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Good Reasons to Add Bananas Into a Healthy Diet

Did You Know that a banana gives an instant, sustained, and substantial boost of energy?

They do and bananas have healthy benefits for a lot of diets.

  • If you are allergic to bananas and banana products please do not add this food item into your diet.  Always speak with a healthcare professional prior to making changes in diets.  Thank you.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose, and glucose combined with fiber. And research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.

How much potassium is in a banana? (4)

We are often asked ‘how much potassium is in a banana?’ Well, the average Chiquita banana contains about 422 mg of potassium (a little less than ½ a gram), making bananas a potassium superfruit—that’s 13% of the daily-recommended amount of potassium from only one Chiquita banana!

And did you know that the potassium in bananas stimulates your muscles, nerves and brain cells, and as a bonus, can also help reduce blood pressure and risk of stroke.

Get the Potassium You Need – Recommended Amounts per Age Group
With all of the incredible benefits of potassium in bananas, it’s no wonder the Chiquita banana is one of the first solid foods new moms feed their babies. The Food and Nutrition Center of the Institute of Medicine has recommended the following potassium amounts per day for infants, children and adults.

(1 banana = 0.422g of potassium)

Potassium for Infants:
0-6 months: 0.4 grams a day (g/day)
7-12 months: 0.7 g/day
Potassium for Children and Adolescents:
1-3 years: 3.0 g/day
4-8 years: 3.8 g/day
9-13 years: 4.5 g/day
14-18 years: 4.7 g/day
Potassium for Adults:
Age 19 and older: 4.7 g/day

Quick Protein Powder Banana Smoothie Recipe

Here’s a simple and delicious way to add protein to fresh fruit and juice.

  • 2   whole Bananas, sliced
  • Add  protein powder of choice, and for a smoother version add 3 oz. non fat , low sugar, Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4   cup chilled Pineapple juice
  • 1/2   cup  of soy or coconut, or rice or *if not allergic to nuts – cashew or almond – milk.

Instructions for quick Protein Power Chiquita Banana Smoothie Recipe

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately or place in a freezer safe container and freeze to make a frozen treat.


Eating bananas can also help prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions when added to the daily diet.

  1. Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so help in cases of anemia.
  2. Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood, and generally make you feel happier. (2)
  3. Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body. When suffering from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
  4. High Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat high blood pressure. So much so, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. (3)
  5. Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
  6. Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins, which help calm the nervous system.
  7. PMS: The vitamin B6 that bananas contain regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
  8. Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain, and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be re-balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.  (2)
  9. Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%  (1)

(1) http://www.jwatch.org/na35633/2014/09/18/banana-day-stroke-prevention

(2) http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM195907022610104

(3) http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/beating-high-blood-pressure-with-food

(4) http://www.chiquitabananas.com/worlds-favorite-fruit/bananas-and-potassium.aspx

Nutrition; Eggs Are Good Food

Eggs And Nutritional Information:

Eggs have been part of the human diet ever since ancient times, when early civilizations, such as Egyptians started domesticating wild fowls. Now, eggs are a mainstay in many people’s meals due to their outstanding nutritional content.

The protein in eggs is the highest-quality protein found in any food. Eggs also contain essential nutrients like vitamin B12, eye health-promoting antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein, cancer-fighting amino acids tyrosine and tryptophan, and choline, which aids in fetal brain development.

The fact is that a lot of the seemingly healthy egg varieties you see in supermarkets are actually nothing more than an advertising trick.

One example is omega-3 eggs, or “nutrient-enhanced eggs,” which actually come from chickens that are given poor-quality sources of omega-3 fats that are already oxidized. They also perish much faster than non-omega-3 eggs.

In order to ensure the quality of your eggs, I urge you to keep an eye out for organic, pastured varieties from local farmers who allow their hens to forage freely outdoors.

  1. PROTEIN If you start your weekday with cereal or toast instead of eggs, here’s a wake-up call: Did you know eggs have 6 grams of high-quality protein? And did you know a protein-packed breakfast helps sustain mental and physical energy throughout the day? That’s good news, especially if you’re a body-building chess champion.
  2. GOT CHOLINE? Eggs are rich in choline, which is a weird word but it’s a “good weird” because choline promotes normal cell activity, liver function and the transportation of nutrients throughout the body. Think of it as a commuter train for vitamins and minerals.
  3. ZERO CARBS NO SUGAR Eggs contain zero carbs and no sugar. That means you can eat a well-rounded breakfast during the week without feeling round yourself.
  4. AMINO ACIDS Eggs have all 9 essential amino acids. Seems like a lot but remember – they ARE essential.
  5. MORE FOOD FOR THOUGHT Unlike most cereals and yogurt, eggs don’t come with a complicated, jam-packed ingredient list because they only contain one ingredient. It’s called “eggs.” And at 15¢ a serving, eggs are the least expensive source of high-quality protein.* That’s right, 15¢.
  6. NO GLUTEN? NO PROBLEM. Let’s not forget that eggs are naturally gluten-free. Always have been, always will be. And that’s awesome because there isn’t exactly a glut of gluten-free breakfast options.

