The Real Breakfast of Champions And My Dream

Have you ever had a dream?

Maybe it's a big one, like climbing Mt. Everest. Or maybe it's a smaller one, like running a mile. You know what's funny is that when you think about your dream you can almost see yourself accomplishing it in your mind's eye. :)

Well, just last week I had a dream. I pictured myself cycling across America and dipping the wheels of my bicycle in the Pacific Ocean.
...Hey...stop chuckling. ;) Everyone's got a dream, right? (reference to Disney's Tangled)

I know, I know... this dream may seem a little far fetched for someone who's never cycled further than 15 miles at one time, but that's why I want to start training now for it.

Also, if you have any cycling, athletic, or camping advice – I'd love to hear it!

In the mean time, I'll just be cycling as much as I can, reading cycling books from the library, googling bike touring, and fueling my body like a pro!

One way to fuel your body like a pro is to enjoy the REAL breakfast of champions. Some may know this meal simply as Banana Cereal. But, my friends, I'm here to tell you that what looks simple is chock full of the nutrients your body needs to be awesome.

Health benefits of bananas:
*per 1 medium banana

  • Fills you up quickly and keeps you feeling full
    • Only 105 calories
    • 27 g Healthy carbs
    • 3.1 g Natural fiber
  • Promotes your ideal weight
    • Because it's low-Calorie and the right kind of Calorie, you can eat more
    • Super low fat with only .4 g
    • Contains essential fatty acids: Omega 3 (31.9 mg) and Omega 6 (54.3 mg)
  • Fuels, builds, and repairs muscle
    • 1.3 g protein
    • Excellent amino acid profile including all the essential amino acids
    • Simple sugars (14.4 g) provide optimum fuel source
  • Promotes health, restful sleep, and overall happiness
    • Officially recognized by the FDA to protect against heart attack and stroke because its high in potassium (422 mg) and low in salt (1.2 mg sodium, which is healthy and different than sodium chloride, aka table salt)
    • Along with its broad nutritional profile, it has 10.6 mg of tryptophan which is converted into serotonin (aka "the happy-mood brain transmitter"1)
    • The magnesium (31.9 mg) and potassium (422 mg) help promote restful sleep
For more information on the powerful health benefits of bananas, check out Food Matters article.

Printable Recipe
  • 12 ripe bananas
  • 4 c. purified water
  • 2-3 drops of organic vanilla extract, optional
  1. Slice 8 bananas and place in large bowl.
  2. Blend 4 bananas with 4 c. of water and optional vanilla extract till it's a milky consistency.
  3. Pour banana milk over sliced bananas and enjoy!

– Hummingbird


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