Go Bananas!!

After spending a day last month teaching grades 2 and 3 classes about healthy eating, I was very shocked to hear a little boy tell me that he knew some foods that we should never eat, bananas being one of them. We’ve all seen the ads on the side of our screen while surfing the internet that suggest if we want to lose weight and cut back on fat to NEVER eat bananas. I know many adults tend to notice these articles and some even try what they are suggesting, but to hear a child state that we should never eat them was an eye opener for me; even children are falling for fad diets and advice given to them by the internet or popular daytime television shows.

Bananas are a delicious fruit that provide us with some very important nutrients that our bodies need daily. One banana will give you approximately 102 calories, a great source of potassium, carbohydrates that give you energy, 2 grams of fibre, 1.2 grams of protein, small amount of vitamin A and Iron, and a great source of vitamin C and other nutrients. (values retrieved from: www.eatracker.ca)

Bananas are a fantastic breakfast food, snack or even dessert; it’s quick and can give you that boost of energy you need to start your day, after a workout, or just to stop the belly from grumbling. Next time you crave a banana, try this simple and delicious smoothie:

Banana Strawberry Smoothie

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  • 1 banana
  • 5 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 cup of fresh milk

*Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth*

Recipe adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Banana-and-Strawberry-Smoothie/Detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Thumb&e11=banana%20strawberry%20smoothie&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page&soid=sr_results_p1i6

Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

 

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One comment

  1. Heather Russell · · Reply

    Good for you, Janel, for pointing out about the fad diets, etc., on the right margin of our Facebook pages, etc., and how children are being affected thereby. Great blog!

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