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Recipe: Banana Split Smoothie

MAR banana Smoothie
Bananas have all kinds of benefits for bodies that work out a lot, which is why we’ll be blending this smoothie up all month. Well, that and our sweet tooth. (Photo: Jennifer Kass for Well+Good)

Now that we’ve transformed our eating habits—you know, back in January—it’s completely acceptable to add a little fruit sugar back into the mix with this month’s Banana Split Smoothie. Of course, you won’t find any Hershey’s syrup or candied cherries on this one. You won’t need ’em or miss ’em.

Blended frozen bananas, as anyone who’s ever eaten one can attest, are a creamy, almost-decadent treat that are also the perfect food following your workout for their potassium (no Charlie horses, thank you very much). Bananas don’t get much buzz for this, but they contain energy-boosting vitamin B6 and amino acid tryptophan, both of which help your body produce the happiness-hormone serotonin, making them a natural anti-depressant.

Dates are amazing with bananas, and packed with more potassium, iron, and vitamin A. Sweetened cacao nibs are even better for you than dark chocolate, offering one of the best dietary sources of magnesium (a whopping 9g per ounce), ideal for your muscles, plus fiber in it. Any milk will do, but hemp milk has the highest protein content—and it’s super easy to make yourself. However, if you’re just not going to do it, buy your box of hemp milk unsweetened, as the bananas and dates have plenty of sugar. —Jennifer Kass

Banana Split Smoothie

1 frozen banana
2 Tbsp hemp seeds, blend first
1 cup filtered water (or 1 cup hemp milk if you’re not making your own, and a splash or two of filtered water)
2 dates (no pits!)
1 Tbsp sweetened cacao nibs

Blend the hemp seeds with the water thoroughly. Then add the banana and dates, and blend again. Pour into a glass and top with the cacao nibs. Enjoy!