Yesterday I moved into my very own house in Boquete, Panama. I’m just renting for a month but I’m pretty stoked to have my own space and my own kitchen! No more labeling my food, hoping that it doesn’t get stolen, fighting for cupboard space, praying that the bacteria on the old dish cloth I have to use isn’t going to kill me. Oh yes, and paper towels! I’m so excited to use paper towels again!!
Anyhow, my excitement went down a notch when I found out I have to light my stove AND my oven with a match. I suck at using matches and I pretty much singe all the hairs on my arm every time I use the stove. That’s okay, I don’t like my arm hair anyway! Lighting the oven is even more complicated than the stove so unfortunately I don’t think I will be doing very much baking 🙁
However, I have a great dessert that is super easy (but feels and tastes quite fancy) with no oven required! I’ve had it twice while in Central America. Once in Panama and once in Costa Rica on the side of the river. It was prepared by our river rafting guides in a make shift kitchen on the side of the Pacuare River, so although our guides were fabulous you know it can’t be that hard to make! Aside from being super simple this bananas foster recipe is amazingly tasty!! The sweet caramelized bananas paired with a little vanilla ice cream is really amazing! If you want to go for a healthier version you can do vanilla yogurt or just eat the bananas on their own.
Please, please don’t let the less than stellar photos deter you from making this dessert. It’s really quite awesome. Unfortunately, I only have my camera phone to take pics with so the quality of my photos is not going to be food-gawker worthy. BUT the recipes are still going to be Bob-Appetit worthy, I promise you.
Is it healthy? Pretty much any fruit-based dessert is healthy-ish in my mind. Compared to cheesecake, super healthy, compared to kale, not so much. Just make it, eat one serving, and enjoy!
I hope that you have all been well. After hearing some not so correct nutrition information from various people around the world (AKA in my hostel Mamallena) I decided it’s time to write another nutrition myth busters piece. To check out my first edition of myths click here.
B12 will cure your hangover. Wrong! Excuse my language, but taking B12 aint gonna do shit. (unless you are a chronic alcoholic and actually depleted in B vitamins). The only things that are actually going to help your hangover are Advil, water, a high protein breakfast perhaps. Don’t waste your money on those “hangover cure” supplements either. Many people claim they work, but the truth is at some point you are going to start feeling better. If you take that supplement you may attribute the feeling better to the supplement, but in reality, it was just time. The placebo effect is very strong people!!
Lemon water to lower your blood pressure. Nope. Not gonna work. There are natural things that can help lower your blood pressure, such as eating more potassium (bananas, potatoes, dark green veggies), exercise, reducing stress, etc. My host mother swears that the lemon water she drinks every morning is helping her blood pressure. No Senora. While I’m extremely happy that her BP is better, I think (I know) that it has more to do with her new exercise routine and weight loss, then the lemon water.
Dietitians and Nutritionists Eat Perfectly. All The Time. I studied nutrition because I like food. A LOT. All food, including sugar, fried food, ice cream, pie. MMM. Yes, I also LOVE a great salad, fresh fruit, hearty soup, and warm whole grain bread. I do have a healthy diet, and generally most dietitians do. But what is a healthy diet? Is a healthy diet one that only includes fruits, veggies, lean meat and nothing else? I don’t think so… that is a psycho diet if you ask me. Or for a more professional term, we refer to this as Orthorexia.
You Need to Eat Organic Fruits and Vegetables to be Healthy. This statement is almost correct. But this one is 100% correct: You need to eat fruits and vegetables to be healthy. Ding, ding, ding! While I fully support organic agriculture for environmental reasons, there is still a lot of mixed evidence if it is actually healthier for our bodies. If you can afford it, 100% go for it. If you can’t, wash those darn things as best you can and eat up. If you want to buy organic, buy organic from the Dirty Dozen.
Any other myths you’ve heard? Don’t agree with me? Let me hear it!