Free-Range, Pasteurized, Cage-Free Organic… Do These Words Mean Anything?

You may have spotted these words on some egg cartons, which seem to convince and assure consumers that the products come from reliable, high-quality sources.

But in reality, these terms DO NOT guarantee the conditions in which the chickens are raised. For example, some “cage-free” hens are allowed to forage, but only in unpleasant environments, such as barren lots. Or they may have been fed an unnatural diet of grains and synthetic additives.

You may have also been enticed to buy eggs with smooth white shells, but this actually has no effect on the eggs’ nutrition value. In fact, if you want to find out the real nutritional value of your egg, I advise you to check the yolk. Dull, pale yellow yolks are a sure sign that the eggs are produced by caged hens raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and were not allowed to forage for their natural diet.

Eggs are good for……………………….

Weight management: The high-quality protein in eggs helps you to feel fuller longer and stay energized, which contributes to maintaining a healthy weight.1

Muscle strength and muscle-loss prevention: Research indicates that high-quality protein may help active adults build muscle strength and help prevent muscle loss in middle-aged and aging adults.2

Healthy pregnancy: Egg yolks are an excellent source of choline, an essential nutrient that contributes to fetal brain development and helps prevent birth defects. Two eggs provide about 250 milligrams of choline, or roughly half of the recommended daily intake for pregnant and breastfeeding women.3

Brain function: Choline also aids the brain function of adults by maintaining the structure of brain cell membranes, and is a key component of the neuro-transmitter that helps relay messages from the brain through nerves to the muscles.4

Eye health: Lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in egg yolks, help prevent macular degeneration, a leading cause of age-related blindness. Though eggs contain a small amount of these two nutrients, research shows that the lutein from eggs may be more bioavailable than lutein from other food sources.5

For additional information and benefits of eggs, visit www.eggnutritioncenter.org


1 Weigle DS, et al. 2005. A high-protein diet induces sustained reductions in appetite, ad libitum caloric intake, and body weight despite compensatory changes in diurnal plasma leptin and ghrelin concentrations. Am J Clin Nutr. 82:41-48.

2 Evans WJ. 2004. Protein Nutrition, Exercise and Aging. J Am Coll Nutr. 23(6)601S-609S.

3 Zeisel SH. Choline: Critical role during fetal development and dietary requirements in adults. Annu Rev Nutr, 2006; 26:229-50.

4 Moeller SM, et al. 2000. The Potential Role of Dietary Xanthophylls in Cataract and Age-Related Macular Degeneration. J Am Coll Nutr. 19(5):522S-527S.

5 Chung HY, et al. Lutein bioavailability is higher from lutein-enriched eggs than from supplements and spinach in men. J Nutr. 2004; 134:1887-1893.


Quick and Simple Recipe: Microwave Coffee Cup Scramble

For a quick and easy breakfast in less than 3 minutes, try this microwave egg scramble. Just add your favorite toppings & take it to go!
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1-1/2 minutes
Servings: 1 serving


2 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. shredded Cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper


Step 1 COAT 12-oz. microwave-safe coffee mug with cooking spray. ADD eggs and milk* (Optional) ; beat until blended.
Step 2 MICROWAVE on HIGH 45 seconds; stir. MICROWAVE until eggs are almost set, 30 to 45 seconds longer.
Step 3 TOP with cheese; season with salt and pepper.



http://www.incredibleegg.org    http://www.eggnutritioncenter.org

Probiotics; Beneficial Forms of Gut Bacteria Found In Food

Benefits of Probiotics


What is a Probiotic?

Probiotics are beneficial forms of gut bacteria that help stimulate the natural digestive juices and enzymes that keep our digestive organs functioning properly. In addition to taking a  probiotic supplement, individuals can also eat probiotic foods that are a host to these live bacterium.

After being treated for a C. difficile infection there are some foods one needs to avoid. However, there are many foods that are beneficial for people recovering from C. difficile infection. There are foods that introduce friendly bacteria and they are called probiotics which repopulate the gut with good bacteria.

A recent study found that the probiotic foods that are effective in reducing diarrhea need to consist of the live cultures L.casei, L.bulgaricus, and S.thermophilus.

