Benefits of Banana Peels
Recipe – BLT Salad
Who knew that something as mundane as a banana peel could have so many uses? If I am not being lazy, the banana peel will make it into the compost bin/pile or into a flower bed to decompose, but more often than not it goes straight into the trash.
Several weeks ago, I listened to a gal talk about rubbing the inside of the banana peel all over her face and all the benefits there were to doing this. Say what??? Got me curious.
Of course, I did the only rational thing to do upon hearing this news. I promptly came home, ate a banana and rub the peel all over my face. I can say it was very soothing and as it dried it felt no different from any other face mask I have used in the past. But did it work you ask? Not sure, since I really wasn’t sure why I had rubbed the darn peel all over me in the first place.
Obviously, this led me to digging up facts and some interesting ones I did find:
We all know that bananas are filled with potassium but did you know the skin is loaded with it as well? It is also full of the carotenoid, lutein. You can read more about lutein here as well as bulk up your knowledge on potassium here.
The inside of a banana peel, helps control acne. I was suffering from a lovely case of breakouts due to my monthly cycle, so for 3 days in a row I rubbed peels all over my face. I do have to admit, the acne dried up and disappeared quicker than normal. Coincidence??
Do you suffer from psoriasis or eczema? It is said by rubbing the peel over the affected area, one will see a significant reduction in flare ups. Keep in mind that initially the site will become redder before calming down.
Poison ivy anyone? They say rubbing the affected area will reduce inflammation and itching caused by exposure to poison ivy. Worth a try I think. Makes me wonder about mosquito bites or chigger bites??
So there you have it. Who knew, right? BTW, if you do not wish to indulge in rubbing peels all over your skin, I read the peel is also great for polishing silver and leather. Hhmm!
BLT Salad – adapted from a Southern Living recipe
I recently came across a recipe in my latest SL magazine that looked easy and delicious. Because I am so often not prepared for what I am going to make, I had to improvise. I am very happy with how my rendition turned out. In the SL recipe it called for only arugula as the base leaf, no avocado or sunflower seeds and the dressing base was mayonnaise.
6 slices of applewood bacon
Spinach leaves and arugula – if you don’t like sharp bitter lettuce, skip the arugula
1 small sweet onion or red onion
Large tomatoes cut up or a large handful of cherry tomatoes
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
Cook bacon on the stove top and reserve some of the bacon drippings to saute the onions. While bacon is cooking, in a separate bowl mash-up garlic into a paste. Add the yogurt and 2 tbps of lemon juice. Season with s&p or any other seasoning you may like. Mix well. If too thick, add more lemon juice.
Slice onions, avocado and tomatoes. Remove bacon and saute onions in reserved bacon grease. Remove when caramelized. Arrange lettuce on the plate, crumble bacon all over, add onions, avo and tomatoes and sprinkle with sunflower seeds. Top with a hint of the dressing to give some added flavor and moisture but not over power the taste of the dish.
If you eat wheat, the SL recipes calls for complimenting the dish with some kind of crunchy bread.
I would love to hear your thoughts or experiences on the banana peels as well as any great summer salad recipes you may have, please comment below.
Enjoy and cheers to your health,
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