I really dislike bananas.
I’m not bragging or anything; just stating a fact. I truly dislike bananas. I always have. I know they’re very good for me and I wish I could eat one. I honestly don’t think I have ever managed to eat an entire banana by itself (that is, not in some other food).
The 2006 Richmond Marathon was the third (and last) marathon I ran. It was exceptionally hot that day, with temps around 80° in November. The last 10k was really rough on me and I knew I was in desperate need of some nutrition after the race. I sat down on a curb in Shockoe Bottom with a banana and a bagel, thinking that the banana was exactly what I needed. I managed to get about half way through it, forcing every bite.
Then it occurred to me: I’d rather risk serious injury or death rather than eat an entire banana.
Like I said, I really dislike bananas. Always have.
None of this changes the fact that bananas are excellent to eat after strenuous workouts or runs. I still know this and I’m quite pleased that I finally found an easy recipe that I enjoy to have after working out. It does have quite a lot of sugar, but you can substitute water/ice for the juice to reduce that by about half.
- 8 oz Apple Juice (substitute with same of ice water or ice or other juice to taste)
- Medium Banana, frozen
- 1 cup Mixed Berries, frozen
- 1/2 cup Vanilla Yogurt
- Pour the juice, berries, and yogurt in your blender cup.
- Use a butter knife to slice the skin off a couple of sides of the frozen banana. It comes off very easily, even when frozen & you can just cut off slices into the blender while holding the two remaining sides.
- Pulse the blender 5–6 times to chop up the frozen bits.
- Blend on high for 40 seconds.
Serves 2 (who am I kidding, I drink the whole thing. So should you).
The best part: The frozen banana is almost undetectable in terms of flavor, smell, and texture. I mean if you get nose right down into the cup, you’ll detect banana; but that’s what straws are for. For people who really hate bananas.