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Banana Smoothies Are the Jam

By Nick Schonberger

Banana Smoothies. We all love them. We are all guilty of having spent way too much on one. Even though Jamba Juice seems to have a “2 for 1” promotion literally every week, copping a “smooth” a day feels like buying Starbucks with British sterling. Better to go the D.I.Y. route to accrue the health benefits of a fresh smoothie without breaking the bank.

Ask yourself this: Do I have a blender? If the answer is yes, then you can make your own smoothies whenever you please. Breakfast. Snack. Before bed treat. All good times for a smoothie. Smoothie’s are also great because they allow you to use up the fruit that you've allowed to ripen just beyond the point where eating it “as is” seems appetizing.

There are a million variations of a banana smoothie - here's one.

You need:

* 1.5 cups of vanilla yogurt (or plain depending on taste)
* 1/2 cup of milk
* 2 bananas
* A sprinkling of cinnamon (for that South American flair)

To make:

Place all in blender. Blend. Serve.

Needless to say, various fruits go well with banana so you can pretty much toss in whatever you’ve got lying around: strawberries, blueberries, apple, etc. If you’re feeling frisky, pour some Hershey’s chocolate sauce into the mix or add a little peanut butter. You can also add some powder supplements from GNC if you’re into that sort of thing.

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