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Recharge those batteries: Express Breakfast

In Drinks, Under 30 min!, Vegetarian on October 17, 2008 at 11:28 am

Banana Milkshake

1 medium banana, sliced
1 C (about 200ml) medium-fat milk (I use 3% for everything), chilled
sugar to taste (optional)
1/2 t vanilla extract

Blend everything. Pour into a glass – I make mine in a cup using a hand-blender and drink straight from that. Garnish with a few pieces of sliced banana if desired.

This is a great way to start off your busy day. In these roughly 200 calories I have covered a lot of ground for my daily recommended intake of calcium, Vitamins A, most of the Bs, C, and D, Magnesium, Potassium, and only 6-7 grams of fat (daily recommendation for healthy people is 25 depends on your age, gender, height, and fitness. For me it is 50 grams* of fat)! Calculate your recommended fat intake. Never forget that some vitamins (A, D, E, and K) are fat soluble and can’t be absorbed unless there is some fat in your diet.

Power up your breakfasts.

* Remember that this includes all kinds of fats – butter and oils you can see in your food, as well as those that are invisible but present in all food and produce – and that all fats are not created equal!

  1. This is our breakfast on most days… I still prefer something else along with this πŸ™‚ but I love adding vanilla… even if it is just bush boake and allen!

    I had this 3 days in a row!
    I got lucky – Santa came early this year and I got a bottle of Mexican vanilla!

  2. I can have them separate! But nice to know that u finishup u’re breakfast with a blender and mug to cleanup afterwards!

    The hand-blender is perfect for shakes with least ‘pasara!’

  3. I’d make a smoothie with fat-free yogurt instead. Cos otherwise I would be levitating all day long. 😦

    And a good one that would be too! Even thicker and creamier feel!

  4. next on my to-buy list. a hand blender πŸ™‚

    Very handy indeed, Nags.

  5. yummy! tempting me to make one for me too.

    Did you?

  6. Perfect! I am going to have one right now! Need the energy today! Hugs!

    I bet you do, you multitasker! Keep up the good work – at work and on the blog!

  7. Yummy..banana milkshake is a favorite..adding vanilla essence is new to me..gonna try it out def!!

    Vanilla adds a wonderful note to it – you will love it!

  8. This is my all time fav drink. I add few raisins and then freeze it for some time then have it..

    Hmm – mixing some ice cream fun with it!

  9. That is a perfect way to start your mornings Anita. But by mid-morning lets say around 10.30 or so aren’t you hungry again without those carbs?

    With a couple of cups of tea thrown in, I manage to ride on this till lunch…

  10. Good way to start your day…btw i liked ur bucket!

    That container is what we fetch our milk in, from our friendly Mother Dairy booth, where a machine dispenses it – no plastics or other packaging needed!

  11. Ditto! I make this too, but freeze bananas before hand to give it a smoothie effect. Either way, I like it.

    Frozen bananas will also make this well chilled – cool!

  12. How much fat is there in 3% milk?

    …err…3%?! πŸ™‚ Which means 100gms of milk will have 3gms of fat…

  13. I so agree! I love banana milkshakes πŸ™‚ And the pics are gorgeous.

    Power to the banana!

  14. Err..the last comment was from us!

    Ah…another blog…. πŸ˜‰

  15. Oh god; more bananas. πŸ˜‰

    Yes, call upon Her! πŸ˜€

  16. Oh Goddess; she doth cooketh morth bananath. Thoon cometh morth pataterth.

    O Lord! Did your mother not teach you to not speak with your mouth full of bananas?

  17. Someone called?


    And there you are!

  18. I am always wondering what I can possibly do with the last two banana’s … this looks like a very delicious and filling option πŸ˜€ and considering the wee one leaves me such little time to fix a proper breakfast, it’s so perfect. Thanks, Anita!

