Today, I have a cool beverage recipe to share with you: A tasty shake, all aswirl (I know, I know, I made that word up, but doesn’t it sound great?) with sweet banana, aromatic coffee, potent cocoa, and rich peanut butter– quite a nutritious energy booster, and almost as good as a milkshake! (It’s fine, you can argue with me over that one. But try it first! ;) )
What you need:
- 2 large bananas, frozen
- Unsweetened (baking) cocoa
- Instant decaf coffee (the powdery kind works best, at least texture-wise)
- Peanut butter
- Yogurt, plain or coffee flavored
- Skim milk
What to do:
Place bananas and a handful of ice into blender, and give a generous pour of milk. Add two heaping tablespoons each of yogurt and peanut butter. (Maybe less yogurt if you don’t care for the tangy taste plain yogurt gives.) Sprinkle on two heaping spoons of the cocoa (don’t go overboard, it can be a bit bitter if too concentrated), and coffee. Make sure the powders get near the blades of the blender, to they can be evenly distributed.
Blend until silky, and divide into glasses.
A Health Note:
Bananas are high in potassium, which your nerves and muscles need to function properly. It supports digestive, kidney, and heart health, regulates blood pressure and helps build strong bones.
Cocoa is bursting with antioxidants, which protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules, and promotes heart health, and lowers risk of cancer, chas v’shalom.
Milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium. “The body needs calcium to maintain strong bones and to carry out many important functions. In addition to building bones and keeping them healthy, calcium helps our blood clot, nerves send messages, and muscles contract.”
Peanut butter is an abundant source of protein. Protein is found throughout the body—in muscle, bone, skin, hair, and virtually every other body part or tissue. It makes up the enzymes that power many chemical reactions and the hemoglobin, which is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body’s bloodstreams.
Some of coffee’s component can lower blood sugar, and coffee is a preventative for type 2 diabetes.
Isn’t it amazing, all the incredible health benefits Hashem invests in all of these creations, so that we may function healthily, as a good home for the neshama?!
Stay healthy, and enjoy!