This banana smoothie recipe was made in partnership with Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walgreens. I created the recipe and was compensated for it. All opinions are mine alone.
I’m going to share my banana nut smoothie recipe with you in just a minute, but first I want to share some really great news with you!
Many of you know that I’ve spent the past year working on achieving my health goals. I fell a little short of meeting my goal to lose 50 pounds by my 50th birthday, but I’m proud of myself for managing to lose the 30 that I did.
Weight management is a struggle for me, and these last 20 pounds are giving me a run for my money. I’m determined, so I’m pulling some extra punches to get to my goal weight by the end of the year. Tracking daily activities is one way to do that, and it’s been made so much easier thanks to the Walgreens Balance Rewards program.
Keeping a log of the foods I eat every day is one way I keep my goals in check. I use the Lose It site and phone app to log my food intake, but it’s equally important to stay hydrated, monitor my weight, and monitor how many steps I walk each day. When I found out that Walgreens would reward me for logging those things through an app on my phone, I was nearly giddy. I mean, seriously… they’re going to reward me for exercising and for managing my weight? I was all in for that! To start earning #BalanceRewards, you need to register for the Walgreens Balance Rewards program. I did that last month, which is how I saved so much money on the ingredients I needed for my easy (and VERY popular) clam chowder recipe.
After the rewards I earned for making purchases, it cost me less than $5 for all of the ingredients I needed to make enough soup to feed 6 people. Cool, huh? Download the phone app for your phone and get registered. It’s so worth it!
When I shopped this time, I noticed a clearance section filled with general wellness products and some healthy snacks. I picked up a box of Slim Fast snack bars at a super cheap price, along with some bottled water and some fiber tablets. It’s sort of embarrassing to admit that I need more fiber in my diet, but facts are facts…
To quickly summarize, the Walgreens Balance Rewards program gives you reward points for purchases you make online and in person at the store. When you reach a certain threshold, you get a monetary reward, redeemable at 5 dollars for 5,000 Balance Rewards Points. The difference between the Walgreens Balance Rewards program and other similar rewards programs is that this one will actually give you points for participating in activities that are good for your overall health and wellness. How awesome is that?!
Anyway, once you reach the 5,000 point threshold, you can use the rewards for almost anything you need from the store, but especially for things that will make your life happier and healthier. Ooo, I just got that Walgreens motto stuck in my head…At the corner of happy and healthy!
The Walgreens location that’s closest to my apartment is just a mile away, so when I walked down there to get some bottled water and the nuts I needed for today’s banana nut smoothie recipe, I decided to get some more details about what the program would offer me for staying healthy. As soon as I walked into the store, I pulled out my phone and fired up the Walgreens app. Just for logging in, I earned 10 Balance Rewards points. I found out that I could link up my FitBit to it for tracking my steps, so I did that when I got home and earned another 250 points! Logging my initial weight goal earned me another 250 points, and weighing in daily gives me 20 points. You can imagine how quickly the rewards add up, especially when you’re earning points for making purchases at the store, too.
You earn 20 points for each mile you walk, run or cycle, 20 points per logged weigh-in, 20 points per logged blood glucose or blood pressure reading, and 20 points for logging other healthy activities (like biking or swimming). You can view the various ways to earn points for wellness and healthy choices on the Walgreens website.
Here’s a quick shot of what the main menu of the phone app looks like.
I don’t think I’ve ever come across an app that lets you open a live chat with a pharmacist before. That’s a pretty awesome feature, especially for anyone who travels a lot. I like the familiarity of having the same pharmacist answer all of my questions, but there are times when that’s just not feasible. This could really help with that. Oh, and how awesome is that pill reminder? It’s a great way to make sure that I’m taking my multivitamin every morning.
Back to the nutty banana smoothie …
The smoothie that I made was the perfect lunch sidekick with a Pure Protein granola bar. Super easy, super quick, and incredibly filling.
Oh, and don’t be alarmed that my banana smoothie is green. That’s just because I tossed in a handful of kale that needed to be used up. I’m always doing things to make sure that I get my daily intake of veggies, but it wasn’t a primary component in the nutty banana smoothie, so I’m leaving it out of the ingredient list.
Suffice it to say, if you make one a banana smoothie like this one, yours will be a nice light almond color. It’ll have a kick of banana and nutty goodness from the almonds. Which, by the way, are one of the healthiest nuts you can eat. They’re loaded with protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
Another delicious and healthy smoothie that you might also want to check out is my blueberry almond smoothie recipe.
What are your favorite ways to stay healthy? I’d love to hear about the healthy choices you’re making in your life. Just leave me a comment at the bottom of this post.
Please let me know what you think of this banana smoothie recipe, too.
Nutty Banana Smoothie
- 1 medium sized ripe banana peeled
- 1/2 cup non-fat plain or vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Stonyfield vanilla)
- 2 Tablespoons almond meal or 6 whole almonds
- 1/3 liquid cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or water)
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients into the bowl of a high speed blender.
- Put lid onto the bowl and blend at high speed until all ingredients are well blended and creamy.
- For a thinner consistency, add more almond milk or water, 1 tablespoon at a time. For a thicker consistency, add more ice cubes, one at a time.
Thank you for this opportunity, #CollectiveBias!