Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Yummmm! Banana Shake & Cookies

I’m a very busy person, so I don’t always have time to make myself healthy snacks. However, I have mastered one snack that takes about two minutes to make, and it’s perfect for in the morning, evening, after work, before a workout, or post-workout. The oh-so-simple homemade banana shake prepared in my amazingly-awesome blender.

All I did was break apart two bananas, add about one and a half cups of skim milk into the blender, along with four large pieces of ice. I crushed the ice and mixed the content and voilĂ ! I have a quick shake (for here or to go), and it’s healthy. Plus, it costs the equivalent of 23 cents (rough guesstimate.)

Self Magazine, one of my favorite magazines of the health and wellness genre, provided me with some nutritional data on bananas. One cup of mashed bananas (I added about a cup and a half to two cups) is equal to one gram of fat, 2mg of sodium, 51g of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 28 grams of sodium, and 2 grams of protein. Add that in with about one cup or two cups of skim milk (5mg of cholesterol, 8 grams of protein, yahtta-yahtta-yahtta) and you have yourself a healthy and quick shake. You can also add other ingredients, but be careful of what you add—you want to keep the shake healthy! Happy shake making! Drinking this makes up for these delicious chocolate chip cookies I’m making right now…doesn’t it?

Samantha Nichole