Are Banana’s the World’s ‘Perfect’ Food?

bananaBananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.
But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

DEPRESSION
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS:
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Super Soft Sugar Cookies

Easy-peasy no-roll-out sugar cookies! These are the softest, most delicious chewy sugar cookies you will ever make – and they will ruin ALL OTHER SUGAR COOKIES. You have been warned!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, shortening and sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, stir into the creamed mixture until dough comes together. Roll dough into walnut sized balls and roll the balls in sugar. Place them on an unprepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until bottom is light brown. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.
  • 24 servings

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    Carrot Cake

    Well…. If you’re going to have cake, this is carrot cake a good one. An all-time favorite of mine since I was a little girl. I used to beg my mom to make it for my birthday. It has carrots, and fruit and nuts & coconut… Personally, I like to leave off the glaze and frosting – to each his/her own!

    **Oh- I sub 1/2 butter and 1/2 olive oil for vegetable oil. My son is allergic to corn, so it makes this a cake he can eat…. and healthier too!

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt (sea or kosher is best, but use 1/2 the measurement for kosher!)
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 3 large eggs
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 3/4 cup vegetable oil (sub 1/2 butter & 1/2 EVOO)
    • 3/4 cup buttermilk (the older the better flavor, just shake it really well or toss it in the blender for a quick pulse!)
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 cups grated carrot
    • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained (in water, preferably or buy whole)
    • 1 (3 1/2-ounce) can flaked coconut
    • 1 cup chopped … Continue reading