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Buying Marked-Down Bananas

On an episode of Alton Brown’s Good Eats, Alton is describing how he makes smoothies for breakfast every morning, and he gives some tips for choosing the ingredients.  He says that when it comes to smoothies, frozen fruits are best, and he especially likes bananas for their creamy texture.  This is when he gives the best tip:  buy the reduced-price/marked-down bananas, bring them home, wrap each one in plastic wrap, and freeze them.  They may look all beat up on the outside, but they’re perfectly ripe on the inside.

Well, guess what?  He’s right!  I’ve done this the last couple times I’ve gone to the store.  The first time, there were just three, but I bought them and froze them.  They were perfectly fine on the inside.  Today, I bought a bigger bunch, about 6 bananas.  I got them home and saw that I had paid 70 cents for organic bananas.  I hardly ever buy organic bananas.  We also bought a regular bunch of bananas and paid about $2 for them, so those smoothie bananas were a great deal!

This should really help my goal for the near future of having a smoothie every day for breakfast.

Give it a try!  Buy marked down bananas.  Bring them home, wrap them up, and freeze them for your smoothies.  Yummy!

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Trying 21-Day Tummy Recipes

As I mentioned before, I’m preparing for starting the 21-Day Tummy diet by buying some of the nonperishables and frozens ahead of time and by trying out some of the recipes from the book.  The recipes I decided to try first were the smoothie recipes because during the first 5 days, you replace one meal, usually breakfast, with a smoothie.  The first day, I made a chocolate, peanut butter, and banana smoothie recipe from the book:

In a blender mix

  • 6 ounces of nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 Tablespoons light coconut milk (I used unsweetened So Delicious brand.)
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa
  • ice and water to get to desired consistency

It turned out to be a decent smoothie that I would probably repeat.

The second one I tried was a strawberry banana smoothie.  I altered the recipe in the book a bit because it called for blueberries and strawberries and rather than having just a strawberry smoothie since I didn’t have blueberries, I replaced it with banana.  It also called for almond butter, but I didn’t have any of it either (because it’s really expensive).  So I just used peanut butter again.  It also called for unsweetened cocoa, but I don’t like fruit and chocolate together.  So I, instead, put a little ginger in.

  • 6 ounces of nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 2 Tablespoons light coconut milk (I used unsweetened So Delicious brand.)
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of peanut butter
  • a touch of fresh grated ginger
  • ice and water to get to desired consistency

Obviously, the combinations in the this smoothie are a little weird, but all the ingredients are belly buddies that help digestion.  This smoothie (pictured above) was okay, too.  Neither was as sweet as I usually make my smoothies, and the peanut butter taste really comes through, so it will take some adjusting.  However, I think a smoothie every morning is definitely doable.

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The other recipe I tried was “Mustard-Rubbed Pork Cutlet.”  It’s not a true recipe from the book.  It just gives these basic directions:  “Spread 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard on top of a 4-ounce boneless center cut pork chop, sprinkle with a dash of salt and paprika, and roast in the oven…”  And that’s exactly what I did x4.  I didn’t know what  temperature to cook it at or for how long, so I did 400 for 35 minutes.  They were very well done, so I probably could’ve cooked them at a bit lower temperature or for a shorter time.

I was skeptical that I would like them because I honestly do not like mustard.  However, they were absolutely delicious and super easy.  I was feeling sick, tired, and had the biggest headache but was still able to quickly get them together and into the oven.  Now, that’s a good recipe.

Let’s keep trying out recipes (and I’ll keep sharing some) and stocking up our kitchens for the 21-Day Tummy diet.  Remember the goal is to start by the first of November.  Honestly, I’ll probably start November 3rd, which is a Monday, so that I can use the weekend before to do some prep work.  I’ll keep you updated!

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