Archive for May 30, 2014

I’m Going Bananas Just To Stay Healthy!

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image for going bananasYes, I am going bananas to stay healthy. There are so many health benefits that we get from eating bananas.

Vitamins and minerals

First off let me tell you that just one banana can contain over 400 mg of potassium, which is one of the essential minerals that help our bodies to keep up normal blood pressure and heart function. Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and contain moderate amounts of vitamin C, manganese and potassium.


In my research I found that Bananas are naturally radioactive due to the potassium content and small amounts of isotope potassium-40 which is sometimes used in nuclear communication to compare radiation levels and exposures.

It is believed that potassium may counteract the increased urinary calcium loss that is caused when your daily diet consist of a high intake of salt. The potassium would help prevent your bones from thinning out at a rapid rate, thereby possibly causing a bone deficiency and other major health problems. On occasion I have major cramping in my legs and when I eat a banana I get fast relief from the cramping.

You might ask, why is Chef Ann  going  bananas? Eating this wonderful fruit can help improve your body’s ability to absorb calcium. Bananas are known for their ability to aid and protect us against stomach problems. When we consume a banana there are compounds which activate certain cells in the stomach lining to produce a thick mucus wall that guards against stomach acid. One of the compounds is protease inhibitors. These inhibitors aid in the elimination of bacteria in the stomach.

Bananas contain a small percentage of prebiotics (friendly bacteria) which are non digestible compounds that stimulate the colon. One thing to keep in mind if you should suffer from elimination problems like diarrhea, reach for a banana or two. It will be your best friend! A banana will replenish the electrolytes which help to regulate fluid balance and heart function. Also, due to the high content of fiber in a banana, it normalizes our system so that constipation is not a problem. Are you going bananas yet?

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Get energized

Let’s go a step further and talk about energy. Do you ever have those days when you just feel like you have no energy, you are dragging through your day and maybe even feeling a bit depressed? Well reach for a banana. That’s right…the banana is a high energy fruit! They contain a high-level of tryptophan that is naturally converted into serotonin. Believe me this will give you a boost in the right direction and you will soon feel the difference. Eating bananas can help to stabilize blood sugar and help protect your eyes from eye disease such as macular degeneration.


Bananas are rich in Pectin (soluble fiber) which aid in ridding toxins and heavy metals out of our system. Pectin binds substances in the intestines thereby improving stool quality. Bananas help us in acid reflux, Gird, heartburn and the reduction of blood glucose and insulin concentration, thus acting as a protector against type 2 diabetes, due in part to the high levels of B6. The amount of B6 present in bananas help in the production of white blood cells, (they produce antibodies) which defend the body against infection and disease. Our white blood cells eat up foreign materials and cellular matter which destroy infectious agents and cancer cells.

Sources referenced:
Another good resource:

10 Surprising Banana Health Benefits

NOTE: People with a latex allergy may experience a reaction to bananas.

I am going bananas

So one could say one banana a day could prevent one from having high blood pressure, thereby preventing heart disease. I don’t know about you, but I have decided to start eating more bananas. How about it, will you consider going bananas with me?

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Garden Salad with Vinaigrette

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Here we have a simple fresh garden salad. Made with crisp red leaf lettuce, juicy ripe Roma tomatoes, firm hot-house cucumbers, sweet peppers and carrots. Topped with crunchy pistachios and sunflower seeds.


  • 1 large bunch of red leaf lettuce
  • 4 large Roma tomatoes
  • 1 large hot-house cucumber
  • 2 large yellow bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup of pistachio nuts no shell
  • 2 medium carrots


  • Remove the bottom stock of lettuce before cleaning.
  • Wash lettuce in a large bowl of cold water with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Soak for a few minutes and repeat this process until the water is clear. Then rinse each leaf under cold running water.
  • Place carrots, peppers and tomatoes in a bowl of cold water with white vinegar. Scrub veggies well and rinse under cold running water and place in colander. Do the same with the cucumber.
♦ Chef Ann’s ‘Garden Salad’ Tips:
  • To shorten your time you can buy prewashed lettuce.
  • Always look for firm flawless cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes.
  • Seeds and nuts are optional.

For those of you with health issues, such as celiac disease and those who need to avoid gluten, try:

  1. Hendrickson’s Original Sweet Vinegar & oil (a dressing that is gluten-free) | Homepage – Hendrickson’s
  2. Reading this article ‘Let’s Talk About Gluten
Preparation for garden salad
  • Place lettuce in a spinner to dry or lay flat on paper towels.
  • Chop carrots thin and on the diagonal.
  • Slice cucumber ½ inch thick then slice in half.
  • Slice bell pepper in half and remove all seeds, then chop Julienne style.
  • Chop tomatoes in medium size chunks.
  • Remove pistachio nuts from shell before adding to salad.
  • You may use salted or unsalted sunflower seeds for this salad.
  • Place salad mix in a large bowl and toss well before adding vinaigrette.
Preparation for Salad Dressing
  • ½ cup of extra virgin Olive oil
  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • Salt and pepper to taste is optional
  • Add all ingredients to a bottle and shake well before pouring over salad.

Total time: about 30 minutes
Servings: 4

♥ Chef Ann’s Note:

I choose to showcase this vinaigrette because it is a healthier choice and will give you fewer calories than a creamy store-bought dressing. Of course you can use any dressing you wish with this colorful garden salad.


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