Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Bananas are one of my favorite fruits, so I try to add them to everything! A breakfast I made for my hubby on-the-go is a whole wheat english muffin, natural peanut butter, and sliced banana. He loves it and its so easy to pack and take with you to work!

I recently added them to my plain oatmeal with cinnamon and vanilla...YUM!!! This will definately be a staple breakfast around here. I also have a love for Banana Bread (I will share my recipe with you soon) and a wonderful snack of banana with natural peanut butter!

Here are some fun facts on bananas:
1. A cluster of bananas is called a hand and consists of 10 to 20 bananas, which are known as fingers.
2. As bananas ripen, the starch in the fruit turns to sugar. Therefore, the riper the banana the sweeter it will taste.
3. Bananas are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber.
4. Bananas are America's #1 fruit.
5. Bananas are available all year-round. They are harvested every day of the year.
6. Bananas are great for athletic and fitness activity because they replenish necessary carbohydrates, glycogen and body fluids burned during exercise.
7. Bananas are one of the few fruits that ripen best off the plant.
8. Bananas have no fat, cholesterol or sodium.
9. In Eastern Africa you can buy banana beer. This beer is brewed from bananas.
10. Over 96% of American households purchase bananas at least once each month.

Why bananas are good for you

Bananas provide energy to help with working out, help prevent a number of illnesses and conditions, aid in the supportive treatment of depression (because it contains tryptophans), PMS, Anemia (high in iron), hypertension (low in sodium), constipation (high in fiber), and heartburn (natural antacid effect).

After all this, maybe it's really the banana a day that keeps the doctor away!

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