Forget the fatty creamers! Instead, trick out your coffee with something way more wholesome: banana milk.
While this time of year calls for coffees spiked with peppermint mocha and pumpkin spice, we prefer to wake up to a latte that won’t derail our diets. Teeming with natural sugars and chock-full of potassium, banana milk coffee totally fits the bill. And rather than the slew of unpronounceable ingredients found in many flavored lattes, this simple recipe is created with only five ingredients.
To make one, blend an overripe banana with a splash of milk, water, and simple syrup, and then top off your cold brew with it. (Since the fruit is already pretty sweet, we prefer to skip the simple syrup.) This yummy caffeinated combo sans simple syrup will cost you about 130 calories. Considering a tall PSL with 2 percent milk boasts 240 calories, this is a pretty good deal for folks who love their fancy coffee treats!
J+B Design and Café, a mom and pop shop in Brooklyn, New York, started the trend that’s now popping up all over Pinterest and Instagram. And it’s no wonder java lovers are raving about it. The fruit-based drink is decadent and perfectly sweet, which balances out the coffee’s acidity without overwhelming the palate. Starting your day with this drink can nix those pancake cravings and help you inch closer to the daily potassium quota, which only 3 of every 1,000 Americans regularly achieve. And as you may have suspected, that's exactly good news.
“[Potassium plays] a key role in hydrating in our muscles and tissues, which aids muscle contraction and relaxation. It's also crucial for muscle health and recovery,” explains Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN.
That’s why we suggest brewing a cup of the stuff before or after a workout. Looking for even more delicious ways to sip your new favorite milk? Add it to your breakfast smoothies or overnight oats. Yum!