Bananas and grapes may seem like an unusual combination for a smoothie, but when you think about it they truly are made for each other. Bananas are everybody’s favorite smoothie addition. Their rich creaminess adds sweetness and thickness to any smoothie.Grapes on the other hand add a sweet tartness to smoothies. I always have a bunch sitting in my fruit bowl. I find they are great to snack on and keep me away from the cookie jar, as one cup of grapes is just 100 calories. A smoothie can be made with either green or red grapes. But be aware there is a difference in sweetness. Red grapes are the sweetest so to dilute, add some tart in the way of cranberries. Green grapes are less sweet, and the blue/black varieties less sweet again. To turn your banana grape smoothie into a green power drink simply add some greens. This ramps up the nutrition and counteracts any excess sweetness. Lime or lemon juice is another way to add some tart, and avocado will add extra creaminess. But because grapes are about 80% water, you will need to reduce the amount of liquid used. It is recommended that you wash the grapes beforehand to remove any pesticide residue. I find seedless table grapes the best option for smoothies.
Grapes are packed with nutrients and antioxidants, vitamins C and K, potassium and iron. They also contain the antioxidant known as resveratrol. Red, purple and black grapes are one of the best sources of resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that is thought to fight cancer and heart disease. Bananas contain more potassium than any other fruit. Potassium protects against high blood pressure and is critical for normal muscle, nerve and brain function. The carbohydrates in bananas helps fuel our muscles after a workout. This is why they are so favored by athletes and highly active people. Bananas also contain vitamins A, K C and E, folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.
Blueberry Banana Grape Smoothie
Ingredients1 banana1 cup red grapes1 cup frozen blueberries1 cup almond milk½ cup vanilla yogurt2 tablespoons flaxseedHow to MakeBlitz together the banana, grapes, blueberries, almond milk, vanilla yogurt and flaxseed until everything is well blendedPour into 2 glasses.
Red Decadence Smoothie
Ingredients1 frozen banana1 cup red grapes½ cup frozen cranberries½ cup almond milk2 tablespoons almond butterHow to MakeAdd the banana, red grapes, cranberries, almond milk and almond butter to your blender and blitz on high until everything is wonderfully smooth and creamy. Takes between 1 – 2 minutes.Pour into two glasses and enjoy.
Green Grape Banana Smoothie
Ingredients1 large frozen banana1 cup green seedless grapes6 fresh mint leavesHandful of baby spinach leaves½ avocadoJuice of ½ lemon½ – 1 cup almond/cashew milkHow to MakeAdd the banana, grapes, mint leaves, spinach leaves, avocado, lemon juice and almond/cashew milk to your blender. Turn up to high and whizz everything together until smooth and creamy.This makes 2 glasses.
Kiwi Banana Grape Smoothie
Ingredients1 frozen banana1 cup green grapes2 kiwi fruit½ cup vanilla yogurt½ cup almond milkHow to MakeBlend together the frozen banana, green grapes, kiwi fruit, vanilla yogurt and almond milk until smooth and creamy. Pour into your favorite glasses and garnish with extra fruit.
Banana Grape Pineapple Smoothie
Ingredients1 frozen banana½ avocado1 cup green grapes½ cup baby spinach leaves½ cup frozen pineapple1 cup almond milkJuice of 1 limeHow to MakeCombine banana, avocado, green grapes, spinach leaves, pineapple pieces, almond milk and lime juice into a high-powered blender and puree until smooth.Pour into your favorite glasses and enjoy. This makes about 2 cups.
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