Ripe spotty bananas are best!

Going bananas on a raw foods diet!

I use bananas as a safe sweetener for me as I do not react adversely to them.

When I first started out on my raw foods diet, bananas were an absolute lifesaver as they were one of the few foods I could safely eat. I had severe Histamine Intolerance and I could not find anything much, that I could eat, that did not give me severe adverse symptoms. My “Histamine Bucket” was overflowing and my body was reacting to just about everything. I had severe joint pain, an itchy skin rash over much of my body and my insides generally felt as though they were on fire.  Any food seemed to make my throat tighten and caused my tongue to swell and  my mouth to be sore.

One day I remember that I ate about 6 bananas and nothing else at all!

Apparently bananas are actually berries and they grow on a tall herb rather than a tree. Who knew? A medium-sized banana contains about 100 calories, and provides a quick but sustained energy boost in a natural and nutritious form. Bananas are easy to digest  and contain negligible fat and no cholesterol or sodium.

Contrary to the popular belief that bananas are our best source of potassium, bananas don’t even make it to the top one hundred of potassium containing foods although they do, of course,  contain some potassium along with magnesium and other nutrients.  More later about this!

Bananas contain tryptophan which is a type of protein that our bodies convert into serotonin, known to promote relaxation and improve mood. So they are not just a pretty face! :) I have found that my general anxiety levels have greatly diminished since I adopted my raw foods diet. I will also tell you more about this soon.

I use bananas to sweeten a lot of things I make, including my green smoothies. I make raw cakes and biscuits with them. I also eat bananas as a dessert in their own right.

Here is a simple recipe that is a winner with anyone visiting my home.

Here I have blended the following:

Frozen banana

Frozen mango

a small amount of coconut water to make the blender operate!

If you do not have a powerful blender you may need to let the frozen fruit defrost a little before blending, or even just use some fruits that have been chilled rather than frozen. It must be said, thought, that frozen banana does give an amazing  flavour. Here is the blended result.

Ripe Banana And Mango Smoothie. It is so simple and yet so tasty!

 

Ripe  Banana and Mango Smoothie

Ripe Banana and Mango Smoothie for my  Raw Foods Diet

 

By the way, The speckled banana in the photograph above is, in my opinion, just ripe enough to be very sweet. I don’t eat bananas that do not have speckles! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 replies
  1. Anne Cairncross
    Anne Cairncross says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to shine a light on the path for those behind you on the journey through HIT. You are an encouragement.

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  2. Bee
    Bee says:

    I’m wondering if you had this experience or why I might be having this issue. My banana smoothies (more like bananas ice cream, as I use ripe frozen bananas) leave me feeling exhausted, beyond fatigued, brain fogged, instantly fall asleep (when I usually struggle with insomnia…. But it’s almost narcoleptic-like after eating bananas), poor mood, nerve pain and foot cramps, to name a few. However, I don’t get bloated or any noticeable gi issues, which is generally always an issue for me.

    Could I be having a histamine reaction or is there something else going on? I literally cannot figure out what foods are “safe” for me and ive been trying to figure this out for years. I’m mostly raw vegan as well, but having a hard time figuring out what to eat…. Elimination diets and testing haven’t proved to be helpful, as my reactions arent always consistent

    Thanks for your insight…. Love your website!

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    • Su
      Su says:

      Does sound like you could be having a histamine overload from something. I had to eat very simply ( just a few foods) and low histamine for a few days to really be able to feel good when I started. Please see Dr Fuhrman’s lists of low histamine foods to try on this blog. Please remember I am not a doctor and I cannot give medical advice so please do consult your doctor or Dr Fuhrman if worried. .

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