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Banana Milk | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Jun. 26. 2014
Beverages

Banana Milk

Jun. 26. 2014
Beverages
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Dietitian, Founder and CEO

Bananas + water = Banana Milk. Technically this isn’t a “milk”, but it tastes really good.

Banana Milk can be used exactly as you would use regular milk but in a non-dairy fashion and with more ease than making your own nut milks.

Banana Milk takes less than 5 minutes to make, which is perfect if you’re on the go and want to add a couple nutrient-dense foods to the mix to make it more satiating and calorically dense. Banana Milk is creamy, frothy, refreshing, filling and a great alternative to squeezing a little more nutrient density into your diet.

Why Use Banana Milk?

To switch things up a bit! Homemade nut milk is great, but sometimes you want something a little more sweet and rich in potassium.

Bananas are not just rich sources of potassium like most of us initially think of, they also contain manganese, copper, vitamin B6, and pectin which is a type of fiber that may help heal some digestive issues like stomach ulcers and overall improve bowel movements/regularity.

Essentially Banana Milk is similar to you eating a banana, but you’re playing with bananas natural creamy characteristics that create a foamy and frothy milk when blended with water and a dash of cinnamon.

I love adding cinnamon to the mix, but if cinnamon isn’t your thing you can leave it out. Cinnamon is great to use in conjunction with fruits and other carbohydrate-rich foods because of its impacts on helping control our blood sugars, and it simply tastes great.

Just because bananas are a whole food, doesn’t mean it’s a free for all. Bananas are amazing fruits, but let’s also be mindful that for most of us, having more than 1 banana in the mix may give you a little more calories and carbohydrates than your body need- again this is different with all of our metabolisms, digestion, and of course activity level.

It also matters in the grand scheme of things in the day and even the week with how many carbohydrates your body needs (p.s. if you’re still unsure what this might be, send me an email for a quick consultation.

You can easily use Banana Milk poured in cereal, in oatmeal, or enjoy plain; try blending a couple of these suggestions to your Banana Milk to make it a bit more caloric dense or “balanced” if you choose to drink it solo. Here are some other ways to spruce up Banana Milk:

How To Use Banana Milk

Try adding the following to Banana Milk for a nutrient boost.

  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder
  • 1/4-1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon of chia or flax seed, ground
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, honey, or 1-2 dates to sweeten more

 

 

The Recipe

Serves 1

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Ingredients

1 medium banana (may use a frozen banana to keep it cold)

1 cup filtered water

dash of cinnamon

pinch of sea salt

ice, optional

 

Instructions

Step 1

Simply blend in a high-speed blender until creamy. You may adjust the water to make this thicker or thinner by using less or more water, respectively.

Enjoy immediately!

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