    Oh yes, don’t I know about the last two bananas – there are a couple of other ways that I have found – in pancakes (mush to the disgust of the august company here), and ice cream!

  19. Madame Cha-parti: splendid breakfast concept! Quick, and nice shot of vitamins to start off the day, and I say! Exquisite taste in vanilla you have! (Makes up for your recent taste in deity.) πŸ™‚

    I knew you’d approve. Mostly. πŸ˜‰

  20. The ‘milk can’ reminded me of our times in Delhi & particularly the early morning visits to Mother dairy! Those tokens, quite like the 25 paise coins, standing in the queue in the cold, fumbling to get the container in place just as you put in the token…:)
    Even though we get packeted milk in Bombay, my mom carried this can when we moved and still has it!

    I hope the milk-can never goes away. It helps keep those (carbon) footprints smaller; a challenge when you live in the city. The benefit is passed on to the consumer – the same milk in a packet costs an additional Rupee.

  21. I’m sorry I’m responding late. I asked about the 3% milk thing because in US, we just have 1% and 2%…and 2% contains 22% fat and I think 1% contains 66% fat.
    So I was wondering where 3% fit in. Is it 100% fat?

    There is some major misunderstanding there… even butter is not 100% fat (it is 80% fat). Check here for milk fat numbers.

  22. Dude. 66% fat in 1% milk? No way.

    Per 8 oz of milk, it is:
    * Whole Milk – 150 Calories – 8g Fat
    * 2% Milk – 120 Calories – 4.5g Fat
    * 1% Milk – 100 Calories – 2.5g Fat
    * Skim Milk – 80 Calories – 0g Fat

    Whole milk is sometimes referred to 3.7% fat or even 4%, more than half of which is saturated fat. So yeah, 3% is almost full fat or whole milk.

    …and I’ll add – full fat milk does not mean 100% fat… only 3%.

  23. Gavar Go-pee, you are now cursed and shall never climb the corporate God ladder.

    O benevolent one – it is festive season! And he Go-pal, not Gopi…

  24. Mickey Mouse: by “percent” we mean: parts of one hundred. So, 3% means that in 100 parts, 3 are fat…97 parts are not fat. Our whole milk in the US is just above 3%…but really any strength of milk you desire can be used. For rich puddings I tend to seek out goat milk, which has an even higher fat content! Ghee or clarified butter is the closest one will ever come to 100% fat. And ’tis the season for it!

  25. Go-pal would make him my pal. No! He needs to relieve himself of all those toxins that have been building up and that wend their way here as hilarious sarcasm.

    I feel a scathing comeback making its way in my direction. I think I need to revert to being a mere mortal again.

  26. aha ..pancakes .. me likes very much! And considering AM is quite the pancake maestro πŸ˜‰ …

  27. The milk can makes me nostalgic!..Nice shake recipe..

  28. I can vouch for the banana ice-cream. Or there is always banana nut bread. Just saying.

  29. Subtle, TLO… I would also vouch for the ice cream. Funny how she links only to her own recipes! πŸ™‚ But yes TLO: scathing is the right word…and it was! And it was eaten up in the spam-muncher!

    But luckily, I saw the nibble coming (it didn’t show up), went back to that page (luckily it was still there. You might know how all that works. I’ve no clue), and copied-and-pasted it onto my notepad. πŸ˜€ And it would(‘ve) read as follows:

    Oh Srimati Meethanisha, for now I am content where I sit; no fear- your throne of finest porcelain would not be fitting for another! πŸ˜€

    Her curses actually work! Wow!
    What, you posted a banana recipe?

  30. It was scathing. Very. and I’ve tried like four times and keeps getting munched by the spam filter. 😦

    All said and done, you are a ‘pal…. so I rescued them comments.

  31. I love your pancake recipe Anita! πŸ˜€

    I know you do, Pel. It’s ‘Pal, the other one, calling upon God all ’cause I used a banana!!

