Monday, July 14, 2014

I'm Peelin' the Love. Are you?

Hey y'all!  Have I ever told you what my favorite fruit is?  No?  It's the banana.  I love everything that I've ever tasted that's made with bananas.  Banana bread, banana sandwiches, banana in my oatmeal, banana ice cream, banana everything! 



Did you know that bananas are super healthy?


  • They help regulate and/or lower blood pressure
  • Studies have shown that kids who eat a banana a day are 34% less likely to develop asthma
  • Bananas can help reduce the risk of childhood leukemia and they are associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer
  • They support heat health and can help reduce a person's risk of cardiovascular disease
  • They help reduce the risk of stroke, muscle loss, and preserve bone density and aid memory
  • Lowers blood glucose levels in Type 1 diabetics and improve blood sugar, insulin and lipids in Type 2 diabetics
  • Can be used to treat diarrhea
When I was contacted by Dole to be a Blog Ambassador for their Peel the Love Tour I was so excited.    What is Peel the Love?  It's a year long Dole campaign that celebrates the fun, irreverence, and whimsical side of bananas.  They are doing a Peel the Love "Banana Cabana" Tour that is traveling coast-to-coast.  It's going to cover 26 cities and luckily Jacksonville is one of them!




Here's the dates that they will be at the Winn - Dixies in the Jacksonville area. 



7/20 – Winn-Dixie (96076 Lofton Square Ct., Yulee, FL) – 10am-1pm
7/20 – Winn-Dixie (947 Amelia Plaza, Fernandina Beach, FL) – 3-6pm
7/21 – Winn-Dixie (450078 SR 200, Callahan, FL) – 11am-2pm
7/24 – Winn-Dixie (1545 County Rd. 220, Orange Park, FL) – 10am-1pm
7/24 – Winn-Dixie (290 Solana Rd., Ponte Vedra, FL) – 3-6pm
7/25 – Winn-Dixie (703 Chaffee Rd., Jacksonville, FL) – 10am-1pm
7/25 – Winn-Dixie (5647 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, FL) – 3-6pm


Not in the Jacksonville area?  Click HERE to find out when the Peel the Love "Banana Cabana" Tour will be coming to a city near you!

Here's one of my favorite banana desserts.  I even made this for myself for dessert on vacation!



Grilled Peanut Butter Banana


Ingredients

1 banana
1 T PB2 mixed with .5 T water
1-2 T sugar free maple syrup
Cinnamon

Directions



  1. Spray a piece of aluminum foil with pan spray
  2. Slice your banana in half lengthwise and lay on the foil
  3. Spread the PB2 on one half, sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle half of the syrup
  4. Put the two halves back together, drizzle with the other half of the syrup, and wrap the tinfoil tightly around the banana
  5. Place on the grill for 10-15 minutes until the banana is warm, soft and brown.
  6. Let cool for 2-3 minutes before eating
{It can also be done in a 350 degree oven for 15-25 minutes}

Option 2:  
Directions
  1. Wrap whole banana in sprayed tinfoil
  2. Grill for 10-15 minutes
  3. When it's cool enough to handle {but still warm} mush it with a fork
  4. Lay out 8 graham cracker halves
  5. Spread PB2 on 4 halves, and top with a chocolate square.  
  6. On the other 4 halves spread a thick layer of the warm banana mush.  
  7. Put a PB2 cracker and a banana cracker together
Voila!  A Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana S'more!  Perfect, healthy camping dessert!


What's your favorite banana recipe?  Are y'all going to join me at Winn-Dixie???  

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