Sunday, May 15, 2022

Summertime and Reading is Easy and Awesome

Cool off by relaxing and reading a good book

If you're making vacation plans for this summer, or prefer to relax close to home, this post shows you why summer reading is an awesome way to self-care and refresh yourself. 

Books can carry you on amazing journeys, increase self-awareness, and provide insights about the human condition.

Post Updated 4/26/2024

Books may shift thinking, and help you exercise your mind. Studies show when you make reading a habit, it helps improve memory and gives your brain a work out.

reading makes you a more interesting person

Why not feast your eyes on the pages of a book set in a place you’d love to see? 

Perhaps your forte is reading cozy mysteries or thrillers for entertainment. 

Romance and fantasy novels may be your cup of tea, and you get totally immersed in bigger than life situations or alternate realities. * 

Each of us relishes reading certain genres or favorite author's' works. Summer is an awesome time to peruse those books we consider "guilty pleasures."

Some books may help us recall and reminisce about a person we've read about, whether they be non-fiction or fiction.

This may be the season we're able to improve our outlook by listening to an audio-book about topics we want to understand better.

To stimulate imagination look at the quotations that follow. Which one puts you in the mood to read more this summer? πŸ“š

Quotations about Books and Reading 

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." ~ Dr. Seuss


“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...” ~Susan Polis Schutz


“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” ~Ray BradburyDandelion Wine


“Come with me,' Mom says. To the library. Books and summertime go together.” ~Lisa Schroeder, I Heart You, You Haunt Me

"I was the kid who read a lot and who was academic, and who was more of an indoor person than an outdoor person. I would win the summer reading contest at the library." ~ Julianne Moore

“They are embossed on every song that was a hit that summer, in every novel I read during and after his stay, on anything from the smell of rosemary on hot days to the frantic rattle of the cicadas in the afternoon—smells and sounds I’d grown up with and known every year of my life until then but that had suddenly turned on me and acquired an inflection forever colored by the events of that summer.” ~AndrΓ© Aciman, Call Me by Your Name

“Books are a uniquely portable magic." ~ Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the  Craft

Reading tastes vary, yet most summer reading is light-hearted and amusing.

Look below for links to help you choose books for summertime enjoyment:

 New York Times Bestseller List

See the Indie Reader for book reviews, articles about independent publishing, and book news roundup.

If you enjoy motivational and goal setting topics, see this Essential Health and Wellness List for inspiration.

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more from your local library for free! Libby is the library reading app by OverDrive, loved by millions of readers worldwide.

Check out "A Fun Summer Reading Challenge for Adults," from Book Blogger Julianne a/k/a Jules Buono

See 50 Summer Books from Goodreads' Shelves

What books would you like to read this summer? Do memoirs, historical fiction, essays, poems, or short stories fascinate you?

Can you devote an afternoon or evening each week to curl up with a book, eBook reader, tablet, laptop, or audiobook? 

Please comment below in the space provided. 

How do you decide which books you'll read this summer? See a few suggestions at Great Books for Summer Reading

Do you have a favorite author or use a recommendation from a friend, newsletter, website, book blog, or other source of book information including the library?

I'd love to know.

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I also wonder if you're curious about the books I want to read this summer. Just ask and I'll revela them.

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Why I Adore Eating Bananas

 Banana Nutrition Info, Banana Recipes

I adore eating bananas, because they supply a host of health benefits, wear eye-catching bright yellow peels, and taste delicious any way they are served.

Fresh bananas are one of the world's most popular fruits and can be purchased year-round. 

In the U.S., each person eats, on average, 13.4 pounds (6 kilograms) of bananas per year. 

A 2021 survey reveals bananas are the most widely purchased fruit among U.S. consumers.

Look below and see why I adore eating bananas and simple, healthy ways to serve them.

Bananas are loaded with nutrients including potassium and vitamin B6. 

"One large banana is about 8- to 9-inches long and equal to one serving of fruit. It has about 120 calories and 490 milligrams of potassium. That’s 19% of a woman’s daily potassium needs and 15% of a man’s. 

Potassium can remove sodium from the human body and relax blood vessel walls, which helps manage blood pressure. 

