Go Bananas

“Bananas have too much sugar.”
“Bananas make you fat.”
“You should not eat bananas if you are trying to lose weight.”

Woah. Really? But I eat a banana every day. When I buy bananas at the store, I always buy 2 bunches! And just rarely they will turn brown before getting eaten, which in that case makes perfect bananas to freeze for smoothies or mash for oat ‘n egg banana pancakes!

So why the ridiculous banana bashing, claiming they make you fat? I think the bottom line comes down to sugar. Bananas do contain sugar, thus one might come up with the logic that bananas make you fat.

The reality is bananas contain natural sugar. Along with the natural sugars, the nutrient profile in bananas helps support a healthy and energized lifestyle. Bananas are packed full of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, biotin, copper, and manganese. The fiber in a banana is naturally occurring fiber, which means you’ll most likely feel more full and satisfied versus consuming a cereal or piece of bread containing isolated fiber. Isolated fibers are those added to increase its fiber content but not naturally found in the foods.

The healthy dose of potassium found in bananas can help diminish water retention, thus helping belly bloat. Additionally, potassium has been shown to lower blood pressure, sustain muscle mass, and preserve bone-mineral density. The vitamin B6 in a banana fulfills around 30-35 percent of the daily-recommended intake for adults. The benefits of vitamin B include treating anemia, promoting healthy nervous system functioning, producing energy from food, and maintaining healthy skin, eyes, hair, and liver. Vitamin B6 is found in most animal-based products, so for vegetarians and vegans, consuming a banana a day is a great way to attain almost half of the recommended intake.

I’m not saying to go bananas and consume them like a chimpanzee, but eating them in moderation (like any food!) is part of a healthy diet. I’m going to go enjoy a chocolate dipped frozen banana pop with the kids now. (Recipe below!)

Have a great week-end, would love to see you at my Lululemon Bootcamp in the Park this weekend!

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Featured Recipe

Go Bananas

Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana Pops

Dark chocolate
Coconut oil
Toppings: pistachios, sprinkles, chia seeds, coconut flakes, etc!

For the kid-approved version, melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips with 1 tsp coconut oil in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. For the healthier (can’t guarantee kid-approved) melt 3 tsp coconut oil with 3 tsp raw cacao powder. Poke popsickle sticks or straws through half a banana, dip in the chocolate, and roll in topping of choice.

Cyber Monday Deals for the Fittie

Tis the season! Black Friday, Cyber Monday, The countdown is on!
With 25 days until Christmas, Santa is busy making his list and checking it twice.

So you know what to get the foodie in your life, and the kids have circled everything they want from the Toys R Us catalog. But do you know what to get the fittie in your life? You know, the one who is always trying out the latest fitness equipment and following the latest health trends?

Here are some of my top suggestions for the fittie in your life:
1. The Master’s Hammer & Chisel 

A 60-day home workout program that will help you craft a defined, visually-dramatic physique. My favorite trainer from the Beachbody collection is definitely Autumn Calabrese. I have personally witnessed how her 21 Day Fix program has helped so many people learn proper portion control, get toned, and lose significant weight. Calabrese and Kalev, both award-winning fitness competitors, have joined forces to create this one-of-a-kind workout that will sculpt you from head-to-toe.

This brand new fitness program is being released tomorrow. And anyone who purchases the program in the month of December will be joining me starting January 6th for a 60 day Accountability Challenge Group to get us Spring Break ready!

2. Just Feel it Fitness Personal Training Package
Holiday promotion 2015
Four, One-hour Personal training sessions + clean eating nutrition consult for $150. This special offer is 50% off and one you don’t want to miss!  Contact Meryl today to take advantage of this special offer. *Montreal locals only 🙂

3. Lulu lemon Zone in tights
lulu tights
Ok let’s be realistic, the fittie in your life will love anything from lululemon. But specifically these high waisted tights. They are engineered with zoned compression to keep you feeling held-in and supported in all the right places. Like an instant tummy tuck.

4. Set of free weights
For optimal fitness, longevity, and a lean body, weight training is essential. A set of 5, 8, and 10 pound weights will be a well-received addition to the fittie’s exercise regime. You can pick these up at any sporting goods store, or wal-mart, or target. Average price is $1/pound.

5. Spiritual Gangster Workout Tanks

spiritual gangster tank
With 40% off everything on the site today, these super soft and motivational quote tanks are an excellent choice.

If you’re reading this, you probably are a fittie, and you very well might like any of these gifts. Go ahead and forward this email to Santa 🙂

Have a great week,