Bananas, Food Hacks, Fruit, Kitchen Hacks

Best Kept Banana Secret!

Banana Hack! Banana Hack!

Here is a banana hack you will want to know if you don’t already. So many people spend copious amounts of time prepping and freezing their bananas. Some people peel and chop them and put them into plastic ziploc type bags, others mash them and freeze them and I am sure there are numerous others ways.

But the easiest of easiest ways is fast, convenient and enviro friendly.

Just throw your ripe bananas (or not ripe) in your freezer. That’s it. When you are ready to use them, take them out of the freezer and allow to thaw for a bit and you are good to go. I usually pop mine in the microwave for about 30 seconds and then peel them and they are perfect.

They do not lose their color or flavor this way at all and the air does not get to them. I love bananas for having their own jacket or container… fast food to go … or pop in the freezer as they are.

I use frozen bananas in countless ways… in muffin recipes… banana bread… smoothies…. chopped fruit concoctions that I make on the stove so that they are warm and gooey… example: The banana you see in this picture was used today in a pan on the stove with blueberries and chopped cantaloupe cooked slowly till it was warm and delicious. Total nutrition there. My husband just popped home mid afternoon and had some for a snack and my daughter finished off what was left after school….. kid friendly to boot!

The perfect frozen banana to use in whatever recipe

With most of us trying to eat healthier any hack helps. I hope you enJOYed this one today. 🙂

Digestive Health, Vitamins for the Body

Are you Missing this Key Ingredient in your Smoothies?

smoothie

Smoothies are a fast and easy way to pack nutrition into a convenient on the go snack or meal replacement. Personally, I use smoothies to enhance or supplement my current diet as a way to pack in extra nutrients and add in life-giving components for better health and wellness.

Whether fruit or veggie smoothies or a combination, smoothies are gaining in popularity and for good reason.

One of the challenges people face when making a smoothie is getting the right consistency and thickness or thinness depending on preference.

Some of the popular liquids people add to their smoothies are plant milks such as soy, almond, coconut, hemp or oats. Coconut water is a great choice as well. I myself often add Aloe Vera juice which is loaded with many phyto-nutrients and has many healing properties and is very soothing to the digestive system. When I am looking to add sweetness, I use a Strawberry Kiwi Aloe Vera Juice, that is popular with my clients as well.

However, with all that said, let’s get to the point of this blog post. One of the most overlooked wet ingredients in the world is water! Good old plain water. Adding a good quality source of pure, clean, alkaline water to your smoothies not only helps with consistency if you prefer a less thick smoothie, but it adds to your water intake and hydration. Both fruits and veggies contain water but by adding in water, you increase your intake even more. This is also really great for adding water to the diet for children who don’t take in enough water.

Best of all water is sugar free, healthy, has no flavor so it won’t alter your smoothie taste and has zero calories. How much better can it get?

Have fun with your smoothies and try to change them up. I love adding in anything I have on hand to change things up. It’s not unusual for me to have whole lemons, lime, cinnamon, mint leaves and more in my smoothies as these are itesm I usually have in my kitchen. 🙂

MaggieHolbik.com is a Certifed Life Coach, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and Clinical Natural Nutritionn Practitioner who residens in Northwestern Ontario, Canada