Bananas are also a good source of vitamin B6, which is essential for the immune system, nervous system, and brain."

Bananas contain 8% of the DV of magnesium, another mineral that’s important for heart health.Trusted Trusted Source

Magnesium deficiency may be linked to an increased risk of heart disease, elevated blood pressure, and high levels of fats in the blood. 

Bananas are also a good source of prebiotics. Those are the carbs you don’t digest, but they’re a food source for the more-popular probiotics. Probiotics help support health promoting bacteria found in your gut. 

Probiotics can help reduce diarrhea people get after they take some antibiotics, reduce yeast and urinary tract infections (UTIs), treat some gastrointestinal infections, and ease irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Bananas are economical even in organic form, making them a thrifty fruit choice to add to meals and snacks.

Banana Nutrition and Recipe Ideas

Bananas are versatile, and their pleasing aroma, flavor, and texture makes banana recipes shine.

This golden yellow fruit is the color of sunshine and its color energy perks up mind, body, and spirit with increased optimism. 

A banana's golden yellow wrapper serves as an on-the-go care package for those who travel away from home. 

It's convenient to take a banana to work, school, the gym, or whenever you need a healthful, portable pick me up.

Look below for easy banana recipes 

and delicious serving suggestions

First up is a recipe for Homemade Baked Banana Chips from Laura at MOMables. Her video and post  shows how to make a simple yet scrumptious banana snack the whole family will love. 

Next up is Mel, the creator of A Virtual Vegan who shares her recipe for Vegan Banana Smoothie. If you want a gluten free version, make sure the oats you use are labelled gluten-free.

Next is a serving suggestion from yours truly that's easy, colorful, and nutritious. Two of my favorite kinds of fruit (organic bananas and organic raspberries) are placed on a platter, and topped with a sprig of mint to create a luscious dessert.

Banana and Raspberry Dessert at Colors 4 Health

The finale is 

Dreamy Vegan Banana Smoothie 
by Nancy Andres

Dreamy Vegan Banana Smoothie Recipe from Nancy Andres

I love to cool off with a thick, creamy banana smoothie, especially on a sultry summer day. 

When I notice I have extra ripe bananas (those dappled with spots) hanging on the banana rack, I cut bananas into 1/4 in. round slices and place the bounty into one or two airtight glass jars or glass storage containers. 

I mark them with masking tape tags- “frozen bananas” and add the date I saved them. Then I pop them in the freezer for up to a month, to use later in smoothies.   

I live sustainably and one of my mottos is "waste not."  

Need a quick breakfast or a healthy snack? Reach for a container of frozen bananas, and make this fun recipe soon.

Dreamy Vegan Banana Smoothie tastes refreshing when made with frozen bananas, but you can use unfrozen ripe bananas in a pinch. 

Frozen bananas help to chill the smoothie and make it extra thick and creamy, similar to a milkshake. 

If you use fresh bananas, you may want to blend in a few ice cubes to chill the smoothie.


1 cup ¼ in. round sliced frozen bananas (approx. 1 large banana)

½ cup unsweetened coconut, soy, or almond yogurt

½ cup unsweetened coconut, almond, or soy milk

¼ real vanilla or almond extract (if you use vanilla or almond flavored yogurt omit the extract)

Optional ingredients: 1 teaspoon almond or cashew butter, sprinkle of chia or flax seeds, and fresh pineapple, mango, strawberries or melon, etc.


What to do:

1. Assemble a lg. banana with other ingredients (layer) and place in the bowl of a blender. Blend on high speed until this drink is the consistency you enjoy. 

2. If some items stick together, turn off blender and remove the glass bowl from the base. Give the ingredients a swirl. Then, blend until smooth, adding more milk if needed to reach desired consistency.

3. Pour into a chilled glass and add a cinnamon stick, sprig of fresh mint, or slice of lime or lemon if desired.

This recipe serves 1 thirsty person and is best if used immediately.

To make multiple smoothies for family and friends, it's wise to make one smoothie at a time. 🍌

Did you know and understand these interesting details about bananas? Which information is new to you?

What reasons do you have for eating bananas?

Do you have a favorite way to eat or drink bananas?

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