Fruit of the Week: Banana pt. 3

Health:
– Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6
– Contain moderate amounts of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber
– Although bananas are often thought to have exceptional potassium content, their actual potassium content is relatively low per typical food serving at only 8% of the Daily Value
– A compilation of potassium content in common foods consumed in the United States shows that raw bananas rank 1,611th; some foods with higher potassium content include beans, milk, apricots, carrots, sweet green bell peppers and potatoes
– Banana ingestion may affect dopamine production in people deficient in the amino acid tyrosine, a dopamine precursor present in bananas
– Individuals with a latex allergy may experience a reaction to bananas

Oven Baked Sweet Plantains

Oven Baked Sweet Plantains
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
4 very ripe plantains (when the skin is yellow with spots of black they’re perfect)
cooking spray

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
2. Coat a nonstick cookie sheet with cooking spray.
3. Cut the ends off of the plantains and peel.
4. Cut each plantain on the diagonal into 1/2 inch slices.
5. Arrange in single layer and coat tops with cooking spray.
6. Bake, turning occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, until plantains are golden brown and very tender.
7. Enjoy!

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