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Tanzanian Banana and Coconut Milk: A Stress-Relieving "Simple Saturday Sipper"

Posted Nov 28 2009 12:00am
Despite measures taken to remain calm and relaxed, such as not doing any shopping during Black Friday and hiding from all the crowds by hanging out and studying at home, I still woke up feeling tense and slightly worried and the feeling didn't go away all day. Whether it was the fact Christmas is fast approaching, or a few incomplete school assignments, or just stuff around the house that I wasn't getting done, I was stressed. I decided to pull out my "Drink to Your Health Book", all about "Delicious Juices, Teas, Soups, and Smoothies That Help You Look and Feel Great" to see if I could find something other than alcohol to take the edge off. The book notes that "Foods such as bananas, dates, figs, almonds, cashew nuts, coconut, avocado, mango and papaya all have a calming and strengthening effect on the nerves. Spices, including cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, and cloves, are great relievers of stress." There were several different recipes for drinks to relieve stress and anxiety, but the one that sounded the best was the Tanzanian Banana and Coconut Milk.

"Drink to Your Health" says, "Many recipes in Tanzania, including soups, stews, and desserts, are based on bananas and plantain and often combined with coconut. The mixture of the two sweet tastes in this recipe is wonderful. Both bananas and coconut are highly nutritious, rich in B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. They are strengthening, even rejuvenating and with the grounding and calming effect are ideal foods for relieving stress."

Tanzanian Banana and Coconut Milk
"Drink to Your Health", Anne McIntyre
(Makes 1-2 Servings)

3 ripe bananas
1 cup coconut milk
a little ground cinnamon

Place the bananas and coconut milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Sprinkle cinnamon on the top when serving. (I mixed mine in)

Notes/Results: Really good--creamy and comforting. The simple pairing of the banana and coconut with a touch of cinnamon is perfect. I used half water / half coconut milk to make it lighter, and it was still thick and delicious. Did it relieve all stress? Maybe not, but it was very relaxing to sip on (especially in one of my favorite "fishy glasses"), and with a Blueberry-Cranberry Granola Bar Muffin (more on that next week), it made a great lunch. I would make this one again.

What is your favorite stress reliever?
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