Going Bananas!

Super Fruit of the Month: Banana

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I am going BANANAS! I am super in love with this fruit and as a matter fact I believe the saying has been re-written (at least for me) “ A Banana a day keeps the doctor away”

I do indeed have one (sometimes two) bananas everyday! Why? Because bananas are the energy bars from nature. Packed with approx 467mg of potassium, bananas provide a powerful protection to the cardiovascular system. Regular consumption of the potassium-packed fruit helps guard against high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and stroke. Bananas also contain tryptophan, serotonin and norepinephrine, which help prevent depression while encouraging feelings of well-being and relaxation.

In addition, the vitamin B6 in bananas helps protect against sleeplessness, mood swings and irritability. Hence this is why I declare them (for me) the super fruit of the month!

Some people are scared of bananas because of their high sugar content, but as I say everything in moderation, you would have to eat a hell of a lot of sugar from other sources plus many bananas for this to be an issue. And you probably already consume more sugar on that coffee anyway! Oh and on that potassium “overdose” some talk about? You could eat one banana per minute for one whole day and still be fine, so don’t panic. You can have your banana.

So what else can I do with a banana? (food wise people)

Simple Banana Pancakes

2 eggs

1 banana

Smash, mix. Add some cinnamon if you wish and cook as you would cook a regular pancake. Bang! Healthy breakfast is served!

Banalicious Smoothie

1 banana

1 tablespoon of peanut butter

Almond milk and ice

A handful of clean spinach.

Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve and enjoy!

Banana Berry Ice “cream”

1 frozen banana (freeze without the peel otherwise it can get tricky)

A handful of blackberries

Food processor. Mix until all blended, add a little of almond milk if it is too solid. And there! You have an “ice-cream” without the cream. All natural and deliciously healthy. You can find a picture of this on my Instagram! My kid loves it!

Save the peels too! Even banana peels are useful. Apply the inside of a banana peel to pimples to naturally dry out these skin blemishes. Also, banana peels make a wonderful fertilizer, particularly for roses… is that spring knocking at your door I hear?

Still not convinced? Read more about Bananas at Food Matters. http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas

The veredic?

The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin B6.

The bad: A large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars and carbs. But good carbs are needed specially if you are training/working out.

banana

93%

3%

4%

Carbs

Fats

Protein

-115
moderately inflammatory

ESTIMATED GLYCEMIC LOAD™ Glycemic load is a way of expressing a food or meal’s effect on blood-sugar levels. Nutrition Data’s patent-pending Estimated Glycemic Load™ (eGL) is available for every food in the database as well as for custom foods, meals, and recipes in your Pantry.

How to interpret the values: Experts vary on their recommendations for what your total glycemic load should be each day. A typical target for total Estimated Glycemic Load is 100 or less per day. If you have diabetes or metabolic syndrome, you might want to aim a little lower. If you are not overweight and are physically active, a little higher is acceptable.
Read more about the eGL
Read More http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1846/2#ixzz2qVFBkAXS

 

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