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It’s Snack Week!

on February 13, 2012

I’m a snacker.  I eat pretty healthy meals but snacking is my downfall. I have written about snacking before and it seems to be a hot topic with a lot of people so let’s dedicate a whole week to those in-between meal treats that can add up both in calories and/or sugar and salt.

What is the best snack?

BANANAS!

Bananas are  loaded with Resistant Starch (RS), a healthy carb that fills you up and helps to boost your metabolism. Slightly underripe medium-sized bananas have 12.5 grams of RS-more than most other foods. Ripe bananas give you 4.7 grams of RS, still enough to keep hunger pangs away.

Other reasons to pack this handy snack in your lunchbag:

Research has proven that just two of them provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder this great fruit is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way it can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating one. This is because they contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, they can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: The banaba is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed this fruit’s industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power:  Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert. A banana is MUCH better than a Red Bull or No-Doz!

Constipation: High in fiber, including them in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

I love bananas and eat at least 1 if not  more everyday,  my preferred recipe is “peel and eat”  but there are other ways to enjoy bananas as well.

A big favorite of mine is banana ice cream.  Peel, slice, and freeze 1 small banana. Place frozen banana pieces in a blender and blend until thick. Check out this link for more.  https://changeyourchoices.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/an-amazing-ice-cream-recipe/

Feel free to add vanilla, nuts, etc. to your ice cream.

Another favorite is Banana Salsa Make a quick salsa with 2 diced peeled bananas, 2 tablespoons minced red onion, 1 tablespoon minced cilantro, 1 teaspoon minced serrano or jalepeno pepper, juice of 1 lime, and brown sugar and salt to taste. Use it to top fish or pork tacos, jerk chicken, or jerk pork. This is surprisingly good and easy to make.

For obvious reasons. we won’t be talking about banana cream pie and banana bread!

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