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Legalize Banana Smoothies

This morning I woke up with this incredible craving for bananas!

In the summer, we have so many delicious fruits available, like mangoes, peaches, watermelon, cherries — that I find I don’t desire bananas that much during that time.

Yet this morning, my craving for bananas was so intense that I ended up running to the store to get some.

And then I came back and made this huge banana smoothie.

After drinking it, I got this surge of energy.

I thought, this stuff is so good it should be legalized!

Oh wait, bananas are not a drug…

But they might as well be one, a great natural energy booster.

The best way to get started eating more raw foods is to make giant banana smoothies in the morning. And your smoothies don’t need to contain just bananas!

Use bananas as a staple, but also add other fruits and greens such as:

– Frozen fruits (berries are great)
– Fresh seasonal fruits like mango or peaches
– Baby spinach, Swiss chard, kale
– Fresh herbs (try crazy combinations like basil or mint)
– Fruit that will go bad soon if you don’t eat them (like that wrinkled apple in the back of your fridge)

For variety you can even replace water with some almond-milk. Store-bought almond milk may not be raw, but it doesn’t contain that much fat at all, and adds an incredible, creamy taste to smoothies. You could use it occasionally as a treat — but not all the time.

You just can’t go wrong with banana smoothies. As long as you use ripe spotted bananas as the base and some liquid (1/2 cup to 1 cup), then you can add almost anything but sawdust to the smoothie and it will taste good!

Banana smoothies are excellent after exercise, as a recovery drink. Try adding a bit of fresh celery to it to make it even more like a real recovery drink. Celery adds natural sodium which helps in rehydration.

The great thing about bananas is that they are fairly cheap. By calories, it’s certainly the most affordable healthy choice you can make.

When I lived near Montreal, I would buy an entire 40-pound case of organic bananas at a distributor for around $30-35.

Even if you can’t afford organic bananas, don’t be afraid to buy conventional. Conventional bananas are listed very low on the list of pesticide-containing foods. Due to their thick skin, they are considered pretty safe.

Sometimes, you can find bananas for less than 50 cents a pound! When I was younger, I would often buy them at less than 30 cents a pound in some stores. It seems like the days of really cheap food are over, but at least bananas have remained relatively cheap.

I’m not one of those people who say you must absolutely eat 30 bananas a day.

You just need to eat the amount of fruit that you need, based on your energy levels and your lifestyle.

I personally could not make bananas the #1 staple of my diet all the time, but I enjoy them often and overall, it’s probably the main fruit that I eat throughout the year.

If you’ve procrastinated giving raw foods a try, start with banana smoothies. You’ll love them so much that you’ll wonder when they’ll become illegal!

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.