Both banana and apples used in this smoothie are potent sources of soluble and insoluble fibers and resistant starch that help to improve digestion and enhance satiety, which in turn prevents overeating and helps in losing weight. It contains a delicious combination of peanut butter, yogurt, and honey which makes it wholesome breakfast even from toddlers and kids.
Bananas are a low-calorie fruit; one medium banana contains approximately 105 calories and 3 grams of dietary fiber. A specific type of starch known as resistant starch found in bananas slow down the digestive process so that you feel full longer. Bananas are also a great source of potassium which helps to lower high blood pressure and protect the heart.
Apples are one of the healthiest of fruits that contain just 95 calories and 4 grams of fiber per fruit. Apples also contain vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, manganese, copper and vitamins A, E and B-complex vitamins. Fiber pectin present in apples makes you feel full longer which aids weight loss. Antioxidants present in apples protect the brain against age-related mental decline. Soluble fiber in apples reduces the risk of heart diseases by lowering blood cholesterol levels.
Peanut Butter not only adds a rich creamy texture and nutty flavor to the smoothie but also supplies a wholesome amount of protein and healthy fats that aid weight loss, prevent diabetes and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The combination of protein and fiber in peanut butter keeps you feeling full longer so that you consume fewer calories overall. The heart-healthy monounsaturated fats in peanut butter support cardiovascular health and help to reduce belly fat.
Almond Milk thins the consistency of the smoothie and works as a great substitute for dairy. Almond milk is a rich source of vitamin E that acts as a powerful antioxidant and helps to reduce inflammation and neutralize free radical damage.
Yogurt is another rich source of protein that helps to fill you up and support muscle growth. Yogurt also provides wholesome amounts of calcium, B-vitamins, potassium and magnesium to the body. Being a fermented product, it is a natural source of probiotics (healthy bacteria) that boosts immune system function and supports proper digestion.
Honey is used as a natural sweetener in this recipe but it also adds a plethora of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and enzymes to the body that boosts energy, fights of allergies and promotes restful sleep.
Here is the recipe…
- Banana – 1
- Apple – 1
- Peanut butter – 1 tablespoon
- Yogurt – ¼ cup
- Honey – 1 tablespoon
- Almond Milk – 1/2 cup
- Cut apple and banana into pieces and toss them in your blender.
- Then add peanut butter, yogurt, almond milk, and honey into the blender.
- Blend all these ingredients on high speed until smooth and pour it into a glass.
- Drink this smoothie to lose your weight and to enhance your immune system.
The combination of banana, apple, and yogurt in this smoothie makes it an amazing hangover cure as well. The high level of potassium in these fruits and yogurt helps to increase the level of this important mineral in the body and restore the electrolyte balance which may have depleted due to the diuretic effect of alcohol.