Bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium and manganese along with vitamin B6, vitamin C, riboflavin and folate. According to a study conducted by the Kasturba Medical College, eating just two ripe bananas a day can reduce your blood pressure by 10%. Not only that, but bananas also feed the good bacteria in your gut. Keep the good bacteria in your gut healthy, and you’ll be healthy too.
But eating just a banana can be boring and unadventurous. That’s why I developed my very own Creamy Banana Soup to not only help my blood pressure health, but also satisfy my appetite and source of food adventure.
This recipe not only taste great, but is full of protein, vitamins and minerals beneficial to your health. Let’s look at some of the ingredients, and how they can improve your health, and satisfy your food cravings.
I added organic tofu to make this soup creamy. An added advantage of tofu is that it’s a great source of vegetable protein. And according to WebMD, foods high in protein help people control their appetites and calorie intake.
To give that satisfying taste of fat, I added canola oil. And yes, adding a healthy oil like canola does have beneficial health effects. Researchers at Penn State have stated consuming canola oil daily for four weeks can lower belly fat by 1.6%. You get that creamy satisfying taste of fat, while reducing your belly fat. This is a win-win recipe.
I then added ground flaxseed. Not only is this seed high in healthy vegetarian sourced omega-3 fatty acids, but it’s also high in dietary fiber. And according to WebMD, ground flaxseeds are high in a potent antioxidant called lignans. It has protective effects against cancers, including breast, prostate and colon cancers. Studies also indicate it lowers your risks of type-2 diabetes and heart disease.
Who doesn’t like a touch of cinnamon? Most people know cinnamon can help control blood sugar levels. But did you know that the scent of cinnamon can help improve your working memory, and your brain’s visual-motor speed? Eat cinnamon, and be able to quickly remember where you put those car keys.
Without further ado, here is my recipe for Creamy Banana Soup:
1 ripe banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground flax seed
1 tablespoon canola oil
½ serving tofu slice
Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree until you get a creamy, smooth texture. Chill and serve for 1 serving of this delicious Creamy Banana Soup.
You’ll find that the banana provides sufficient sweetness, so there’s not need to add sweetener. Eat well and live long.