  32. The throne you speak of, Sri Go-weary, it is the best seat in the house and I share it with no-one.

    Anita, you did what? πŸ˜€

    And Pel, since you lurve them pancakes so much, let’s see you make it with no substitutions and eat it, too. You know that video debut you were thinking of? This is it.

    You are not (spring) chicken – go on pick up the gauntlet, Pel…

  33. Oh dear.

    What?! Afraid?! Do it, I say!
    It is a very non-weird recipe, believe me. And that one throwing all the challenges – she the one who sent me that way. The recipe she sent a link for had bananas and cheese, and cayenne too… Only I couldn’t find it later…I’ll give Google a shot one more time.

    Ok…looks like not cheese, but you couldn’t tell the cheese anyway…

  34. I hate the terminology USDA uses for fat percentage. I googled and found out to my chagrin, that 1,2 and 3% are indeed what they say they are(i.e 1,2 or 3 out of 100 parts….no, I haven’t forgotten my math Pelicano πŸ™‚ ).
    I just asked because I remembered something about 2% being 66% and 1% being 33……so either my memory wasn’t serving me right or that article was misinformed.
    Anyhoo, thanks for replying back.

    You might have looked at stats that list nutrients in a certain quantity of a given food as part of Daily Recommended nutrition… πŸ™‚ In which case 1 C of 3% milk will still give you about 6% of your daily recommended fat intake.

  35. Mickey- Oh! I think I might know what you’re talking about now! (Takes a while to sink into my dense head at times…) 66% and 33% for 2% and 1% could be the calories from fat compared to the total calories. That makes sense, yeah. Fat is calorific… but we still need some every day (see Anita’s lovely link up above somewhere for computing daily recommended fat gram intake) to act as a vehicle for non-polar (fat-soluble) nutrients (like vitamins A,D,E…ooops, Anita said that already. K too? K too.) and also: oil/fat holds an important place in Desi cuisines because it disperses the essential oils in spices that are fried in it- many of which have healing/restorative powers in Ayurvedic; plus: some of these oils retard spoilage in food, and also they just taste good! But everything in moderation of course… unless it’s your birthday month. πŸ˜‰

    You could be speaking for me…

  36. Woops! When you have a minute Anita could you stop my italics after “calories” on the previous comment and then delete this comment so I don’t look foolish, and also whip up a batch of kadhi alu-pakora wala and send it by rush delivery? πŸ™‚


    (last time I do this, pal).

    Well tried. Fat chance.

  37. And some rice.

    Right. Of course.

  38. I *so* did not send you a link to that recipe. I told you about the JoC recipe, I did. Emeril is really annoying – what with his bam!s and how he keeps licking spit off his chops. Ewww.

    Markets do not exist as of today. It’s not even Black Friday – it’s blackhole Friday.

  39. Needed a comment edited, did ya? Looks like you used your last lifeline with her. Twiddle-dum…twiddle-dee…know who else can do that fer ya? Yah. Yup. You guessed it. Totally. Not a mere mortal. Nope. Just God.

    And, Flamingo, while you’re dispensing all that info, please also explain why we need so much fat in this banana milkshake? You know, like 3% cholesterol-laden fat which is almost as good as whole milk fat?

    Oh. come now. πŸ™„ We can all handle 3 gms of fat, only 1.5 gms of which is saturated. So much fat?!

  40. 3? 3? I believe it is 6.

    Oh, Jonathan, I do believe it is not Mickey but someone else who needs Math lessons.

    Oh, alright. 6 then. I was imagining in 100ml…but a cup is more. Like twice as much more.

  41. Who’s Flamingo? Who’s Jonathan? Why are people and fat grams appearing and disappearing? And where’s the Mickey Mouse Club? This is madness…

    What’s the admission price? πŸ™‚

  42. No…don’t say it! I don’t wanna know. πŸ˜‰

  43. I think it’s time to bring out the ketchup.

    Don’t see anything yet….

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