Can you really have too many bananas?
The world is ditching sugar, but does that mean we have to ditch our favorite fruits too?
Before we ditch fruit, let's look at some of the healthiest folks in the world. It looks like the majority centenarians, a whopping 95%, share something in common and that something is a plant-based diet. Studies regarding eating for longevity, and healthy diets in general, all seem to promote fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy way of eating.
87% of Americans don't nearly meet the recommended intake of vegetables and fruits and sadly, that means most of us don't eat near enough fruits and vegetables in a day. So before you ditch the fruit, maybe try ditching the packaged, processed and artificial foods first... looking at you frappachinos and doughnuts.
When life hands you too many bananas...
I'm currently up to my ears in bananas. My hubby wanted to make sure we had plenty of healthy hurricane snacks including several bunches of bananas. Fortunately, we were blessed to make it though Hurricane Irma just fine, but now we have a lot of "hurricane snacks" to get through - especially bananas!
So in addition to nice cream, smoothies and banana bread, I'm using these bananas to whip up these no-sugar added Cinnamon Blondie Brownies (Recipe Below).
Why I'm Bananas for bananas
Aside from the fact that bananas are a really inexpensive and totally portable snack option, here are some of their other great benefits:
- Energy booster before and after a workout
- Full of potassium (500mg)
- Aid in digestion (3g of fiber)
- Contain Tryptophan, an amino acid that helps to boost your mood, and...
- Good source of brain, skin, and bone health-boosting Manganese (16% RDA; bonus, 14% Vitamin C too)