Last night I wanted a little bedtime snack, nothing too sweet or filling so I put together some Banana Milk. I put some almond milk in my Vitamix and added some frozen bananas, potato starch, and a shot of vanilla. OMG! This was amazing! It was completely unplanned and I didn’t expect it to be as great as it was. I really didn’t expect to be sharing it with you today.
I like to keep the foods that I eat as clean as possible. Almond milk is one of those items that can be really good for you or really bad for you depending on what brand you buy. I love Elmhurst Almond Milk. It has just 2 ingredients: water and almonds.
Elmhurst Almond Milk is also Non- GMO. So many brands of almond milk contain ingredients that can cause tummy issues like bloating and diarrhea. Or contain lots of sugar, emulsifiers, or gums. Carrageenan is often in nut milk and is known to cause inflammation, bloating, and digestive problems in those with sensitive stomachs. The fewer ingredients in your food the better it is for you.
Almond milk is a great way to get healthy fats into our diets. And according to webmd.com, one serving of almond milk provides 50 percent of your daily vitamin E needs. If you buy unsweetened almond milk it is very low in calories, has no sugar, and is naturally dairy-free. So if you’re watching your waistline this is a plus for you.
Do you freeze your bananas?
How many bananas do you throw away in your household? Some weeks we just can’t eat all of the bananas we buy and they go bad and we’d end up throwing them away. I decided to stop the waste and now when my bananas start to get a few brown spots I peel them, cut them into small pieces, and store in a ziplock freezer bag in my freezer. This way I always have bananas ready for a smoothie, ice cream, or banana milk.
Did you know bananas can help you relax? This makes them a great evening snack. Bananas contain potassium, magnesium, and B6 which are great muscle relaxers. They also contain the amino acid L-tryptophan which turns into serotonin and melatonin which may help promote healthy night’s sleep.
I have recently discovered the benefits of potato starch. Potato starch is a resistant starch and has many gut-healing benefits. Resistant starches help with weight loss, lowers blood sugar levels, can reduce cholesterol, feeds the healthy bacteria in your gut and it can even reduce inflammation from IBS.
Resistant starches need to be eaten cold or they have no benefits. Some resistant starches are rice, banana flour, green bananas, potato starch, and legumes.
I add a tablespoon of potato starch to my morning smoothie and love how it keeps me full all morning. I also add it to an evening glass of water. If you decide to try potato starch start small and work your way up to a full tablespoon. It can cause bloating if you add it too quickly. I got busy and over a few days didn’t have any starch in my smoothie and I noticed how bloated I because it works for me!
So as you can see Banana Milk is a healthy addition to your night time routine!
Banana MilkCourse: Drinks
- Add all ingredient sot a blender and blend until combined.
- If you prefer to use another nut milk that will work great too.
- You can sub the vanilla for maple syrup if you prefer
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