in combination with a small meal. If you are consuming post workout, add non-flavored Glutamine to hydrate muscle cells and relieve soreness. You can also purchase brands that contain Glutamine in the protein powder.

Ice – If you use frozen fruit, you do not have to include ice too.

Bananas are a good source of fiber, potassium, vitamins A, C, B6, and E.

While bananas have many benefits they are full of natural sugars. I recommend preparing for breakfast up through lunch versus afternoon and evening.

Almond Milk is lactose and soy free. You can purchase almond milk in original, vanilla or chocolate flavors and even unsweetened. I prefer unsweetened and original.

It has no saturated fats or cholesterol, but has omega-3 fatty acids. Almond milk is high in protein and contains about one gram of dietary fiber. It is very low in calories and low in carbs. Almond milk contains more vitamins and minerals than soy and rice milks.

Almond Milk

Almond Milk is lactose and soy free. You can purchase almond milk in original, vanilla or chocolate flavors and even unsweetened. I prefer unsweetened and original.

It has no saturated fats or cholesterol, but has omega-3 fatty acids. Almond milk is high in protein and contains about one gram of dietary fiber. It is very low in calories and low in carbs. Almond milk contains more vitamins and minerals than soy and rice milks.

Almond Butter

Almond Butter provides many health benefits. It is full of fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, potassium, iron, phosphorus, tryptophan, copper, calcium, protein, and monounsaturated fats.

I prefer using all natural or organic almond butter. I have purchased all natural from Aldi and organic from Trader Joe's. Almond butter is similar to peanut butter, but the taste is much more rich and therefore less is more.

Whey Protein Powder

Whey Protein Powder when used as a dietary supplement can enhance immunity, aid in muscle growth, prolong endurance, and provide weight control. Whey protein is also low in carbs and fat, and will keep you full for longer.

For this recipe I used Isopure Protein Powder. The creamy vanilla flavor adds a subtle hint of vanilla without the powdery consistency of most protein powders. Each serving (2 scoops) has 50 grams of 100% pure whey protein isolate and zero carbs. It also has glutamine, vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

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