Green Banana Smoothie?
I recently tried making a green banana smoothie for breakfast because I read that green bananas can be beneficial to digestion. Green bananas are supposed to be soothing to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines and help build the mucosal lining. They are also high in resistant starch which is good for digestion and keeping blood sugar levels stable.
But how does the green smoothie taste? I added pineapple for sweetness, coconut milk and avocado for creaminess (helps balance out astringency of green bananas), basil for flavor, and ginger for a spicy kick. Sometimes I add 5-6 drops stevia to make it a little sweeter.
I actually feel a positive difference after having a green banana smoothie a few times this past week. It seems to be soothing to the stomach and reduce symptoms of IBS. It also keeps you feeling full all morning. You can read more about benefits of green bananas here.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Fresh pineapple
- Green banana (frozen, to give the smoothie a thicker texture)
- Coconut milk
- Fresh lime juice
- Fresh basil
- Fresh ginger
- Stevia drops (if desired)
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 green banana, sliced and frozen
1/2 small avocado
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
1 thumb-sized piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
Juice from 1/2 lime (or more to taste)
5–6 drops liquid stevia Trader Joe’s brand recommended (optional)
water, as needed
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Add 1/2 cup water (or more if needed) to help blend the ingredients together.
Add a handful of mint leaves or substitute mint for basil.
You can use regular ripe banana in place of green banana, but make sure to leave out the stevia.