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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?

                          Featured photo credit: Enticingly Healthy Eating via enticinghealthyeating.weebly.com

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                          Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                          At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                          Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                          One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                          When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                          So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                          Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                          This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                          Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                          When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                          Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                          One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                          Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                          An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                          When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                          Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                          Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                          We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                          By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                          Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                          While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                          I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                          You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                          Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                          When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                          Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                          Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                          Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                          One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                          Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                          Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                          This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                          While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                          Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                          Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                          This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                          For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                          Con #4: Unique Distractions

                          Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                          For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                          To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                          Final Thoughts

                          Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                          We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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