Healthy Alphabet Food of the Day Letter [B]

HELLO   FRIENDS

For my letter (b) food of the day you’ll learn about a food in alphabetical order! There are so many dishes you can put together to make with each food and it’s really scrumptious (if they’re new to you-and if you know about it…well enjoy the refreshment!), There are also great benefits to each and to top it off they don’t break the bank when added to your shopping list! Also I’m going to share a recipe from each of these foods that I really really like, are affordable and can easily be introduced to children!

Bananas-

Health Benefits-

Reducing Depression, Anemia, Rugged Gut, Constipation and Diarrhea, Eyesight Protection, Healthy Heart, Cancer Prevention, Healthy Bones, Healthy Kidney, Healthy Digestive Tract, Mood Enhancers or Mild Sedatives, Blood Pressure, Heartburn, Morning Sickness, Smoking, Ulcers, Nerves, Mosquito Bites, Stress Relief, Stroke Risk, Lower Blood Pressure, High Nutrient Absorption, Good Source of Dietary Fiber and also Vitamin B6….that’s a whole lotta benefits!!

Recipe-

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs and one egg white, mixed together
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/4 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger (ground, powder, or grated)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Cooking spray (olive oil or coconut oil)

Preparation:

Mix first five ingredients together in a bowl (I would say a rather large bowl, just for the stirring and to make sure it doesn’t get all over the counter). Spray a small non-stick frying pan with cooking spray (preferrably olive oil-or even a tbsp of coconut oil) and turn heat to medium. Add pancake mixture to pan, cook until edges are firm. Flip, and cook one to two more minutes. Slide onto a plate and top with honey, preserves, berries or jam.

Best time to of the Year to eat this

Bananas are seasonless. They are available year-round. They are available here in the U.S. mainly in peak month which is March and they come from Florida and a few other parts in the U.S. If they are not grown/seasonal here in the U.S. they are imported from another part of the world…never hard to get! Love me some bananas!!

How to store-

  • Green bananas are not ripe yet. Buy green bananas for maximum storage life without freezing. Choose firm fruit without dark spots or abrasions on the peel.
  • Put the bananas in the produce drawer of your refrigerator after they are fully ripe. Refrigeration slows the ripening process considerably, but does not stop it. The peel will continue to turn brown, but the fruit will stay fresh and firm for 1 to 2 weeks
  •  Never store bananas in plastic bags, which hold too much moisture and could cause the fruit to rot.
  • Ripe bananas have turned their adult color. Most bananas are yellow when ripe, but some varieties are brown or red. The more the banana’s adult color appears on the peel, the riper it is.
  • Put green bananas into a brown paper bag to speed up the ripening process. Add an apple or a tomato to the bag to ripen the bananas in less than 1 day.
  • Brown-spotted bananas are the sweetest. As the small brown spots grow on the peel, the fruit inside ripens even further. When the peel shows more brown or black than yellow, the fruit is over-ripe.
  • Avoid bananas that have a gray tint and look dull in color. This is a sign that the bananas were refrigerated, which interferes with proper ripening.
  • Store bananas in the freezer for several months. When thawed, you can use the bananas to bake and cook, as well as in fruit sauces and smoothies. (1) Peel bananas and cut them into chunks or mash them before freezing. (2) Portion the banana into the amounts you need to make a recipe. (3) Put portioned bananas into zipper freezer bags or plastic containers and store them in the freezer

Can you cook this-

Yes! You can cook them in banana pancakes, muffins, cupcakes, etc.!! But I think they’re delicious just as they are!!

Where are they grown-

There are several banana plantations all over 130 banana-producing countries worldwide<~freakin crap that’s a LOT!!! Banana plantations are primarily found in equatorial countries but like I stated before it’s over a broad range of countries that include Latin and South America, Ecuador, Southeast Asia, Costa Rica, India, Philippines, Africa and Colombia. The key elements for growing bananas are a good soil, a good climate, and a good drainage….sounds easy enough!!

•°˚°•.¸ As Always Health Happiness & Harmony! ¸.•°˚°•


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