Banana Nutrition

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? :-) 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!) In addition to giving you a tasty recipe, today I’m talking about banana nutrition and how it can benefit your complexion.

Banana Nutrition: 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…

Banana Nutrition
Bananas- the perfect food and skin care ingredient.

Bananas:

Smooth, moisturize, and brighten skin

Contain skin loving enzymes, vitamins, minerals (potassium!)

Clears acne

Have anti-wrinkle and anti-aging properties

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

Banana Nutrition: 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: Manuka Honey Benefits.

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, Pure Radiance Silk Resveratrol 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!

Banana Nutrition

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.

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Robin started her career as an educator of children and has now become an educator for adults everywhere who want to know the truth about what they put into their bodies through the skin. She is passionate about educating people to make better health and beauty choices.
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  • http://perfectskincareforyou.blogspot.com/ Swathy

    oh, how I love bananas to eat and apply :) they are amazing things with wonderful benefits…i find banana to be the best fruit as it has almost every vitamin and mineral in it….I would surely try the pudding :)
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  • http://myhomemadebeauty.com Victoria Lewy

    YAY! Love bananas, especially on my face :).

    Your pudding looks so delicious. I want to try this pudding, pity I’m in a hotel room right now and I’ll be able to see my kitchen only in a month or so.
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  • http://www.omorovicza.com Lisa @ Mineral Skin Care

    Looks delicious. I love bananas. It;s good for people who wants to loose weight. Just like Japanese diet. But how true is it that when you eat too much banana you’ll get dandruff?

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    I like to eat banana. It is the good fruit. Thank you very much for your advice!
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  • Michelle

    I feel so bad whenever I saw lots of overly ripe bananas that are being thrown away to the garbage! That’s not good–it should have been used for facial mask! Aside from that, we could have saved the environment from additional waste.

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Robin Adler

    I know what you mean, Michelle! I actually freeze my bananas if I know I’m not going to eat them right away…and a facial mask is perfect for those overly ripe ones (or a batch of banana bread!)

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    YUM! I love banana pudding! I am excited to try that mask out. Glad that you mentioned that yogurt has zinc in it. I will have to pass on the yogurt because of allergies to zinc on skin.
    -Karen

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Natural Organics

    Hey Karen,

    I’m glad you found the post useful! A banana mask is really one of my favorites…you can always sub the yogurt for something else. You can always use a bit of whole milk (really good for skin) or coconut milk or omit the dairy altogether. It’ll still be a great mask!