Go ape for bananas!

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By: Leanne Ely

 

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?

Today’s focus is on: BANANAS

You’d have a difficult time finding a home in North America without a bunch of bananas sitting on the counter.

Bananas are harvested all year long from trees, where they grow on the banana plant in clusters of 50–150 other bananas.

Delicious, nutritious, and so darn versatile, all wrapped up in their own biodegradable wrapper, there’s a lot to love about this sweet and creamy fruit.

Did you know that bananas are so loaded with potassium that they can help you balance out a sodium overdose? If you’ve gorged on Chinese food or something very salty, eat a banana and you’ll find yourself all fixed up in no time. That’s because each cell in your body has a little sodium/potassium pump inside, and there’s enough potassium in a banana to make things right.

Besides potassium, bananas are high in manganese, fiber, biotin, copper and vitamins B6 and C.

Bananas can be eaten as a snack or even tossed into a smoothie. Don’t go so bananas over bananas that you go overboard, though! They are still high in sugar and should be enjoyed in moderation. Stick with the little ones!

Now, it’s time for your Trick:

When your bananas are getting too ripe for your liking, peel them and toss them in a freezer bag. Then, when you need a banana for your smoothie or a batch of banana bread, you have lots at the ready!

Your Tip:

If you’re hungry for a banana and the ones on your counter are still green, wrap them in a paper bag with an apple and they’ll ripen up quicker.

And your Recipe:

Kiwi-Banana Smoothie
Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:
2 kiwi fruit, peeled and halved
1 banana, peeled and broken into chunks
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel 2 ice cubes
1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
2 scoops All-in-One Vanilla Smoothie Mix
1 scoop FiberMender

INSTRUCTIONS:
In a blender, process kiwi, banana, lime juice and lime peel and ice cubes until smooth. Add milk, All-in-One Smoothie Mix and FiberMender, processing for 10 to 20 seconds, scraping down the sides of the blender container with a rubber spatula.

Go get your Smoothie on! You’ll love our All-in-One Vanilla!

Banana-kiwi Smoothie-pic

0 Responses

  1. Great recipe..but wow! That is quite a bit of sugar!! Do we really need to always find that sweet replacement. It seems that the Paleo crowd that is not eating refined sugar, has to replace dishes with fruit to fix that “sweet-tooth” . Why not cleanse your body of all the roaming high glucose and lose that need for sugar and get it from healthy fats and healthy carbohydrates (veges of all sorts and low-sugar fruits). After a bit you will find all the wonderful natural sweetness in foods that don’t raise your sugar level. Once you get your body through that you will not have to worry about bloating, weight gain, and you will have stabile insulin and glucose levels. Thanks for such a great site-and the rant.

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