Leave My Banana Alone

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To all you banana bashers out there. Stop it, cut it out, leave my banana alone. Go pick on some other poor defenseless fruit . The banana is actually on the good guy team when it comes to a healthy and balanced diet.  A delicious banana is the first thing that I eat every morning and I always have one before a run or workout.  Here comes some pretty good reasons why you should eat them too. bananas

Bananas

  • good source of potassium, dietary fibre, manganese and vitamins B6 and C

  • perfect nutrient dense power food

  • great for physical activity and increased energy with a combination of carbs, simple sugars  and potassium

  • naturally free from fat, cholesterol and sodium

  • pre-packaged by nature and easy to transport

  • monkeys eat them, and if you haven’t noticed, monkeys are pretty high energy and in great shape

  • one medium banana is only about 100 calories

Brief History

Possibly the most popular fruit in the world, the banana dates back over four thousand years, predating even the Big Mac and The Colonel’s secret chicken recipe (it must be doing something right) . Thought to have originated in big macMalaysia, bananas made their way to India and were written about as early as 327 BC by Alexander The Great. They were eventually brought to Europe by the Portuguese and then to the Americas by the Spanish.  Due to its fragile nature, the banana did not become widely available in the United States until the development of rapid transport in the late 19th century. Today, bananas are grown mostly in Costa Rica,  Mexico, Ecuador and Brazil.

Health Benefits

  • Because they are high in fibre, bananas can regulate and improve your digestive system.

  • According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The high potassium and low sodium levels in bananas are a great combination for preventing high blood pressure and reducing your risk of stroke.

  • They have  a high level of antioxidant phenolic compounds which help protect the kidneys.

  • Eating bananas in combination with other fruits (at least three servings a day) can help promote better eyesight.banana nutrition

But wait, there’s more.  Bananas can actually make you feel happier.  They contain Tryptophan which is an amino acid that the body converts into Serotonin that is known to promote relaxation and improve mood.

In addition to being a tasty and trustworthy fruit, the word banana itself has become a part of North American culture and is used in a number of different ways.  We need the banana folks, can you imagine working at a job with no “top banana”? Without a leader, your workplace would be chaotic and disorganized. Where would we be if we couldn’t use the term “bananas” to describe someone who is bonkers, crazy and deranged?  It drives me “bananas” to even think about it.

The banana, a great fruit and a great word ladies and gentlemen.  Do not listen to those who would malign its goodness, and to them I say “please, please, leave my banana alone.”

Heres a great after workout protein blast smoothie.

2 whole bananas sliced, 2 oz protein powder,

drink-220201_640[1]3 oz non fat yogurt,

¼ cup pineapple juice and ¼ cup orange juice.  

Blend and Enjoy

 

Day off?  Add some rum, phone some friends and repeat blending process often.

Have a great day and leave comments or suggestions below.

Thanks, Don

   

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