Maple Banana Blast means the fruit is broken in half and partially frozen then placed into a blender with sweetener, maple syrup, skim milk, yogurt, vanilla extract and ice cubes. Blend and enjoy.

Maple Banana Blast Prep Time: 30 min
Ready In: 35 min

Servings: 4

Ingredients
4 medium Bananas, slightly brown speckled
1/3 cup measurable Sweetener
1/4 cup Maple Syrup, sugar free
1/4 cup Skim Milk
1/3 cup Yogurt, plain, non fat
1/2 tsp pure Vanilla Extract
2 cup small Ice Cubes

Directions
Break bananas in half and freeze for 20 minutes or until frozen. Add all ingredients to blender. Blender will be full. Mix on low speed for 10 seconds. Remove lid, stir with wooden spoon. Mix on medium speed for 15 seconds, remove lid and stir again. Mix on high speed for 15-20 seconds or until smooth. Pour into glasses. Serve immediately.
Notes: Mixing times will vary depending on frozen state of fruit. Serving size and amount can slightly vary depending on size of bananas.

Tips & Notes
Wonderfully sweet with firm and creamy flesh, bananas come prepackaged in their own yellow jackets and are available all year.
Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Since the average banana contains a whopping 400-plus mg of potassium and only 1mg of sodium, a banana a day may help to prevent high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis.
The effectiveness of potassium-rich foods such as bananas in lowering blood pressure has been demonstrated by a number of studies. For example, researchers tracked more than 40,000 American male health professionals over four years to determine the effects of diet on blood pressure. Men who ate diets higher in potassium-rich foods, as well as foods high in magnesium and cereal fiber, had a substantially reduced risk of stroke.
In addition to these cardiovascular benefits, the potassium found in bananas also may help to promote bone health. Potassium may counteract the increased urinary calcium loss caused by the high-salt diets typical of most Americans, thus helping to prevent bones from thinning out at a fast rate.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 120
Total Fat: 0.5g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 50mg
Total Carbohydrates: 28g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Protein: 2g

Source: DiabetesCare.net

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