Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting make a great pairing when you are thinking about what to make for dessert tonight. Both parts of this dessert, the cake and the frosting, have plenty of sugar, but they also contain nutritious components that you can feel good about giving your kids to eat. The web site blogger and recipe creator suggests that you could also add nuts to this cake (or bread or bars) if you like. Do add them. Nuts are a very nutritious food that is a great addition to every one’s daily food plan. Although they are somewhat high in fat, you do not need to eat large quantities of nuts (or seeds) in order to reap lots of benefits from this food group. And people who eat nuts and seeds as part of their regular eating plan get more magnesium, fiber, and calcium, among other minerals than people who do not include nuts or seeds in to their regular food plan.

Another powerhouse of nutrition in the cake is the bananas. In this recipe, a whopping four bananas are added in to the cake. So this cake will be rich, moist, and full of the flavor of bananas. Bananas are a great fruit to eat. For one thing, they are eminently portable. You can just toss a banana in to your back pack and not have to worry about it, expect perhaps, having it squish accidentally (and then it gets put in to banana bread, cake, cookies, bars, and so on). But then you just peel and eat it, wherever you are. Bananas are loaded with vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese, potassium and fiber. Potassium is another important mineral that helps to keep our blood pressure normal and supports good heart function. One normal size banana has about 400 milligrams of potassium in it, so plan to include them as part of your regular meal plan. Diets rich in potassium keep you healthy, so eat lots of them. Bananas are also a good source of fiber, which is some thing that most American eating plans lack. As well, bananas do have a tiny amount of fat in them, a particular kind of fat that actually blocks the absorption of dietary cholesterol, thus helping to keep our cholesterol in check. All this fiber and the cholesterol-lowering fat in bananas also keep the GI index for bananas quite low. That means it is a fruit that, although it has plenty of natural sugars in it, will not cause our blood sugar levels to shoot up when we eat them.

So bananas are a real powerhouse food, and having them included in cakes and bars means that what you are feeding your kids might have good nutrition as well as sugars. So make foods with bananas often, and enjoy them.

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