Today’s watermelon banana smoothie recipe is a simple guide on how to make a sweet yet low-calorie drink.
Is This Smoothie Healthy?
Yes, our watermelon banana smoothie recipe is healthy and here’s why:
Bananas are a good source of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in liquid to produce a gel during digestion and is also responsible for the sponge-like feel of bananas. Additionally, unripe bananas contain resistant starch, which your body cannot digest.
Together, these two forms of fiber may help to maintain a healthy blood sugar level following meals and aid with hunger regulation by delaying the emptying of your stomach.
Watermelon's high water content will help you stay hydrated — which benefits your overall health — while also satisfying your hunger.
Watermelon is packed with nutrients, including significant amounts of vitamins A and C. It also contains antioxidants such as lycopene and cucurbitacin E and phytochemicals that may help fight certain types of cancer.
In addition, both watermelons and bananas are naturally sweet so we don’t need to use any added sugar in this recipe.
Watermelon: For smoothies, we recommend using seedless watermelons to avoid being left with seed fragments in your drink. Although the seeds are safe to consume, they make the drink less appealing and palatable.
Banana: You can use any variety of bananas for this recipe; just be sure to use ripe ones.
Milk: We add whole milk to help blend the ice more easily and give the smoothie a richer flavor.
Chia Seeds: We garnish the smoothie with chia seeds to give it a more interesting texture. Stir in the chia seeds and enjoy their crunchiness as you drink your smoothie.
Mints: We love using spearmint leaves in our smoothies, but any other type of mint will suffice. We also recommend peppermint leaves as their refreshing flavor goes well with this pineapple kiwi smoothie.
Ice: We use ice, but you can leave it out and use frozen watermelon instead.
How to Cut Watermelon for Smoothie
If you buy a fresh watermelon and don’t know how to cut it, here’s a simple guide for you:
Clean the outer skin of the fruit using a dampened kitchen towel to wipe off any dirt or dust.
Place it horizontally on the cutting board and cut it in half using a sharp chef knife. Once the fruit is cut open, you should be able to see the flesh and the thickness of the rind. This will give you an estimate of how deep you should cut into the outer layer of the fruit when removing the rind later.
Place the flesh side of the watermelon on the cutting board to make it stand.
Cut along the outer skin of the watermelon to remove the thick rind.
Cut vertically straight down the watermelon to cut it in half, and then into quarters.
Lay the pieces of watermelon down on the cutting board horizontally and cut into chunks that fit your blender. Your watermelon is ready for the smoothie.
Knowing how to remove the rind and cut a watermelon is a useful skill that we think all home cooks should possess. That being said, if you don’t have the time to practice this skill, simply buy pre-cut watermelon chunks.
Can You Use Frozen Watermelon for This Smoothie?
Yes, you can.
Frozen fruits are great for smoothies as they keep the drink cold for longer and help thicken the drink.
If you freeze a whole tray of watermelon chunks, be sure to break them down before adding them to the blender. This will help them blend into small pieces more smoothly later.
How Long Does Watermelon Banana Smoothie Last?
Our watermelon banana smoothie will last for only a day in the fridge. In fact, we recommend drinking it within the first 2 hours for the best experience.
That being said, this is a rather thick smoothie so you can also freeze it in popsicle molds and enjoy it as a low-calorie, no-added-sugar ice pop as well.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
This smoothie is easy to make and perfect for a quick breakfast or snack.