Photos courtesy of Nicole Murren. View more images of
Project Amigo in her Flickr album.
It is often all too easy to disengage and forget where our food products are grown and who works to provide us with them. But by volunteering with Project Amigo, you’ll see first-hand the communities surrounding Organics Unlimited’s plantations and gain a deeper sense of gratification by giving a hand up to children and adults in less fortunate areas of Colima, Mexico.
Project Amigo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has worked closely with the community since 1984 to promote education and empowerment as the means to help reduce poverty in the state of Colima, Mexico, where Organics Unlimited and GROW bananas are grown. With the financial support of GROW banana purchases, Project Amigo provides residents with literacy, vision, dental and hearing clinics and also helps establish children’s educational programs, scholarships and boarding homes. Continue reading
Photo courtesy Jo Missoula of Jo in the Kitchen
Looking for a fast and easy dessert or snack that is just deliciously yummy? This recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and creamy, similar to a banana cream pie but without all the extra work. Did you ever think you would eat cheese and bananas together? With this delicious recipe, it’s a must have. Mascarpone is an Italian cheese of smooth, creamy, buttery texture that blends well with honey and caramel. Add a banana on top, and you’ll have your guests and family begging for more. Continue reading
UNITED STATES – The organic train continues across the continent, full steam ahead.
The organic industry reported that the category made an 11.3 percent leap, and the trend is not restricted to any particular region. Continue reading
Photo courtesy of Alice at shyintroverts.wordpress.com.
For many in the United States, this week is a particularly stressful one. Wednesday, April 15 was Tax Day, and some procrastinators may have been down to the wire on filing (or may have asked for an extension). Whether your source of stress this week is looming taxes or another cause, the majority of Americans could use a bit more relaxation in their lives.
Which brings us to the topic of bananas. Most consumers are aware that there’s a high amount of potassium found in bananas, and potassium helps prevent muscle cramps. However, you can educate your customers that potassium is also an agent in stress relief. Potassium aids in the regulation of blood pressure, and this fruit actually has one of the highest potassium counts of all fruits and vegetables. Continue reading
Photo courtesy: Angie of Friday is cake night
We all have a sweet tooth from time to time, sometimes it’s even every night, and it feels so good to satisfy it. If you are craving some chocolate cake but feel guilty because of all the oil and butter in it, try the double chocolate banana cake. Bananas and applesauce create the perfect moist texture without having to add any extra fat. It’s easy, delicious and healthy. Give it 5 minutes to prepare and 30 to bake and your taste buds (and hips) will be eternally grateful.
Photo courtesy of World Health Organization
This week, on April 7, we celebrated World Health Day. The WHO, organizers of the international day of awareness, focused its message this year on food safety: “From farm to plate, make food safe.”
The mishandling of foods can cause more than 200 diseases, from diarrhea to even cancer. This is why it’s important to make sure the food you provide to your customers is grown, transported, handled and stored using the highest of supply-chain standards. Thankfully, bananas do not often cause foodborne illnesses, but keeping the growing and supply chain processes contaminate-free is still very important.
Photo courtesy: Erica of Coffee & Quinoa
In honor of World Health Day, we thought we would provide you with a healthy on-the-go breakfast, snack or dessert. This (banana almond baked oatmeal cup) takes a maximum of 35 minutes to prepare and is a healthy, delicious recipe that everyone will love. Bananas are packed with potassium, which helps keep your heart beating. While almonds are a source of vitamin E and are high in protein, they help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. This recipe provides you with the healthy nutrients you need, while allowing your sweet tooth to enjoy its sweetness. Continue reading