February 21, 2012

Go Bananas!

Tricks, Tips and a Recipe
Go Bananas!

By: Leanne Ely C.N.C

Happy Tuesday, Y’all!

It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a tip, a trick and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh?

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Today’s focus is on: BANANAS

Did you know that bananas are actually berries from a large tropical herb? Oh yes indeed! Bananas are healthy, loaded with potassium and will correct a night of too much sodium. If I eat Chinese the night before and wake up with puffy eyes, I’ll eat a banana and by lunchtime, I’m normal. Why? There is a little sodium/potassium pump in each one of your cells. So you eat the banana and you even things out a bit. Cool huh?








And here’s a TIP:

To speed ripening, store them in a brown paper bag. To delay ripening, store you ‘naners in the fridge. Ta da!

And a TRICK:

Over ripe? Don’t throw them out! Peel and store in a freezer bag in the freezer. Now you have the beginnings of banana-deliciousness in the form of smoothies, muffins, pancakes, banana bread…name it! I’ve ALWAYS got some frozen bananas in my freezer!

And your RECIPE:

Jamaican Style Nutty Chicken
Serves 6

6 (6-oz.) boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (6-oz.) can orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 bay leaf
Juice of small lime
3 firm ripe bananas, thinly sliced
1/2 cup roasted almonds

Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Brown chicken on both sides in butter in skillet over medium heat. Reduce to low and add 1/2 cup water, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, orange juice and bay leaf. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes (turn chicken once while cooking). Remove chicken and keep warm. Bring liquid to a boil over high heat for 5minutes, constantly stirring. Stir in lime juice and bananas; heat gently. Place chicken on serving dish, top with sauce and sprinkle with nuts.

Per Serving: 355 Calories; 12g Fat; 43g Protein; 20g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 104mg Cholesterol; 427mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 6 Lean Meat; 1 Fruit; 1 1/2 Fat. Points: 9

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli would round this meal out nicely.