Creamy Honey-Banana Recipe to Relieve Cold Symptoms
This creamy honey-banana recipe is a natural home remedy you can easily make at home. Furthermore, it’s very tasty (especially for those with a sweet tooth) and can relieve discomfort such as coughing and throat irritation.
Below we’ll share the recipe with you so you can prepare it at home and try it out.
Creamy honey-banana, a sweet remedy
According to data from the Spanish Nutrition Foundation (FEN), the banana is a food that not only contains fiber and potassium but also vitamin B6 and inulin.
On the other hand, it also contains inulin and other fructooligosaccharides not digestible by intestinal enzymes, which reach the final intestinal tract and have beneficial effects on intestinal transit.
Since vitamin B6 helps produce antibodies (which are necessary to fight many diseases), it contributes to the normal function of the nervous system. Among other things, it’s considered that the consumption of bananas or plantains if you have the flu, a cold, or a cough can be beneficial.
Besides being very versatile, the texture is very soothing to the throat, so it can be easily consumed in various ways, without experiencing discomfort.
When the banana is combined with food like honey, you can get an even smoother remedy. Now, what are the contributions of this additional ingredient?
Honey is one of the most potent antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial that nature has to offer. It’s considered a “superfood.” Honey is a significant source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes. It improves your body’s defense mechanisms and the presence of antibodies and can relieve cold symptoms.
It has therapeutic potential for various reasons, according to the experts of the Spanish Heart Foundation. For this reason, its use and consumption hasn’t been ruled out, but rather continues to be studied.
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Creamy honey-banana recipe
Honey and banana cream is very easy to prepare. You just have to have a couple of good bananas (preferably ripe), and some organic honey (since the one sold in the supermarkets has a lot of added sugar).
- 2 bananas
- 1/2 c. of honey
- 2 c. of boiling water
- First, peel two ripe bananas and place them in a container.
- Take a fork and spoon and use them to crush the fruit until you have a thick paste.
- Pour boiling water over the paste, cover it and let it soak for 30 minutes.
- Then, add the honey and eat.
How to eat it
- Eat one or two tablespoons of the hot cream, at most four times a day.
- Store in the refrigerator and eat within 3 days.
- Don’t add other sweeteners, such as stevia for example, as the cream itself is quite sweet.
- If you suffer from diabetes, it’s best to consult your doctor before starting to use this home remedy.
- You can add a touch of cinnamon powder to make it more aromatic.
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Some people say that in order to prepare this honey and banana cream at home, you must make sure to get fresh and 100% organic ingredients, so you can get greater benefits.
While this may be relevant in the case of honey (since commercial honey has a large amount of added sugars that alter the nutritional value of the product), in the case of bananas it isn’t so significant.
On the other hand, it should be noted this cream can be consumed at room temperature, either hot or cold. However, as a sore throat remedy it’s usually recommended hot, as it’s believed it can provide greater relief this way.
Last but not least: the preparation and consumption of this cream doesn’t replace medical treatment. Therefore, you should consume it only as a supplement, within a balanced diet.
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