Natural Probiotic bacteria can be found in fermented foods such as;  Sauerkraut which is not only extremely rich in healthy live cultures, but might also helps with reducing allergy symptoms. Sauerkraut also contains vitamins B, A, E and C.

Tempeh (fermented soybean) A great substitute for meat or tofu, tempeh is a fermented, probiotic-rich grain made from soy beans. A great source of vitamin B12, this vegetarian food can be sauteed, baked or eaten crumbled on salads. Tempeh is also very low in salt, which makes it an ideal choice for those on a low-sodium diet.

Miso (fermented soybean paste) is one the main-stays of traditional Japanese medicine and is commonly used in macrobiotic cooking as a digestive regulator. Made from fermented rye, beans, rice or barley, adding a tablespoon of miso to some hot water makes an excellent, quick, probiotic-rich soup, full of live lactobacilli and bifidus bacteria.

Yogurt is one of the best probiotic foods with live cultures.   Look for brands made from goat’s milk  that have been infused with extra forms of probitoics such as lactobacillus or acidophilus. Goat’s milk and cheese are particularly high in probiotics like thermophillus, bifudus, bulgaricus and acidophilus. Be sure to read the ingredients list, as not all yogurt is made equally. Many popular brands are filled with fructose corn syrup and artificial sweetners.

Kefir (yeast grain)  very similar to yogurt, this fermented dairy product is a unique combination of goat’s milk and fermented kefir grains. High in live lactobacilli and bifidus bacteria.   Look for a good, organic version at your local health food store or food store organic selections.


Karen Factor, RD, MS, Chairperson of Nutrition Wellness

May 22, 2014

C. difficile; Maintaining Hydration – Ice Pop Recipes



Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Pops
Gluten Free
Recipe yields six ice pops.





1 13.5 oz can of full-fat organic coconut milk
3/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, of your choice
1/2 cup coconut sugar (maple sugar, brown sugar would also work)
generous pinch of salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup and 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips, vegan or gluten-free
Place both milks, coconut sugar (or sugar of your choose) and salt in a small saucepan and cook stirring over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, let cool for a bit, then stir in vanilla. Divide the 1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips between the bottoms of the Popsicle molds. (reserve the remaining chips for later). Fill the ice pop molds with milk mixture leaving a small amount of room on top. *do not put sticks and covers on at this time * Freeze until only partially frozen, about 1 to 2 hours. Remove from freezer adding the remaining half of the chips. Insert sticks and freeze until totally solid.







Strawberry (Coconut  is Optional) Frozen Fruit Pops
and/or Smoothie

Gluten-free, Vegan (Organic) with no added sugar.
Recipe yields six frozen pops or one large smoothie

1 cup fresh organic strawberries, cleaned and peeled
1 frozen organic banana
3/4 cup Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk
1/2 cup ice cold cold water
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut ** optional
Add all of the ingredients to blender and blend until smooth and creamy. When making the frozen fruit pops pour the mixture into the Popsicle mold and chill for a minimum of 4 hours or until completely solid.
For a Smoothie: Pour blended mixture into a glass and serve.

C. difficile infection; Maintaining Nutrition




As we know those combating a C-Diff Infection deal with the major symptom; diarrhea. This can cause a person to lose large amounts of water, alter electrolytes, and loose minerals.  However, certain foods can help one to overcome the symptoms of diarrhea. It is important to drink clear liquids such as juices, decaffeinated tea, or sports drinks, gelatin, frozen ices, and water. Bland foods are also appropriate such as applesauce, bananas, canned soft fruits, crackers, eggs, mashed potatoes, pretzels, smooth nut butters, toast, white rice and especially soups.

* Please Note:  If an individual is unable to maintain adequate hydration and nutrition, contact the Physician and seek medical attention as soon as possible.  Dehydration can be life threatening *

Soups provide fluid, sodium, calories and vitamins. One soup that provides fluid replacement, protein, maintains nutrition, and is relatively easy to prepare is a simple matzoh ball soup.

Recipe: Matzoh Ball soup

2 quarts of salted water
3 eggs,
¼ cup of oil
Large dash each salt and pepper
1 cup of matzoh meal(approx)

Bring water to a boil. While you are waiting for water to heat combine eggs, oil, salt and pepper. Then mix in matzoh meal, a little at a time, until the mixture is thickened but still sticky. Matzoh meal absorbs lots of water, so wait 10 minutes or so to see if you need more. Aim for your batter to feel like modeling clay.

Wet your hands and roll batter into balls; for large balls, roll them into the size of a small egg. For smaller balls, aim for walnut-sized. Drop balls into the boiling water, then reduce heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Makes approx 12 small matzoh balls.


April 2014: K. Factor, R.D., MS – Chairperson of Nutrition Wellness