Useful Information for Better Health from the Western Maryland Health System

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Got bananas? Try Yonanas!

During National Nutrition Month last month, WMHS dietitians shared nutrition information in the cafeteria to promote healthy eating.  My focus was on weight management.

During lunch, we made a non-dairy dessert simply from frozen bananas and strawberries, using Yonanas machines. It was a big hit!

The dessert tastes creamy and refreshing like ice cream, but was made with frozen fruit – in minutes. This is great for people with lactose intolerance, those decreasing fat and sugar, such as those with heart disease or diabetes, and anyone trying to increase their fruit intake.  The Yonanas machine is reasonably priced – $49.95 – from a variety of places online – and is easy to use and simple to clean. And talk about healthy! 
Simply freeze fruit, including a banana, and thaw slightly (5 minutes is enough) and feed into the chute and out comes a frozen dessert, much like soft serve ice cream but made with pure frozen fruit. The secret to the creaminess is the banana. It’s a great way to use bananas that are getting too ripe. Just peel them and place in a container in the freezer for later use. 
Bananas are high in potassium, vitamin B6, and fiber and low in sodium. Potassium-rich diets may reduce risk of developing high blood pressure and stoke. And any other frozen fruit blends well with the banana.
So with spring here and summer on the way, now’s the time to go bananas for Yonanas!

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