Monday, November 12, 2012

Banana Almond Smoothie

Bananas, Almonds and Flex seeds all are an excellent source of vitamin B, manganese, potassium, dietary fiber, and monounsaturated fat, one of the two fats which potentially may lower LDL cholesterol. Today I am using all these basic ingredients to make two types of breakfast smoothie. One is for people who love coffee and the other is for people who don't love coffee :)
Packed with vitamins, minerals and omega-3′s, this is a breakfast smoothie that sticks with you until lunch. Both these recipes are made with frozen banana, almond and milk:
1) It is made all the more substantial with the addition of flax seeds for the first smoothie. The almond powder lightens up the flavor and makes it taste like a treat.
2) Adding a spoonful of espresso powder for a kick in the morning or for an afternoon pick-me-up. Try it!!!



Banana Almond Flax Smoothie


Serve:   2
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Banana:                                       1 medium (preferably frozen, sliced)
Yogurt:                                        4 tablespoon
Low fat milk:                                1 cup
Almond:                                       10 pieces
Flax seeds:                                   1 tablespoon
Honey:                                         1 tablespoon
Vanilla essence (Optional):            2 drops


Method:

1) Dry roast the almond and flex seed in a pan. Ground to make a rough powder.
2)  Place all of the ingredients in a blender, along with a almond and flex powder. Blend until smooth.
3) This substantial smoothie is perfect after a high-energy workout. This smoothie is best if served right away.


Banana Almond Espresso Smoothie

Serve:   2
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
 
Minimally adapted from www.marthastewart.com

Ingredients:

Banana:                                       1 medium (preferably frozen, sliced)
Low fat milk:                                2 cup
Almond:                                       10 pieces
Instant espresso coffee:                 1 tablespoon
Honey:                                         1 tablespoon


Method:

1) Blend banana, milk, almond powder, instant coffee and honey together in a food processes unit smooth.
2) Pour it into two glasses and enjoy this creamy espresso smoothie.

BON APPETIT..