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Banana Sutra

2 appetizing outcomes if you position them bananas right

Wellness - Banana SutraYou are probably no stranger to the fruit, but you have no idea what exactly are bananas loaded up with and most certainly its capabilities of whipping up a variety of dishes. Bananas are found to have a high content of potassium – an extremely helpful ingredient to the muscular contractions of the body – thus crucial to any muscle-influenced activities in the body system. This includes the pumping of the heart, digestion and daily muscular movements. Low potassium intake on the other hand, contributes to conditions such as high blood pressure and an increased risk of stroke.

Potassium is also beneficial to your bones and kidneys. As it lowers calcium excretions, so do the risks of having kidney stones and osteoporosis.

Tryptophan is a chemical found in bananas which helps the body to produce serotonin – resulting in a calming effect on the brain, thus creating a stable mood. Tryptophan is not produced naturally, hence bananas are one of the easiest ways to get it.

Bananas also possess good quantity of vitamin B6 and dietary fibre. Vitamin B6 plays a crucial role in converting tryptophan to serotonin and is essential to the production of antibodies – hence a key to maintaining a healthy immune system. A single serving banana contains 16% of the daily recommended fibre intake. Fibre improves gastronomical movement and is proven to lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

The benefits in which bananas bring are endless, but the best part is the availability and affordability of the fruit! With so much goodness packed in a single fruit, I can imagine your excitement to explore the wonderful variations it is capable of. We bring you 2 finger-licking good recipes for a yummy dose of banana anytime any day!

Banana – shrimp quesadilla

Breakfast is my favorite and yet most hated meal of the day. I am starved from the eight (sometimes 10) hours of snooze time, but yet my head’s still heavy from yesterday’s weary. Banana – shrimp quesadilla, a friendly greeting to your grouchy morning appetite.

Ingredients:

•  4 whole 9-inch tortillas, your preference

•     2 whole bananas peeled and diced

•      2 cup shrimp (or pork or chicken),

•      cooked and chopped

•    2 cup shredded cheddar

•   1 cup fresh parsley, chopped

•      1/2 cup tomatoes, diced

•     2 whole  avocados, peeled and diced

• 1/2 cup olive oil

Even if you have no culinary skills and background, much like me, fret not for this recipe is fuss free and most importantly, ‘culinary-idiot’ proof.

1. First spread cheese, shrimp (or pork or chicken), parsley and tomatoes evenly on all four tortillas.

2.      Then, place diced bananas and avocados evenly across tortillas and fold once. Pour just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan and turn the heat to medium-high.

3. When oil is hot, place 1-2 quesadillas in frying pan and brown each side for about 30 seconds or until cheese is melting.

4.   And voila, your healthy fibre-filled breakfast is ready to be served.

Banana Chips

However, if savory is your thing then Banana Chips might be more appealing.

Here is what you need:

•     5 raw bananas

•   2 tbsp. salt

•    Olive oil

1.     Peel bananas and soak in salted iced water for 10 minutes.

2.    While waiting, pour enough oil in wok and leave it over low heat.

3. Then slice bananas into thin round slices (you can get creative by adding chili or paprika powder), and wrap it in paper
towels to remove moisture.

4.      Put banana slices in the wok slowly, moderate the amount, you don’t want to overcrowd the wok. Fry bananas for no more than 2 minutes, until it turns a nice shade of golden brown.

5.     Then remove them and leave them on paper towels to drain excess oil. Finally sprinkle salt to attain the desired taste.
Like how Rome was not build overnight, the same applies to your culinary skills. If you are new to the wonders of the kitchen, give it time and most importantly, don’t ever stop trying! On the other hand, if you know cooking like the back of your hand, then this is where you can exercise your fine culinary intuitions. The key to ‘sutra’ is flexibility and be experimental, so don’t be afraid to tweak the recipes to your taste buds’ content, good luck!

References:

Thetaoofgoodhealth.com

www.chiquitabananas.com

www.food.com/recipe

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by Cheryl Teo
Posted by ezyhealth on Sep 13 2011. Filed under Nutrition. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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