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The Brown Bag Secret Ingredient REVEAL!

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This week’s secret ingredient is the almighty BANANA.  Never underestimate the power and versatility of America’s number one fruit.  Have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, as a snack, or dessert.  Not only are bananas nutritious and awesomely sweet, they’re very inexpensive. Known mostly for its high levels of potassium, which helps to maintain normal blood pressure and keeps your “ticker” functioning properly, bananas also provide a healthy dose of Vitamin C and dietary fiber.  Bananas are also used as a natural antacid to prevent stomach ulcers and protect against ulcer damage.  Here’s one more thing you should know about bananas.  They can help build stronger bones due to a compound known as a prebiotic (fructooligosaccharide), which works with probiotic or the friendly bacteria in your colon.

Below are a few ways I like to enjoy these beauties!

 

Banana Fritters

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Banana Raisin Wrap

Banana Wraps

Sweet Potato Fluff

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

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Coconut-Banana Creme Bowl

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Sources:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=7

http://www.corsinet.com/trivia/bananas.html

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Today’s Brown Bag Secret Ingredient RIDDLE

I was officially introduced to the American public at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition.  I am one of the few fruits that ripen best off the plant. If left on the plant, I will split open and my interior will have a “cottony” texture and flavor.  I am produced the most in India, growing 16.5 million tonnes in 2002, followed by Brazil which produced 6.5 million tonnes of in 2002. What am I?

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Introducing the Brown Bag Secret Ingredient series!!!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about food.  Well, honestly, I’m always thinking about food and how to make it healthier, simple, and delicious.   I try to consider if it’s possible to make my recipes affordable to everyone.  Will I like the end results?  Will other people like the end results?  You know, what better way to find out than to just put it out there.  But not so fast.  I want to have a little fun with you guys, which is why I’m introducing………….

the Brown Bag Secret Ingredient

The Brown Bag Secret Ingredient

Each week I will choose ONE affordable, healthy, and nutritious ingredient and prepare or cook it five different ways.

Each week I will post a few clues, trivia, or some sort of hint for you guys to guess what in the heck this ingredient could be.  You can post your answer here or follow me on twitter and post it there.

When will the mystery ingredient be revealed?  You’ll have to check out my YouTube channel every Saturday to find out.  All recipes from the Brown Bag Secret Ingredient series will be posted here.

Please feel free to make suggestions or comments and subscribe to my twitter account and YouTube channel.

Let the games begin!

Here’s your first trivia clue:

THIS FRUIT IS AVAILABLE ALL YEAR AROUND and HARVESTED EVERYDAY.  

Healthy Journey!

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