Banana Fingers provide a quick and easy alternative to regular toast. If you’re going to have toast, you might as well make something that tastes great and is healthy for you, too.

Banana Fingers Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 7 min
Ready In: 12 min

Servings: 1

Ingredient
½ medium ripe 9-inch Banana
1 tbsp fresh Orange Juice
¼ tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 slice Whole Wheat or Oatmeal Bread, toasted

Directions
Preheat broiler. With a fork, mash banana with orange juice and cinnamon. Spread on one side of tasted bread. Place under the broiler until bubbling and lightly browned. Cut into small fingers and serve.

Tips & Notes
The banana is one of nature’s best sources of potassium. Potassium is known to significantly lower the risk of high blood pressure and related diseases like heart attack and strokes.
Bananas are believed to prevent dangerous low-density lipoprotein from oxidizing, which causes it to stick to the walls of the arteries. This accumulation can contribute to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, a major contributor to heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure. Even one serving of a potassium rich food, such as bananas, can lower your risk of stroke by up to 40 percent.
New research is indicating that bananas are helpful in ulcer treatment. They seem to act as a natural antacid. First, they stimulate the stomach’s production of protective mucus which helps to prevent harsh acids from touching the tender stomach lining, causing an ulcer. Second, the protease inhibitor found in bananas appears to kill the harmful bacteria that help to cause ulcers.
Bananas also contain electrolytes, which are essential for maintaining fluid levels and preventing dehydration. One banana provides 30 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin B6. B6 keeps your nervous system in top working condition and boosting immunity.
Folate also is in bananas, which is needed for proper tissue growth, and can protect against birth defects, heart disease and cancer.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 132
Total Fat: 2g
Saturated Fat: 0.4g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 150mg
Total Carbohydrates: 29g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Protein: 41g

Source: DiabetesCare.net

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