This is not a Milk Shake

It’s even better than that. This is a coconut milk*, banana, honey, olive oil and walnut shake.  AND IT’S REALLY GOOD FOR YOU!

You can leave out the banana if you want to or actually any of the other ingredients. But I’m making an argument for the health benefits of all the components and that’s why I decided to write this post. I also decided to write this because I don’t have “sweets” in my diet, per se. So, this is a refreshing change from the sweetness that I get in my daily fruit. My shake is a new guilty pleasure.

Last evening after reading about the health benefits of olive oil and honey in an article by Amy Capetta on AOL health**, I hopped up out of bed at 12 a.m. and made a little shake in the blender with coconut milk, honey and a little bit of olive oil. That read is what inspired this post. The olive oil makes the drink “fluffy” and it doesn’t taste “olive oil-ish”.

Amy’s article stated that olive oil and honey both have polyphenols (antioxidants) in them and that those act as anti fungal and anti bacterial agents in out bodies. I don’t know why, but this concept really appealed to me and it sounded like I should drink some of that up right away, so I did! And I’ll continue to do so.

The coconut milk has 45% DV of calcium versus only 30% for 8 ounces of 2% milk. You all may know by now that I am not a fan of cow’s milk for human consumption. It also has 90 calories vs 120 in the 2% milk, and fewer sugars. I don’t worry about fat content, ever. We all need good fats. I also don’t let my little panties get in a wad about the cholesterol in foods, but more on that later.

According to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition walnuts lower blood pressure. To quote: “After eating 18 walnut halves and taking one tablespoon of walnut oil daily for six weeks, study participants had lower blood pressure when exposed to stressors than participants who did not consume walnuts and walnut oil. Healthful omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts are likely responsible for lowering the body’s stress response.”

We all know the benefits of the potassium in bananas. The banana also makes the shake really creamy. Plus, the flavor of the banana and the coconut milk compliment each other. (“Gee, you’re looking good today” and “So are you, white’s your color!”) Sometimes I think that foods that are the same colors compliment one and other taste-wise. Like the other day I used macadamia nuts instead of walnuts — all of the white foods went together really well. But I digress.

The next post will be related to making good choices as related to the id, the ego and the super-ego.

Cheers to your health!

With love, Katz

*The specific coconut milk that I am CRAZY about is made by Silk and it’s called “PureCoconut tm”(all natural coconutmilk)  vanilla flavored. It is in 1/2 gallon containers near the almond milk in the milk.

**This article was by Amy Capetta on AOL health titled: “Beauty boosters: 6 natural ways to look amazing for years”. For the full article visit this link:  http://www.aolhealth.com/2011/02/11/beauty-boosters-6-natural-ways-to-look-amazing-for-years/?icid=maing%7Cmain5%7Cdl7%7Csec3_lnk3%7C45490&a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

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