Healthy Snacks – How to Make a Creamy Banana Smoothie

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Tracee Brenner with Nutrition is Healing demonstrates how to make a creamy banana smoothie.

    Tracee Brenner

    Tracee is founder of Nutrition is Healing a nutrition counseling firm to provide individualized services regarding weight loss, eating disorders, prevention of heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure, GI issues and overall wellness. The focus is on Holistic Nutrition, incorporating the importance of eating real foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, herbs and spices and understanding the incredible benefits they have on your body, as well as stress reducing techniques. Tracee went to Johnson and Wales Culinary school and graduated in 1986 and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian at Marymount College and did her internship at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center. She recently co-authored the book Whole Life Nurtition: A Simple Approach to Nourishing America’s Busy Families. Tracee is currently launching a company web-site which include a blog and cooking section for parents, rankings of healthy food products and a nutrition section answering questions from teens and tweens. Tracee continued her education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and participates in many continue education classes including Mind Body Medicine through the Institute of Mind Body Medicine. Tracee is a member of the American Dietetic Association and Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Nutrition in Complementary Care and Weight Management practice groups. She is also a member of the American Botanical Society and a member of the Haworth School Wellness Committee and Action For Healthy Kids.

    Tracee Yablon-Brenner Hi! I am Tracee with Nutrition is Healing. Today, we are going to make healthy snacks.

    Now, I am going to show you how to make a creamy banana smoothie. Now, this smoothie you can play with and add different things or leave things out depending on your taste, thats what you can do with basically all smoothies.

    Now, I am using two cups of rice milk, but you can use Soya milk, skimmed milk, almond milk, whatever your preference is. I like to use rice milk because of lactose intolerance. I am going to use one and a half cups of ice, to make it nice and creamy, one cup of banana sliced for a nice sweet flavor. I am adding chocolate to it, just for a nice zippy chocolate flavor, but I am using raw cocoa powder, which is really high in antioxidants, and it is unsweetened, just the nice, chocolate flavor, and I am also going to add agave nectar to sweeten it up with. Now, two tablespoons of the cocoa powder and two tablespoons of the agave nectar, the agave nectar is from the Blue Agave Cactus. Its very low in glycemic load, its very sweet, so you dont need a lot, it goes into your blood stream slowly, its an excellent sweetener to use when you are going to use unsweetened cocoa powder. Teaspoon of ground cinnamon which also decreases food cravings, cinnamon is a nice added flavor with chocolate, and I am adding one tablespoon of vanilla extract for flavor, and a tablespoon of ground flaxseed, which is high in omega-3s, and omega-6, which is not always so easy to get into your diet. So, you can sneak it in for the kids. If they are making it with you, you can explain to them the health benefits of the flaxseeds, and if you like you can add almond butter for a nice, creamy, rich flavor, higher in protein as well.

    Now, we are going to go ahead and blend it and puree for one minute. As soon as, I get the blender blending. Okay. Thats been blended for about a minute. Now, you can go ahead and pour it in your glass and garnish it, if youd like with some coconut, totally optional, if you like coconut flavor. This is really low in sugar, great for diabetics as well. Thats how you make a creamy banana smoothie.