Did you know that as well as providing your body the right types of fuel for sustained activities, bananas offer serious mood-lifting power? Bananas are high in Tryptophan, a mood-stabilising amino acid! Add this to piles of organ-supporting potassium, energising vitamins B6, A, and C, fibre, iron and protein, bananas are one of the best when it comes to mood-boosting, energy-fuelled snacks. So, enough of the technical talk – here’s a great recipe you can use to get your kick of banana smoothie goodness!
- One fresh Cavendish banana, chopped
- 250ml liquid (coconut water, milk (dairy or non dairy options)
- A squish of honey
- A sprinkle of cinnamon
- Throw in a blender/nutri-bullet/food processor until combined
If you like your smoothies a little thicker and colder in the warm weather, just add some ice cubes.
For a banana smoothie with even more punch, add a handful of spinach, a tablespoon of ground flaxseed, and half a cup of apple juice. Spinach is one of the richest food sources of folate (vitamin B9) you can find, and flaxseed is full of omega-3s. When combined, these nutrients help maintain stable levels of brain serotonin and may help reduce your risk of depression.
For a chocolatey twist, add a teaspoon or two of raw cacao powder!