How Many Calories Are in a Banana Smoothie?

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Every banana smoothie has just one ingredient in common – the fruit – so there’s plenty of room for variation. That means it’s hard to predict how many calories are in your drink. However, if you know the other ingredients and how big of a serving you’re having, that’s enough information to make an educated estimate.

Smoothie Nutrition

  • Some banana smoothies sold at cafes or grocery stores are healthy and low in calories – and some are just milkshakes in disguise. At one national drink chain, a high-protein banana smoothie has about 315 calories in a 20-ounce serving, which is equivalent to 2 1/2 cups. But, you could make a smoothie of the same size at home with one medium banana, 6 ounces of nonfat, plain Greek yogurt, cold water and crushed ice for just 205 calories.

Ingredient Info

  • Whole, natural ingredients are healthier and often lower in calories than some of the processed additives you might find in a commercial smoothie. A very small banana has just 70 calories, and a very big banana has about 135. By adding sugar, however, the calorie count of a drink can raise quickly. One tablespoon of granulated sugar has about 45 calories, and some prepared smoothies have almost 8 tablespoons of added sugar.

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