It’s turned back to winter here in Virginia, after a week of over 70 degree days. I was getting a little spoiled. I’m a little glad for the cold weather today (only a little) because it gives me a chance to try out this Hot Banana Bread Drink.
It’s thick, smooth, creamy, sweet, satiating, infused with warm spices – this drink has it all. And it’s not a frivolous treat. It’s packed with plenty of health-promoting nutrients, so there’s no need to feel guilty. Here’s why:
Walnuts. These guys are packed with good fats like omega-3 fatty acids, which the body uses to reduce inflammation, prevent blood clotting, regulate insulin and promote heart health. The ample presence of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in walnuts make them an anti-cancer food, too.
Bananas. The electrolyte potassium, found in bananas, is an important nutrient for nerve transmission and muscle contraction, as well as for regulating water balance in the body. Bananas are also a good source of Vitamin C, fiber and Vitamin B6 (which is involved in more than 100 enzymatic reactions in the body and decreases the risk of inflammation). Pick bananas that have lots brown spots on them, as this means the starches have turned to sugars. They’ll be easier to digest and won’t give you a stomach ache.
Dates. Like bananas, dates contain potassium and are an excellent source of fiber. They’ve also got minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium, as well as plenty of B vitamins to help with energy.
Cinnamon. Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, a potent anti-inflammatory phytonutrient, plus it’s anti-microbial, helps control blood sugar and boosts brain function. And it’s got manganese, calcium, iron and fiber.
3/4 cup hot water
1 peeled ripe banana
2 tablespoons chopped raw walnuts
2 pitted dates
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 inch knob fresh ginger
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!