Last year, when I was just starting to really become familiar with veganism, I had so many questions. My questions were not about protein or vitamins, but in regards to banana consumption, rawnola, and how to eat without going broke or getting bored. It seemed like every vegan account I followed on Instagram already knew how to make banana nicecream. Was this a club that everyone got a manual to when they joined? Obviously not, but I did feel like there were things happening on Instagram that informational vegan websites were just not up to date on.
In the past year, I have learned so much. I have learned how to eat purely and vegan wherever I am - even if I am traveling, at home, or eating out. I have learned all about bananas, which are probably the #1 food consumed by vegans universally. I have learned how to cook with less oil, less salt, and less sugar (hint: medjool dates). I learned how easy & affordable it is to make my own nut milk at home, where to buy affordable produce, and how to stock my fridge and pantry so that healthy eating is always accessible.
This will be the first post in "Vegan Basics." I have more planned out for the future. Non-vegans can benefit from this too, so if you're not a vegan, don't worry- keep reading on. This series isn't meant to exclude non-vegans, but to offer insight and a helping hand to everyone!
If you have any questions or suggestions for the series, please don't be shy, and reach out to me in the comment section below, or on my Instagram page: @littleandalot
Okay. Let's talk about bananas! First off, YUM. If you don't like bananas, try this tutorial of how to freeze them, and just use them to sweeten your smoothies.
Banana health benefits:
•Heart health- potassium, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6
•Lower blood pressure- potassium, low sodium
•Boost mood and preserve memory- bananas contain tryptophan (an amino acid that plays a role in preserving memory) which is then converted into serotonin, which makes you feel happy
•Protections against free radicals- magnesium, vitamin C, & B6
•Vision- vitamin A
"Bananas are known to reduce swelling, protect against developing type-2 diabetes, aid in weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and help with production of white blood cells, all due to the high level of vitamin B6 that bananas contain." -Laura Flores, Nutritionist
So... Without further ado, here is how to simply & properly freeze bananas.
Plastic container with an air-tight lid
1. Make sure that your bananas are properly ripe! They should be soft and have yellow peels with lots of brown spots. Like the ones below on the left. The ones on the right are still not ripe enough!
2. Cut 3 or 4 pieces of parchment to properly fit into your chosen storage container.
3. Place one piece of parchment into the bottom of the container.
4. Peel all your bananas and break them in half or thirds.
5. Place banana pieces onto parchment paper with space between each piece. When the first layer is full, place another sheet of parchment paper down, and repeat until your container is full or you run out of ripe bananas.
6. Cover your final layer with parchment paper, then place the lid on, making sure it has an airtight seal because freezer burned bananas are :(
7. They will take about a day to freeze, so you won't be able to make nicecream right away...but you will tomorrow!