Banana is a perennial herbaceous plant that grows in humid, tropical zones. It is one of the most loved tropical fruit and is thought to be originated in the Southeast Asia. Today, banana is probably one of the most widely cultivated crops in the tropical and subtropical regions.
Banana milk is one of those preparations that everyone loves, regardless of age or taste preferences. However, due to the general perception of “its sweet…must be unhealthy”, its fan following is relatively low! Banana milk can make an awesome substitute for milk, rather better than milk! There are many alternatives to milk like soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk etc and banana milk comes at the top having known its nutritional properties.
HERE’S HOW TO MAKE BANANA MILK:
You will need:
- 1 frozen banana,
- 1 cup water,
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- and a pinch salt.
Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy. You can also add, honey, dates, ground chia or flax seed or soaked oats to make banana-oat milk.
Banana is rich in potassium as a result it helps the body-circulatory system to deliver oxygen to the brain. It also helps the body to maintain a regular heart beat and a proper water-balance. As Potassium enhances the efficiency of the circulatory system it reduces the possibility of strokes and helps the steady regulation of blood pressure. Potassium in bananas also helps to prevent the post exercise muscle cramps.
Most of us don’t get nearly enough fibre in our diets. Fibre is needed to help food travel smoothly through the digestive tract. It also improves your bowel movements. Bananas are a great source of dietary fibre. A glass of banana milk is a better choice than taking a laxative to treat occasional constipation.
Bananas have a unique blend of vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates that provide a quick supply of natural energy. In addition, bananas have a healthier blend of three natural sugars- glucose, sucrose and fructose. The combination of these sugars have great energy potential.
If you are looking for a food that can help you lose weight, bananas are a perfect choice. They are low in fat while high in fibre and vitamins. The dietary fibre in bananas absorbs water and takes up a lot of space in your stomach, thereby keeping you feeling full for longer time period. Substitute your morning tea/milk with banana milk. You could also add banana milk in various fruit juices and blends to make a smoothie!
Banana milk is iron rich therefore people suffering from iron deficiency can help themselves through regular consumption of banana milk. Iron promotes the production of haemoglobin which helps blood to clot faster in case of a cut or serious injury.