This is a quick little smoothie recipe which is delicious and very nutritious. This blog post also has a recipe to make a Green Smoothie Drink

Here’s Why Smoothies are so Great?

Firstly, it is easy to make great-tasting smoothies. It is also easy to make great-tasting, nutritious smoothies!

Banana Smoothie Recipe

Bananas make smoothies delicious and nutritious! They taste great with milk and yoghurt and a teaspoon of Superfood.

A delicious smoothie  using bananas

Ingredients – Serves 1 – double to serve 2

1 banana

1 cup of low fat milk of choice

1 teaspoon of Superfood

1/2 cup of frozen yoghurt

The flavour of the smoothie can be spiced up with a frozen fruit yoghurt or kept simple by adding 1/2 cup of plain yoghurt.

A good banana smoothie recipe is one of the tastiest and healthiest smoothies you can make and here’s why. Bananas are not only great tasting fruit, they are packed with nutrients including:

Vitamin B6

The chemical structure of vitamin B6Bananas contain Vitamin C, B12 and B6. Vitamin B6 is also known as Pyridoxine, Vitamin B6 is one of the group of water-soluble B vitamins which has many vital functions in the body. Vitamin B6 assists in the breakdown or proteins from digested food into a form that is easily assimilated by the body. It helps to maintain physical strength and vitality, healthy skin and healthy nerve function. The immune and nervous system needs Vitamin B6 to function properly. Vitamin B6 is also needed for heart and brain health.

Pyridoxine plays an important part in producing blood cells as well as antibodies. It also promotes healthy digestion and skin and assists in the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

Foods rich in Vitamin B6

Here are some foods rich in Vitamin B6:

  • Bananas
  • Potatoes
  • Avocados
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Wheat germ
  • Eggs
  • Whole grain cereals
  • Fish
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Tuna

Vitamin B6 is a crucial nutrient necessary for life, as it promotes the health of many enzymes and their systems in the body. Enzymes are basically proteins that make all the chemical reactions in the body happen. Enzymes are made up of anywhere between 100 and 1,000 amino acids (chemical chains that make up proteins) which then help to cause a specific reaction.

Enzymes are needed for healthy cell functioning, cell growth and repair as well as maintenance of all the body’s organs and tissues. Enzymes help to remove worn-out material from the cells, so they help to keep them clean and healthy.

Here are some examples of digestive enzymes and what they do: amylase helps to break down starch, pepsin helps to breaks down protein and lipase assists in fat breakdown.

The word ‘enzyme’ itself is derived from the Greek word ‘en’ meaning ‘within’ and ‘zume’ meaning to rise, to boil up.

Add Superfood to your Smoothie Recipe

Add some superfood to your smoothieSuperfood is a natural green powder that is great to add to smoothie recipes. Superfood contains many highly nutritious ingredients including a highly nutritious yeast called Non-Active Saccharomyces Cerevisia Nutritional Yeast. Yeasts are protein rich foods and also have high concentrations of B Vitamins and enzymes.

Yeast is a type of living micro-organism more commonly referred to as a fungi, other types of fungi include mushrooms, mould. There are literally 100s of different types of fungi of which yeast is just one. Individually, yeast is invisible to the naked eye, but large masses can be easily seen and they come in a variety of forms and shapes.

Yeast is widely used in the food industry where they are used to ferment fruit juices, make bread rise and they help to make foods tastier.

Non Active Saccharomyces Cerevisia yeast

The yeast that is used in Superfood – the Non Active Saccharomyces Cerevisia yeast – is known as a rich source of protein and the B Vitamins. It also contains the mineral chromium which supports the body’s normal blood sugar levels.

Non Active Saccharomyces Cerevisia yeast has been de-activated. It is often used as a nutrient supplement to as it is a naturally rich source of B Vitamins, proteins and enzymes. Non Active Saccharomyces Cerevisia yeast is safe for people who have Candida Albicans or on yeast free diets.

The word ‘Saccharomyces’ literally means ‘sugar fungus’, from the Latin word ‘saccharo’ meaning sugar and ‘myces’ meaning fungus. Cerivissae comes from the Latin word ‘of beer.’ Saccharomyces Cerevisia is also known as Brewer’s Yeast, Baker’s Yeast or Ale Yeast, as it is traditionally the yeast that is left after beer-making.

Fibre

Bananas provide a good source of dietary fibre, which helps to support healthy bowel movement.

Potassium & Magnesium

Bananas contain 2 important minerals: potassium and magnesium. Potassium and magnesium both play major parts in healthy muscle contraction, the circulation system and digestion.

Potassium is a very important mineral in assisting the nervous system, along with sodium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium.

Bananas high in energy

Bananas are high in fruit sugars, which are good to have before you exercise or plan on physical activity. They are also a soft fruit so digesting them can be easy. Bananas also contain a moderate amount of iron which means that you can’t really loose by adding a banana to your smoothie recipe!

Bananas are almost wonder fruit considering just how many nutrients they contain. Add one to your smoothie today!