Why Bananas Are The Bomb

Why Bananas Are The Bomb

Gwen Stefani had it right.

Let's start by stating the obvious: bananas contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals, which provide many health benefits. They are high in potassium, which lowers blood pressure and protects against heart attacks and strokes. They contain high levels of vitamin B-6, which helps regulate blood sugar and prevent type II diabetes. They are also known for relieving cramps and PMS symptoms. They aid in digestion, are high in fiber, are a natural antacid, and coat the lining of the stomach to protect against ulcers and other harmful acids. There are many other benefits that I won't continue to bore you with, but if you are interested, look them up! You may be surprised. Anyways, its definitely a good thing to get into the habit now as young adults, to include this fruit in as many of your meals as possible. Moderately priced and available all season, these are an easy fit into a college student's diet! And if you want to buy them in bulk they also freeze well and work great frozen in smoothies and ice creams!

Now, I'm going to mention some simple things that I do with bananas, before I get into the recipes. For me, a quick and simple dessert is made by just peeling a banana, placing on a plate, smothering that plate in chocolate syrup, and letting it freeze for about 4 hours. I know at home my mom puts sticks in the bananas to make fun chocolate banana popsicles.

Something else quick and easy is, instead of jelly, use bananas in peanut butter sandwiches. The two flavors pair so well together, plus it reminds me of being a kid, so that's always fun.

Now on to some more interesting recipes. I'm just going to list out the ingredients for you guys, that way you know what to anticipate buying at the store, or for most of these, you will already have all the items. I encourage you to look up the actual recipes on your own because there are literally a million at your disposal.

Bananas Foster


2 tablespoons butter

2 bananas, sliced

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

(Traditionally includes rum, but I figured for our beginner session here we could exclude that. I don't encourage cooking with anything that can cause a flame in a college kitchen).

Banana Bread


2 bananas

1/3 cup melted butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cup flour

Again, this recipe is super simple. You probably already have these ingredients in your cabinet.

Banana Pancakes




No really, that's it. Awesome right?

Banana Ice Cream



That is literally all you need. Cut them, freeze them, and then blend them in a food processor and they have an ice cream texture. It's actually magic. Then just add whatever toppings or mix-ins you want. Totally guilt free.

But seriously guys, there is so much more. Bananas can be used in smoothies, cookies, cakes, you can literally put them in anything so do it. Because they taste great.

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12 Symptoms You Get When You're Addicted To Chick-Fil-A

It is your one true love.

Chick-fil-A, I love you.

Truett Cathy, I owe you my life.

If you love Chick-fil-A, you truly have withdrawals when you're away from it. You may suffer from these symptoms, just like I do.

1. No other breakfast will compare to CFA's.

2. No other fast food joint has hash brown's like CFA's.

3. When you go on vacation, you type in Chick-fil-A to see if there is one nearby.

4. If there isn't, you eat it as soon, I am talking, like, the second, you get back from vacation.

5. You truly don't understand how people "get tired of Chick-fil-A"

6. Besides the occasional change up on Sunday's, CFA is always your number choice of fast food.

7. You legitimately crave it more on Sunday's.

8. Nothing on the menu seems gross to you.

9. Yet, you seem to get the same thing every time you go.

10. Their ice cream is literally the b o m b.

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4 Breakfast Spots Near The University of Kentucky That Will Actually Get You Out Of Bed In The Morning

These places will satisfy all of your breakfast cravings.


If you're a breakfast foodie like I am, you know that is an absolute priority to find the most popular breakfast spots despite the city you may be in. You don't want to visit the touristy and basic restaurants that everyone else goes to, but instead, you are determined to uncover the locations that are the best of the best. Most foodies will go to great lengths to discover these places. As a University of Kentucky student and major foodie, I have searched all over Lexington to find my favorite places to visit on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This took my entire first semester and many trips to the ATM, but today, I am now blessed to say that I am a regular at all 4 of these incredible breakfast spots.

1. The Great Bagel

The Great Bagel is one of my all-time favorite restaurants to visit on Sunday mornings. The restaurant offers a variety of bagel sandwiches and freshly squeezed orange juice, and it makes for the perfect early morning start to a day filled with homework or relaxation.

2. Chocolate Holler

Though not a true restaurant, Chocolate Holler is one of the most popular coffee shops near the University of Kentucky. Because it is only a 3-minute drive from campus, Chocolate Holler is always buzzing with UK students who come to socialize or study. The coffee shop is most well known for its chocolaty drinks and the music is great there, too!

3. Stir Krazy

Stir Krazy is a local smoothie bar down the street that serves protein shakes, smoothies, and tea. Though It only consists of these three beverages, the shakes at Stir Krazy are enough to fill you up for breakfast or lunch. Each shake or smoothies range from 200 to 250 calories and serves as the perfect energizer before a workout or a filling recovery drink after a workout.

4. La Madeleine

La Madeleine is a French breakfast and lunch cafe conveniently located on campus (and only a 30-second walk from my dorm). Their breakfast is served all day long and their croissants are to die for. I highly recommend building your own omelet for the most fulfilling experience. Not to mention, their iced caramel macchiatos are a great refresher on the side.

No matter which city, state, or country I am currently in, I make it my mission to eat as a local would. In Lexington, Kentucky, these four breakfast spots are guaranteed provide you with a plethora of different types of food to get you through even the worst cases of morning hunger. Though these places are my current favorites, I am now looking forward to containing the search for more breakfast restaurants, cafes, and juice bars throughout my next four years in this city.

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