Banana Chai Smoothie Recipe

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Banana Chai SmoothieLet me start by saying that everyone in my family loved this smoothie, from ages 3 to 50 everyone really liked it.  If you want to make it a little healthier you can omit the sugar but we all felt the extra sweetness was needed. All other ingredients in this smoothie are very healthy.



Let’s go over the three main ingredients in this smoothie.

First we have the banana which has potassium, fiber and an impressive amount of Vitamin B6.

Second is the milk, depending on the kind of milk you use the nutritional value changes. Almond milk has some great features!  It is rich in a number of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, iron, fiber, and calcium. Almond milk is also low in calories and fat.  Plus in today world of growing allergies and sensitive’s, Almond milk is lactose, gluten and casein free.

Now the for third main ingredient, Chai tea. Chai tea is comprised of Black tea, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Clove, Black pepper, Nutmeg, Chinese Star Anise, ginger and fennel. Black tea is a rich antioxidant and has been used for thousands of years to promote good health, Cinnamon has been known to help stabilize blood sugar therefore adding in weight loss and can help lower your bad cholesterol (LDL).

All in all we love this smoothie and will be making it often.  You should give it a whirl too, I don’t think you will be disappointed!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup unsweetened original Almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 Ripe frozen Banana
  • 1 Chai Tea Bag
  • 1/4 Cup hot water
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup of ice (maybe a little more depending on your preferred consistency)
  • 1/8 cup of cane sugar

How to make this smoothie recipe:

  1. Pour boiling water over tea bag and let sit til cool
  2. When you remove the tea bag from the water gently press all the water out of the tea bag for full flavor
  3. In a blender combine all ingredients and blend to desired consistency
  4. Pour in glass and enjoy

Nutritional content for 1 Serving

  •   Calories: 241.6
  •   Total Fat 3.6 g
  •   Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  •   Sodium 181.3 mg
  •   Potassium 658.9 mg
  •   Total Carbohydrate 53.8 g
  •   Dietary Fiber 3.8 g
  •   Sugars 38.7 g
  •   Protein 2.2 g
  •   Vitamin A 11.9 %
  •   Vitamin B-6 34.1 %
  •   Vitamin C 17.9 %
  •   Vitamin D 25.0 %
  •   Vitamin E 51.6 %
  •   Calcium 45.7 %

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24 Comments

  1. Reply Anonymous March 20, 2013
  2. Reply Blender Man February 19, 2013

    Here are a few reasons why almond milk is so popular, besides being a low calorie substitute: Almond milk is great for those who are lactose intolerant, because it doesn’t contain any lactose. Almond milk also contains no soy, so it’s good for those who suffer from soy allergies. Because almond milk doesn’t contain casein, a milk protein that’s chemically similar to gluten, almond milk is appropriate for those who suffer from gluten allergies.

    Almond milk is one of the most nutritious milk substitutes available. It doesn’t contain saturated fats or cholesterol, but it does contain omega-3 fatty acids, so it’s very good for your heart. Almond milk is high in protein; the typical eight ounce serving of almond milk contains about one gram of protein. One serving of almond milk also contains about one gram of dietary fiber.

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