Bananas have gotten a bad wrap! I see comments slung left and right on the boards saying, “Bananas are off plan!” I try to gently remind everyone when I see a comment that you can have a half of a banana in an E meal setting. I think a great thing to do would be to go to the back of the index and look up bananas!
Page. 83 (The Energizing Meal)
“A word about bananas. God made them and they are a wonderful food. We buy them for our children, who are growing and still very insulin sensitive since they have young cells and run around all day. We very rarely eat bananas ourselves, as they are more like potatoes, and can easily fatten an adult. If you don’t want to say a complete goodbye to the them, stick to half a banana as a limit while eating E style.
Have protein WITH your banana!!
Page. 596 (Frequently Asked Questions)
“Yes, bananas are healthy. God made them for a purpose. They are excellent for growing children and for people who struggle to keep on weight. The reason for this is that they are much higher in sugars than the other fruits we suggest. Tropical fruits on a whole have less fiber and more sugar. This doesn’t mean you totally exclude them from your diet. You can have small amounts of these with E meals, e.g., mango in some salsa, pineapple in some cottage cheese, small piece of watermelon, or half a banana. Personally, we stay away from bananas, but we had addictions to them in the past. Three in one sitting was not beyond us, so they are trigger foods for us.”
I think one of the reasons the girls have spoken strongly about the banana is because they had an addiction to eating them in the past. They are a trigger food for them! If it’s a trigger food for you, you may want to avoid them! I am not endorsing eating a half a banana daily but, one or two halves during the week with an E meal is fine, in my opinion. It comes down to what your body can handle.
Page 596 (Frequently Asked Questions)
“We call bananas and other high glycemic fruits healthy since God made them, but only for those whose blood sugar can handle them. If something is chock full of vitamins and minerals and yet causes your waistline to expand and spike your blood sugar levels, which is aging and inflammatory, it is not healthy for you.”
Be your own judge! See how you feel after you eat that half of a banana. If you do have insulin or sugar issues, just steer clear!
I don’t know why I’m thinking so much about the banana. I have not eaten much of one since being on THM. I do buy them for my kids and they eat them up! I just make sure they eat one a day and not a few for a snack.
I have an E style shake that I enjoy on occasion! It’s base isn’t banana like many do when making smoothies but, it does contain half of a banana. The key is having a protein source WITH the banana!
Going Bananas Shake! (E)
1 cup of unsweetened, Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2 cup of water
1 scoop of Swanson’s Premium Protein Powder(vanilla)
1/2 of a banana
1/2 tsp of Gluccomanan
1 TBS of unsweetened cocoa powder (heaping)
1 TBS of peanut flour
2 tsp of Truvia or sweeten with a plan approved sweetener of your choice.
Salt (a shake)
I mix all my ingredients in my Ninja for 30 seconds or so. I then add 14 cubes of ice! It’s the magic number of cubes for me! You may like more or less.
I hope this post helps a little bit with the banana confusion. The poor banana isn’t banned like the white potato or sugar..we just need to be very moderate and use them on occasion.
Here is another yummy banana recipe from Gwen’ blog! You should definitely try it!! BANANA CREAM CAKE!!!!
For more recipes and Trim Healthy Mama tips go to Stacy Makes Cents or Gwen’s Nest!
*All quotes were taken from the Trim Healthy Mama Book. No copyright laws were meant to be broken.