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Amy Approved Frozen Treat!!!

Banana1Charly likes a snack each night before bed so last night I whipped this frozen treat up.  If you let it blend long enough (about 5 minutes) it whips into creamy ice cream!!!  She LOVED it!!!

Ingredients: (serves 2)
1 frozen banana
4-5 pitted dates
Dash or 4 of cinnamon
Dash of coconut milk

Put everything into your Vitamix and use “variable” speed to get the chunks of bananas blended.  Use your tamper and really push down to assure everything is mixing.  Blend for about 4-5 minutes or until creamy & smooth.  We did find that it melted fast so ENJOY immediately 🙂

And it makes for a HAPPY toddler!!! Banana3

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25 Powerful Reasons to Eat Bananas

You’ll never look at a banana the same way again after discovering the many health benefits and reasons to add them to your diet. Bananas combat depression, make you smarter, cure hangovers, relieve morning sickness, protect against kidney cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and blindness. They can cure the itch of a mosquito bite and put a great shine on your shoes.

If you think bananas are just for monkeys, think again.

1. Bananas help overcome depression due high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter

2. Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar

3. Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and night time leg cramps by eating a banana

4. Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana

5. Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation

6. Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6

7. Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas

8. High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure, and protect against heart attack and stroke

Eating bananas aids digestion

9. Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body

10. Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.

11. Constipated? High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility.

12. Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhea.

13. Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn and GERD

14. Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids

Natural cures from a simple banana

15. Eating bananas helps prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption16. Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.17. Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing free radicals and protection from chronic disease18. Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness

19. Rub a bug bite or hives with the inside of the banana peel to relieve itching and irritation

20. Control blood sugar and avoid binging between meals by eating a banana

21. Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a fever or on a hot day

22. The natural mood-enhancer tryptophan, helps to relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

23. Quitting smoking? Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal

24. Remove a wart by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place

25. Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes or handbag and polish with a dry cloth for a quick shine

Oh, and remember — bananas make great snacks and delicious smoothies.

Now you know why monkeys are so happy. Eat a banana!

Source Link: http://www.naturalnews.com/036771_bananas_digestion.html

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Amy Approved Zucchini Bread – Grain Free!!

Grain Free Zucchini Bread

Ingredients (makes 3 mini loaves)

3/4 cup almond flour
3/4 cup coconut flour (OR you can use 1.5 cups almond flour)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon Bob’s Red Mill aluminum free baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup honey
1 ripe banana
1 cup shredded, unpeeled zucchini

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl.

Place the wet ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer, then beat on medium for 1-2 minutes until frothy and fully combined. Add the zucchini and beat again just enough to incorporate.

Slowly add the dry ingredients with the mixer running, until all of the flour mixture has been incorporated.

Spoon the batter into 3 greased (w/ coconut oil) mini loaf pans. You can also use this batter to make muffins.

Bake for 30-35 minutes until the middle is set and a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!

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Banana Nut Butter Bread

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This recipe shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to put together & makes 4 small loaves which SHOULD last you quite some time!  You can always freeze one or two of the loaves.  WARNING – this recipe is not super sweet so I paired it with organic raw honey.  This bread makes a great Sunday morning breakfast, muffins for the week or just something different for your recipe book.

Ingredients
1 cup organic peanut butter or almond butter (I used peanut butter this loaf)
1 cup coconut flour OR almond flour (I used coconut flour)
2 large or 3 small brown, spotty bananas
2 eggs
1 t aluminum free baking powder
1 t aluminum free baking soda
1/4 cup or so of raw coconut
Big sprinkle of cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 350 F.

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients & mix untl the bananas are no longer visible chunks.  Pour the batter into the oiled loaf pan (or muffin tin).

Bake for approx 30-40 min, until the center is done.  Let the bread cool before removing from the pan.

ENJOY!

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