Characteristics

This rich, creamy, and delicious smoothie is easy to make and provides an excellent array of nutritional benefits. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. It provides healthy carbohydrates, fats, and protein, as well as fiber. It is free of any added sugar, naturally low in sodium, and cholesterol-free. It is versatile to use any time of the day, before or after a workout, and for adults and children alike. Enjoy it most when local organic peaches are in season.

TYPE: Snack, Treat, Smoothie, Smoothie Bowl
PREP TIME: < 5 mins
SERVINGS: makes about one 12 to 16oz serving

  • Real food
  • Whole food
  • Raw food
  • Vegan / Plant-based
  • Wheat-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Oil-free
  • Sugar-free

Goodies Needed

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Fresh Organic Banana (medium to large size and fully ripe)
  • 1 to 2 Fresh Organic Peaches or 1/2 to 1 cup Frozen Organic Peaches
  • 1 to 2 tbsp Organic Raw Almond Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Organic Cinnamon Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Organic Pure Vanilla
  • 1 cup or more Filtered Water
  • Optional: ice cubes, if not using any frozen fruit and you prefer the smoothie cooler than room temperature

TOOLS:

Preparation Steps

  1. Peel the fresh banana, cut it into smaller pieces, and place it into the blender.
  2. Wash the fresh peaches, cut in halves, remove the pits, and cut into smaller pieces to place into the blender.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients into the blender.
  4. Blend on high speed until the mixture is perfectly smooth (about 15 seconds with a Vitamix).
  5. Using your spatula, transfer the contents into your glass, cup, or bowl, and enjoy.

Tips

  • You can freeze this mixture to enjoy it as an “ice cream” treat. However, if using it as a smoothie, it is best to make it and consume it fresh, especially that it is so quick and easy to make.
  • You can use this mixture for the base of a smoothie bowl and top with your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds, etc.
  • Be sure to use high-quality almond butter to avoid the problems associated with conventional almonds.

Health and Nutrition Benefits

Bananas

  • provide healthy carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and are virtually fat-free
  • provide lots of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory benefits
  • provide vitamins, including vitamin A, C, E, K, and most B vitamins
  • provide minerals, especially potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, and zinc
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • support healthy digestion, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levls
  • protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes type 2, and other diseases
  • for more info, see the bananas overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Peaches

  • provide healthy carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and are virtually fat-free
  • provide lots of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory benefits
  • provide vitamins, including vitamin A, C, E, K, and most B vitamins, including folate and choline
  • provide minerals, including potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • support healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases
  • for more info, see the peaches overview on Nutrition And You

Almonds / Almond Butter

  • provide healthy fats, protein, some carbohydrates, and fiber
  • provide phytonutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory benefits
  • provide vitamins, especially vitamin A, E, and most B vitamins, including folate
  • provide minerals, especially potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, and manganese
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • support healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes type 2, osteoporosis, and other diseases
  • for more information, visit the almonds detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods
  • Tips: Choose organic and raw almonds and almond butter, as conventional almonds and roasted almonds have pesticide, toxin, and other health concerns.

Cinnamon

  • not a significant source of calories or macronutrients (carbs, fats, protein)
  • provides lots of phytonutrients, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties
  • provides vitamins, including vitamin A, K, and some B vitamins
  • provides minerals, especially calcium, potassium, and iron
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • supports optimal digestion and immune protection
  • supports healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • protects against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes type 2, and other diseases
  • for more info, see the cinnamon overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Vanilla

  • provides antioxidants and phytonutrients, like vanilloids, and has anti-inflammatory benefits
  • provides some B vitamins
  • provides some minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, and magnesium
  • supports healing, prevention, and overall health
  • supports cardiovascular and nervous system health
  • for more information, visit the vanilla overview from Nutrition-and-You.com Tips: Use the vanilla bean directly or choose pure, natural, and organic vanilla extracts. Avoid synthetic vanilla and similar artificial vanilla products.