Banana Snacks

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My post-workout protein snack today was my favorite: sliced banana with peanut butter, honey, sunflower seeds, bee pollen and local honey.

(Tip for Allergies: I’m having a horrible time with allergies this year from the pollen and a friend suggested that I have a spoonful a day of local honey; it acts kind of like a flu shot, giving you immunity to the pollen because its the same type of pollen that the bees are getting, I already feel so much better!)

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Below is the same snack but I cut it differently and added almonds.

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If you love bananas, check out my Vegan Coconut Banana Pancakes and my Peanut Butter Banana Protein Pancakes

 – B a n a n a s –

Did you know that according to the latest Japanese Scientific Research, a full ripe banana with DARK patches on the yellow skin produces a substance called TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor), which has the ability to combat abnormal cells. The more darker patches it has, the HIGHER its immunity enhancement quality; so, the riper the banana, the better the anti-cancer quality. A yellow skin banana with dark spots on it is 8x more effective in enhancing the property of white blood cells than a greener skin version.

Eating just 1 a day increases immunity.

Have a relaxing Sunday & enjoy a banana! :)

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#uglyfruitisthebestfruit

Tropic-Omega Bowl: Banana, Kiwi, Chia Seeds, Almonds & Agave Bowl

I am nourished.

{Sliced Bananas, Almonds, Kiwi and Chia seeds drizzled with Agave Nectar}

Inspired by my favorite surfer yogi blogger:: Surfbad

Nuts & Seeds are amaziiing sources of essential amino acids & healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are extremely beneficial for your body, but in particular for your brain health. Studies show that foods rich in Omega-3 lowers the cell inflammation that causes loss of memory. I recommend obtaining your omega-3’s from pumpkin, chia and flaxseeds, walnuts, etc. Dark leafy greens like kale contain Omega-3′s as well.

Chia means “strength” in Mayan language

100% more essential fatty acids than salmon

2x the antioxidants found in blueberries

A complete protein: has all the essential amino acids

6x more calcium than milk

6x more iron than spinach

41% of your daily fiber in just one serving

Anti-inflammatory

Provides natural extended energy known as “Aztec running food”

Crazyy high in alpha-lipoic acids (aka that-ingredient-that-makes-skin-cream-cost-a-bajillion-dollars) helping with cell function promoting radiant skin, diminishing lines. Mix together 1 tbsp of seeds in an 8oz glass of warm water and 2 tbsp of honey, let sit for 5 minutes, then rub and exfoliate skin. BOOM

4.4 g protein, 12.3 g carbs, 10.6 g fiber, 0.6 g monounsaturated fat, 4.9 g Omega 3 fat, 1.6 g Omega 6 fat, 137 Cals

A great source of protein, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, copper, Vitamin B2 (metabolism booster) and phosphorus. They are a concentrated source of protein: a quarter-cup has more protein than an Egg. Although most people are afraid of the “fat” in this snack, almost all of it is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat

6 g protein, 6.1 g carbs, 3.5 g fiber, 8.8 g monounsaturated fat, 0.2 g omega 3 fatty acids, 3.4 g omega 6 & 163 calories

Banana Coconut Pancakes with Walnuts & White Chocolate Chips (V, GF)

The boys are over… it’s time for Sunday morning cartoons & banana pancakes!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoon baking powder (mixed with squeeze of lemon)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Stevia packet
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 Bananas, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon Flaxseed (mixed with 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 1/3 Tablespoons melted Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup Walnuts, finely chopped
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Extra banana slices*

Directions

Mix dry items: Sift together Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Sugar, Spice into one bowl. Separately mix wet ingredients: Coconut milk, mashed bananas, flaxseed mixture, baking powder + lemon mixture, vanilla, maple syrup, shredded coconut, and melted coconut oil, fold in half of the walnuts. Add wet ingredients all at once into dry mixture. Stir until all mixed (the mixture will be a lil’ lumpy), but don’t mix too long or it will loose its “fluff”. Let sit for about 7 minutes and you may want to add a little more milk if it looks too thick.

Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray and heat on medium heat; once the pan is hot enough that a splash of water sizzles on it, it’s ready. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter, and once bubbles on the pancake begin to form and around the edges after about 4 minutes, flip with spatula and cook for around another 2 minutes or so. DON’T PAT DOWN WITH SPATULA!! You will lose the fluffiness! I kept a plate in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit to transfer the finished pancakes to keep warm (along with my guest’s dishes). Repeat and add oil/adjust heat as needed. Lastly, heat a small serving “pourer” of Pure Maple Syrup and serve pancakes with chopped walnuts, slices of bananas and white chocolate chips on top!

{An idea from of my favorite blogs, Cupcakes and Cashmere}