Are bananas that bad?

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  • SLLRunner
    SLLRunner Posts: 12,942 Member
    edited September 2016
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    So, are bananas really that bad?

    Thanks!

    Noooooo....bananas are that good, and I have them every morning with breakfast.

    Love your other half and friends, just don't listen to them when they put down yummy bananas. :)
  • SLLRunner
    SLLRunner Posts: 12,942 Member
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    Dano74 wrote: »
    Bananas aren't bad.

    Unless they're a week old. Then they're horrible.

    That's when you make banana bread or muffins. :)
  • Anvil_Head
    Anvil_Head Posts: 251 Member
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    sprepej wrote: »
    You can make great, super-healthy "ice cream" by pureeing a sliced, frozen banana with some (unsweetened) cocoa powder, maybe some cinnamon, and just enough plant milk (I use Silk unsweetened vanilla cashew milk). You can even throw in a little frozen mango, too. It comes out like soft serve ice cream, and it's loaded with potassium and all kinds of good things. Banana is great for you, and so is the unsweetened cocoa powder.

    Even easier yet - buy a Yonanas machine. You put frozen bananas into it and it makes them into soft serve ice cream, no other ingredients added. It works with other fruits too, really a cool machine.
  • BinaryPulsar
    BinaryPulsar Posts: 8,927 Member
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    Oh yeah. I agree. Bananas are yummy in smoothies.
  • SLLRunner
    SLLRunner Posts: 12,942 Member
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    Anvil_Head wrote: »
    sprepej wrote: »
    You can make great, super-healthy "ice cream" by pureeing a sliced, frozen banana with some (unsweetened) cocoa powder, maybe some cinnamon, and just enough plant milk (I use Silk unsweetened vanilla cashew milk). You can even throw in a little frozen mango, too. It comes out like soft serve ice cream, and it's loaded with potassium and all kinds of good things. Banana is great for you, and so is the unsweetened cocoa powder.

    Even easier yet - buy a Yonanas machine. You put frozen bananas into it and it makes them into soft serve ice cream, no other ingredients added. It works with other fruits too, really a cool machine.

    I just looked the Yonanas up online and they are reasonably priced.
  • icemom011
    icemom011 Posts: 999 Member
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    Slashnl wrote: »
    Good source of potassium, and they're filling! I usually eat one a day, been losing a lb per week at least. I believe most if not all natural foods are healthy, within calorie limits of course.

    ETA: I do avoid eating those evil spotted ones. I throw those in the freezer for later use in banana bread!!

    Really? Do they freeze well? Do you just throw them in there whole or do you peel them first?

    They freeze well. I don't overcomplicate things and freeze them unpeeled and whole. You can cut the piece you need, then peel it. It doesn't peel as well as fresh ones, but they are great. You can make ice cream out of them too, as well as smoothies, baking., whatever you want.
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 32,979 Member
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    I enjoy a banana with my nonfat latte when I go out with my besties for coffee after rowing. I'm not dead yet, and I'm way older than you. (Oh, and I achieved all my weight loss goals, all the while eating those bananas.) Enjoy!
  • icemom011
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    kshama2001 wrote: »
    Slashnl wrote: »
    Good source of potassium, and they're filling! I usually eat one a day, been losing a lb per week at least. I believe most if not all natural foods are healthy, within calorie limits of course.

    ETA: I do avoid eating those evil spotted ones. I throw those in the freezer for later use in banana bread!!

    Really? Do they freeze well? Do you just throw them in there whole or do you peel them first?

    I do this when I freeze bananas:

    http://thepioneerwoman.com/food-and-friends/how-to-freeze-bananas/

    Thanks! That saved me time writing out my freezing steps. I simplify it a bit - I don't use parchment paper or plastic wrap, and I cut them into bigger chunks. I put them in ziplock bags after they are frozen.

    They can't be frozen indefinitely - they will start to brown after a few months.

    That's why you just freeze them whole, unpeeled
  • lissmayer
    lissmayer Posts: 86 Member
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    If you have a reasonably powerful blender, you can make soft serve with only frozen bananas- no special gadget needed. It's my favorite.
  • lynn_glenmont
    lynn_glenmont Posts: 10,028 Member
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    kshama2001 wrote: »
    Slashnl wrote: »
    Good source of potassium, and they're filling! I usually eat one a day, been losing a lb per week at least. I believe most if not all natural foods are healthy, within calorie limits of course.

    ETA: I do avoid eating those evil spotted ones. I throw those in the freezer for later use in banana bread!!

    Really? Do they freeze well? Do you just throw them in there whole or do you peel them first?

