John’s Banana Smoothie

by Polly N on March 28, 2011

After extolling the virtues of eating and drinking more greens and getting alkalised over the last 12 months, I was chuffed to hear my Dad ask me for a banana smoothie. Okay, so he didn’t exactly ask for a green smoothie, but that’s what he got. It had banana in it so it was a win win! My philosophy to improving health is by making small changes everyday that make the big difference. Adding a green smoothie to your life will help to alkalise your pH, flood your cells with oxygen and keep your energy stable until your next meal.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite his silly faces, he emptied his glass and went back into the garden to finish planting his tomatoes feeling satiated and raring to go. If you are struggling to know where to start with adding more greens and raw food into your diet, making green smoothies is where I would suggest you start.

 

 

Depending on your sweet tooth, I would advise you add one or two pieces of fruit to approximately 2 large handfuls of greens. I make my smoothies with whatever I have in the fridge so if you’re following the below recipe and don’t have spinach for example, just use romaine lettuce, kale, British greens or whatever you have available. Obviously the taste and colour will vary so I suggest you taste-test it before pouring it into a glass to drink so you can add in any additional fruit or natural sweetener such as stevia.

I love to add superfoods to my smoothies for maximum nutrition. Here’s a list of some of the superfoods I like to use;

Here’s John’s Banana Smoothie – enjoy! (I wouldn’t normally use 2 bananas as 1 would probably be sweet enough but my Mum got carried away with the process!)

  • 1 cup white seedless grapes
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 apple
  • 2 large handfuls spinach
  • 1/2 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Add more water if you prefer a thinner consistency.

Remember that as you begin to alkalise your body, the less sweet foods you will crave so begin to reduce the amount of sweet fruit used for both smoothies and juices. Not sure of the difference between the two? Read this.

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Tovah April 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Hi Polly! I came across your blog a few weeks ago and just wanted to say how much I like your posts and find them informative. That smoothie looks delicious! Over the past two years (since I had an early stage ovarian cancer diagnosis at 29) I’ve been trying to overhaul my diet to include a much greater portion of raw food and nutritional supplements–so I was pleased to come across your site , your posts and recipes are very helpful! Thank-you and best wishes! xx
PS> Love the pics of your Dad drinking his smoothie! Funny, as I make my parents green smoothies every time I’m back home–sometimes I think they’d appreciate more fruit in there and less greens :)

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Sylvia Diosi April 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I made John’s green smoothie exactly as recommended, and had this in the morning before my day started. I had the same glass size as John. Obviously, I took this for energy, and although nice tasting I actually felt quite bloated and far from energetic – are you able to tell me why this is??

Thanks Sylvia

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polly April 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Hi Sylvia

It may be the banana as that digests quickly and can cause some people bloating or it could be the combination of the 3 fruits. Try just using one fruit, say apples and see if that’s any better. You may be more sensitive and need to look at food combining rules to prevent the bloating. ;o) x

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