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Banana Benefits

Posted Oct 25 2010 5:23pm
Nothing says “num num num” like homemade banana pudding. I remember when I was little how my mom used to make it for me. She knew it was one of my favorites and when she decided to treat me to some, I was so excited! There’s just something about comfort food….maybe it’s the fact that it brings back warm memories, or is it just that it tastes so darn good? icon smile Banana Benefits See below for an easy banana pudding recipe (I’d figured I’d provide that since I’ve probably given you a craving for it by now!)

This is Bananas…B-A-N-A-N-A-S Thinking about my mom’s homemade banana pudding recipe made me realize just how beneficial bananas are for your skin. I had previously did a bit of research on bananas but never put it to the test. This past weekend I decided to play with my food (just like when I was a baby..hehe) and create a healthy facial for my face. I just happened to have a (very) ripe banana and was wondering what to do with it. The perfect opportunity came on Saturday morning. I had just finished a workout (those endorphins had kicked in!) and I was in the mood to “pamper” myself a bit. But why bananas? Here’s why…

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Bananas- the perfect food and skin care ingredient.

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It’s also great for the hair and you can even use the peel to rub onto your skin.

Mom Said Not to Play with Your Food… So when I went to mash up my banana, I thought, I can make this mask even better by adding a few more ingredients. So I threw in a bit of yogurt and raw honey to make it an even more nourishing mask. Yogurt acts as a wonderful exfoliator and is rich in zinc. It can clear up blemishes, improve skin texture, and add a lovely glow to your skin. I’ve always loved honey for skin care. Read more about it’s benefits here .

So how did my face mask come out? First of all, it smelled amazing (good enough to eat, in fact, it actually could be eaten!) I simply mashed all ingredients together (you can also blend it or food process it for a smoother consistency.) Then I applied to my face and neck. I relaxed for 15 minutes while it dried, then rinsed. The results? Clear, clean, glowing skin! I made sure to finish off my at home facial with one of my favorite moisturizers, Keys Soap Luminos Moisturizer . Have leftovers? Refrigerate (or even freeze it) for later use. Don’t even worry about the exact amounts to use, you can vary them according to your liking.  So you see how easy it can be to create your own face mask? It doesn’t have to be a chore….next time you have some overly ripe bananas, “go bananas” and mush them on your face!

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Yummy and simple to make Banana Pudding

The “Best” Banana Pudding


Ingredients 1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix 2 cups cold milk 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed 1 (16 ounce) package vanilla wafers 14 bananas, sliced
Directions
In a large mixing bowl, beat pudding mix and milk 2 minutes. Blend in condensed milk until smooth. Stir in vanilla and fold in whipped topping. Layer wafers, bananas and pudding mixture in a glass serving bowl. Chill until serving.

Stay natural…stay beautiful…go green!
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