    I do this when I freeze bananas:

    http://thepioneerwoman.com/food-and-friends/how-to-freeze-bananas/

    Thanks! That saved me time writing out my freezing steps. I simplify it a bit - I don't use parchment paper or plastic wrap, and I cut them into bigger chunks. I put them in ziplock bags after they are frozen.

    They can't be frozen indefinitely - they will start to brown after a few months.

    I don't bother with freezing before I put them in ziplock bags. I just break each banana into 3 or 4 chunks, slip them into wax paper (I save empty cereal bags for this purpose) to minimize frost formation, put them in a ziplock bag, and toss them in the freezer. I pretty much only use them for smoothies, and don't defrost them first, so I don't know if they'd work for baking when frozen this way.
  • Sloth2016
    Sloth2016 Posts: 838 Member
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    Add enough ice cream and chocolate sauce and they're palatable.
  • Chilli7777
    Chilli7777 Posts: 112 Member
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    I eat bananas just about every day...sometimes 2 of them a day...and ive lost just under 25 lbs in 10 weeks
  • ncboiler89
    ncboiler89 Posts: 2,408 Member
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    I don't feel like reading this entire thread. So someone please let me know the outcome. Are bananas great or not!? And if the ladies can tell me how they compare to cucumbers, in great detail, I will appreciate that as well. Thanks in advance!
  • smotheredincheese
    smotheredincheese Posts: 559 Member
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    ncboiler89 wrote: »
    I don't feel like reading this entire thread. So someone please let me know the outcome. Are bananas great or not!? And if the ladies can tell me how they compare to cucumbers, in great detail, I will appreciate that as well. Thanks in advance!

    So the general consensus is that bananas are good, they do good work for the community and always pay their taxes. Occasionally you will get one that goes rogue and starts chain-smoking and eventually robs a gas station for drugs money, and those ones are best avoided (although you can threaten to make them in to banana bread if they don't straighten up).
  • Kelbelb75
    Kelbelb75 Posts: 90 Member
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    I have a banana everyday, sometimes 2! I fit them in my calorie limit though. I love banana's so much! Love. Them. Yum!!
  • akf2000
    akf2000 Posts: 278 Member
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    Well done for going through a whole 3 pages without any mention of Ba*a*a Girl, and her implicit derailing of threads whenever her name is mentioned. Those people seem to have gone quiet recently, thank goodness.
  • GottaBurnEmAll
    GottaBurnEmAll Posts: 7,722 Member
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    daniip_la wrote: »
    savithny wrote: »
    Dano74 wrote: »
    Bananas aren't bad.

    Unless they're a week old. Then they're horrible.

    They're also pretty bad if they're not ripe yet.

    The main problem with bananas is that they have such a small window of perfection between "this banana is green and hard," and "this banana is spotted and smooshy."

    The only stage of banana I actually like is when it's still a little green and hard. Any riper and the smell/taste nearly makes me sick.

    Right there with you. Still a touch of green, still firm, but no longer starchy. That, to my taste buds, is the sweetest stage.

    Same for me. Just the teeniest hint of green. I don't mind a tiny bit of brown, but too much brown and they're not my thing any more. They're good for mug cake at that point.
  • ARGriffy
    ARGriffy Posts: 1,002 Member
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    I love fruit. I eat shed loads of the stuff. Bananas especially, ill make banana egg pancakes, smoothies and have them frozen as icecream! I've lost and maintained just fine so do not stress. I freaking love the things! Sidenote, yesterday I had a smoothie with a banana and vita coconut water with pineapple and sweet lord it was amazing you should try!!
  • GottaBurnEmAll
    GottaBurnEmAll Posts: 7,722 Member
    edited September 2016
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    Anvil_Head wrote: »
    sprepej wrote: »
    You can make great, super-healthy "ice cream" by pureeing a sliced, frozen banana with some (unsweetened) cocoa powder, maybe some cinnamon, and just enough plant milk (I use Silk unsweetened vanilla cashew milk). You can even throw in a little frozen mango, too. It comes out like soft serve ice cream, and it's loaded with potassium and all kinds of good things. Banana is great for you, and so is the unsweetened cocoa powder.

    Even easier yet - buy a Yonanas machine. You put frozen bananas into it and it makes them into soft serve ice cream, no other ingredients added. It works with other fruits too, really a cool machine.

    I think I need this in my life.

    Edit: And ordered from Amazon. Reasonably priced and can use any fruit? Strawberry sorbet, here I come. I will finally use up all the mushy bananas in my freezer too. Thanks for the recommendation, man!
  • sarahkw04
    sarahkw04 Posts: 87 Member
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    I eat a banana before my 6AM workouts. It's a quick energy boost that helps sling those heavy weights around!