By: Amanda Froelich,
Creamy, delicious, filling, and nutritious, bananas have been reported to be one of the most perfect foods for mankind. Even after it’s been picked from the stalk, a banana continues to ripen, the starches converting to natural sugars and its nutrient content continuing to rise!
Bananas are so incredible, in fact, that they have a list of reported health benefits. Some of them follow:
The above are just some of the amazing benefits of bananas, one of the most affordable fruits found in the US and UK as well! Because this fruit is so amazing, be sure to add it into your diet in one of the best 5 ways
It may seem like an obvious suggestion, but why not add a few bananas to your morning heart-healthy oatmeal or along with your energy-sustaining granola? Slice them up, add a dash of cinnamon, and you’ll have transformed your morning routine into some morning bliss!
Another commonly overlooked way to use bananas is to use them as a creamy base in your smoothies! One of the best ways to combine alkalizing, nutrient-dense greens and fruits in your smoothie is to experiment with a recipe such as this one:
For those who have never tried Banana Ice Cream, prepare to be ‘wowed’. Using one simple ingredient, bananas, it’s possible to recreate the texture and banana-infused flavor of the treat so beloved by the world. However, this version is much healthier… and besides being less in saturated fats, hormones, and additives, is much more affordable and can be made in seconds.
*Note: Because of the hard state of the frozen bananas, a high-speed blender or slow, masticating juicer is required. *
Blueberry: ½ Cup Frozen Blueberries
Strawberry: ½ -1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
Chocolate: ¼ Cup Raw Carob or Cacao
This amazing treat is so healthy it can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! How cool is that!
Not only are bananas so good for us, they’re so versatile to use! Another great idea to use bananas is to create banana boats. Fill the Center with some peanut butter and raisins and serve to kids, or make a fruit jam (with figs, strawberries, and cinnamon) and spread inside a split banana, or even… make a Raw and Vegan Banana Split!
Using #3, make 2-3 different types of banana ice cream and put a few scoops inside a split banana. Get creative with your toppings (such as chopped dates, nuts, or cacao nibs) and enjoy with your kids, friends, and family!
Utilizing all of nature’s goodness, this bar can be a staple in your household if you’re looking for healthy and affordable ways to keep your family full. Buckwheat is one of the staples of the future: it has all essential amino acids, is high in a variety of nutrients and B Vitamins, and is also one of the most affordable plant-based staples, usually no more than $2.30 / pound.
Sprouted, it doubles in size and gains even more nutrition, and coupled with bananas, they’re a perfect pair that will ensure balanced blood sugar, amazing health, and an easy-to-make.
Sprouted Buckwheat Bars:
With 5 amazing ways to include more bananas, there are no excuses not to use this incredible food from nature to enrich your life! Work towards a more nourished world by creating a healthier you, family, and using those foods that are sustainable for the planet.
Amanda Froelich is a Raw Vegan Chef, Detoxification Specialist, Travel and Alternative Health Writer, Holistic Nutrition Student and Student of Life. She posts decadent FREE Raw and Vegan Recipes at http://mandybloomsraw.com and travels as a healthy nomad at http://travelfruitlove.com . More can be found about Amanda at http://amandafroelich.com