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A Dozen Banana Recipes To Make You Healthier And Happier

A Dozen Banana Recipes To Make You Healthier And Happier

Bananas are a tricky little fruit in that they are healthy, but super sweet. Bananas can make any recipe taste decadent and creamy. You can use bananas as a substitute in recipes for the fat or just add them to recipes for the added benefits of potassium, folate, magnesium, fiber and vitamin C. Bananas are also naturally fat, sodium and cholesterol free, which is great news for those of you with any special dietary needs.

So grab your ripe bananas and get ready to whip up some deliciously healthy banana recipes.

1. Bourbon Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins via Enticingly Healthy Eating

banana bourbon muffins

    I have never tried adding any kind of alcohol to my baked goods (as far as I can remember?) so I definitely need to try cooking this recipe. You actually add all of the ingredients to a blender to combine — so easy! I would whip up a batch of these for breakfast throughout the week.

    2. Cinnamon Banana Bread Protein Shake via Fit Mitten Kitchen

    banana bread protein shake

      Who wouldn’t want their protein shake to taste like cinnamon banana bread? Did you also know that cinnamon has a bunch of health benefits? Bonus!

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      3. Banana Funfetti Protein Cookies via Diary of a Semi-Health Nut

      banana-funfetti-protein-cookies-2-via-semihealthnut-at-semihealthyblog.com_thumb

        These cute little cookies are packed with protein and are gluten free. The banana and vanilla protein powder make them super sweet and chewy, almost like muffin tops.

        4. Fluffy Chunky Monkey Pancakes via Apple of My Eye

        fluffy chunky monkey pancakes

          This is one of those banana recipes that kind of pushes the “healthy” label, but I personally think it’s good to get a little chocolate in every day. I would eat this for breakfast because I’m totally cool with dessert-like meals to start the day, but I might categorize this as a semi-healthy dessert.

          5. Crockpot Creamy Banana French Toast via Diethood

          crock pot banana french toast

            Excuse me while I wipe the drool off of my keyboard because this recipe is insanely decadent. I would never even think to do French toast in my slow cooker, but I seriously need to try now that I’ve seen this post.

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            6. Sweet Potato Banana Bites via The Lean Green Bean

            sweet potato bites

              This banana recipe, on the other hand, is super healthy. Sweet potatoes, bananas, eggs and nut butter: that’s all there is to this recipe. Lindsay (the recipe author) also points out that the recipe is super forgiving in the measurements department, which always makes baking ten times easier.

              7. Frozen Banana Pops Covered in Chocolate via Diary of a Semi-Health Nut

              frozen banana pops that taste like dilly bars

                Have you ever tried making frozen banana pops? They are so close in texture to an ice cream bar that you might trick yourself into thinking they aren’t healthy.

                8. Vegan Cookie Dough Banana Soft Serve via Fit Foodie Finds

                banana soft serve with vegan cookie dough

                  Speaking of frozen bananas… what about banana soft serve? You blend up frozen bananas until they are smooth and creamy and it basically tastes like soft serve ice cream (or frozen yogurt). There are so many options with this base, but this recipe looks over-the-top amazing.

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                  9. Baked Banana Chips via Naturally Ella

                  homemade banana chips

                    I know that those bags of banana chips I buy at the store are, of course, coated in sugar, so I was super excited to see a recipe for homemade banana chips.

                    10. Banana Cinnamon Crumb Muffins via The Healthy Maven

                    banana cinnamon crumb muffins

                      I am all about anything that has a crumb topping and is semi-healthy. Davida, the author, uses both coconut oil and sugar, if you’re into that sort of thing. The photos are also super pretty, as an added bonus!

                      11. Banana Bread Cookies with Almond-Butter Cocoa Filling via Pure Wow

                      banana bread cookies

                        You probably wouldn’t believe that these are actually healthy! The ingredient list is outstanding and I want to take a bite out of my screen, so this banana recipe is definitely a win.

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                        12. Grilled S’mores Banana Boats via Diary of a Semi-Health Nut

                        grilled smores banana boats

                          Why not stuff a bunch of s’mores goodness into a banana and throw it on the grill? The use of foil will make this recipe a super quick clean up. (Who likes doing dishes?)

                          This round up of semi-healthy banana recipes will definitely make you happier and healthier.

                          Which recipe will you try first?

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                          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                          Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                          To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                          Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                          1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                          Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                          Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                          To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                          2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                          Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                          If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                          Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                          3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                          Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                          Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                          4. Feed Your Brain

                          Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                          This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                          Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                          Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                          5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                          According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                          Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                          Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                          6. Write it Down

                          If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                          It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                          You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                          7. Listen to Music

                          Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                          8. Visual Concepts

                          In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                          Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                          Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                          9. Teach Someone Else

                          Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                          Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                          10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                          Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                          So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                          Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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