Call me a freak for saying this, but it happens every time and I need to tell you all about it.
I truly do love bananas. But every time I go to peel one and eat it, all I can think of is “banana education” from grade five sexual education class where they were used as models for condom rolling………..yep condom rolling. WHY sex education and condon introduction is even a thing taught to 11 year olds, i don’t know, but then I forget, SADLY, its the 12 year olds these days who are dumping their barbie and ken dolls for the mickey and mini mouse. I would have much preferred being taught how to ride a bike… but I guess that’s not as cool or fun as learning about your flexible functions; labelling girls and boys prepubescent anatomy on blue and pink paper; or giggling through the time your asked to list ALL the cute names which your genitals can be referred to as.
Anyway, back to the short story – the flashback is even worse when I’m eating a banana in public and, as much as I TRY to look at the floor, BANG! there is always eye-to-eye contact with some random who probably judges me right then and there, eating a banana like a monkey… HAHAHAHAHA. (Don’t judge me). And since then, since that day of grade 5 torment, I have never looked at a banana the same way… unless its covered in chocolate. yum tum tum.
Now that you may (or may not) have this image in your head, perhaps I should share with you interesting facts about bananas and how they can help with anxiety, to distract your thoughts?…..
- Bananas are naturally high in potassium and can help prevent against muscle soreness, spasms and hypokalemia (low blood potassium).
- Bananas help reduce morning sickness.
- Bananas contain tryptophan, a protein which can be converted into serotonin – the happy hormones which regulate mood, appetite, sleep and memory. For this reason, bananas have been linked to alleviate depression and seasonal mood disorders.
- The more brown spots, the greater the nutritional benefits.
- Bananas are a natural beta blocker in your body and can help to fight anxiety and stress. Beta blockers prevent the binding of adrenaline to beta receptors on the heart, resulting in lower blood pressure which raises during times of anxiety and stress.
- The darker the banana the more sugar it will contain.
- If you rub a bug bite or hives with the inside of the banana peel, it will relieve itching and irritation.
And a Banana Muffin recipe too?
3 Bananas mashed
½ cup almond milk
¼ coconut oil
¼ cup honey
1 tsp Vanilla essence
1 cup gluten-free oats
1 cup buckwheat flour
4 dates, pitted
½ bicarb soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp apple cider vinegar (lemon juice will also work)
3/4 cup Cacao nibs / blueberries (for extra taste)
Preheat oven @ 180
Blend flour, oats, bicarbonate and dates in processor until all combined and resembled flour mixture, then place in large bowl. Add banana milk oil syrup and vanilla and stir to combine.
Add lemon juice and blueberries/cacao nibs and stir gently but do not over mix.
Spoon gently into lined muffin tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through the middle (test with skewer).
Serve warm or freeze in airtight container.
I will never forget that class and how much giggling it brought to the classroom.
Oh, primary school days.
Have a great weekend yall! (and sorry if i naughty-fied your views of bananas)
Do you have a school/college memory you’ll never forget? Id love to hear them below.