Banana Chia Seed Smoothie Recipe | How to Make Smoothies

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Thu Apr 23, 2020

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Banana Chia Smoothie sounds exotic, but is super simple to make!

Whole Food Plant Based Banana Chia Smoothie Recipe

Course: Course 1: Raw, Juice & Smoothie, Snack
Cuisine: Raw Vegan Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 glasses

INGREDIENTS

6 Yelakki Bananas / 3 Large Bananas
2 tbsp Chia Seeds
1/4 cup Date Syrup
1/4 cup Raisins
1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
1/4 tsp Pepper Powder

INGREDIENTS

  1. Peel Bananas.
  2. Grind all ingredients together to get Banana Chia Seed Smoothie.
  3. Garnish with chia seeds. Serve fresh!

Plant Based Chef Pro Tips for Best Banana Chia Seed Smoothie

  1. The more berries, chia seeds, and spices you use, the healthier and yummier your smoothie becomes!
  2. Top the smoothie with fruits like mango, strawberry or kiwi!

Nutrition Science Highlights for WFPB Banana Chia Seed Smoothie Recipe

  1. Why not honey, sugar or jaggery? Sugar and Jaggery are processed foods. Although jaggery is healthier than brown sugar, which, in turn, is healthier than white sugar, all forms of processed foods are unhealthy when compared to whole plant foods. Honey is healthwise as good as jaggery, which isn't saying much. In addition to not being very healthy, honey production kills millions of bees every year, affecting our environment adversely. The best sweetener alternative is a whole fruit or dry fruit. The easiest method of using these is date syrup, as it does not involve peeling or chopping.
  2. Why raw dishes at meals? Every meal we consume has an immediate, measurable effect on the antioxidant capacity of our blood. Consuming raw fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices at every meal can help us always have a positive blood antioxidant response to our meals. This is perhaps why every traditional Indian meal began with fruits and salads (kosambari / kosumalli)
  3. Why nuts instead of oil? Whole foods are healthier than processed foods. When nuts are pressed and oil is extracted, fiber and phytonutrients are lost, along with many other nutrients. Therefore, whole nuts are much healthier than oils, whether cold-pressed or refined. In addition, they provide the oil content we need to absorb fat-soluble phytonutrients from other whole plant foods! This may be why nuts are used to garnish nearly every traditional indian dish!
  4. Why not dairy? Dairy products have been found to be associated with increased risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity, asthma, PCOS, and heart disease. We can still enjoy our milk, cream, and butter though - as long as they are made from whole plant foods!

Dr Achyuthan Eswar
Lifestyle Physician & Co-founder, NutritionScience.in, PHC Lifestyle Clinic & SampoornaAhara.com Plant-based Kitchen

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