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Panamanian Breakfast Plantains

Panamanian Plantains

Panamanian Plantains

Jane’s favoutrite breakfast that she learnt to cook all the way in sunny Panama. Jane went over earlier in the year and stayed with the wonderful Kammie, after which, inspiration flowed freely for news ways of eating. Kammie is a brilliant cook and only eats the finest, healthiest foods on the planet. After years of seeking and experimenting, Kammie’s food combinations are top banana!

Plantains are the prime source of carbohydrates in many countries where they are mainly used like a potato.  A plantain fritter is a thing of heavenly flavour and crispness, but you can only eat one and then lie down for a while.  They are rich!

This is a simple breakfast dish, we don’t want to be messing around in the kitchen too much at this time of year, especially at breakfast time. Plantains are easy to come by in Britain and are distinctly different from their cousin, the humble banana. Get a nice soft yellow plantain ideally, which will be sweet, but not quite as sweet as a banana. You may also use green un-ripened plantains here, just add a little honey or brown sugar to the pan just before serving and stir in. Unripened plantains have a potato-like texture and flavour which is savoury and delicious.

We love to use coconut oil as it is the healthy alternative to almost any other oil.  It does have slight coconut flavour, which suits us just fine, but can clash with some dishes.  Read more about the wonders of coconut oil here.

The yoghurt here adds a wonderful creamy Caribbean flavour to breakfast, a great way to start any day.  Bring on the palm trees!

Beach Janie - somewhere in Panama

Beach Janie – somewhere in Panama

The Bits

2 plantains per person (depending on size, some are massive), 2 teas cinnamon, 2 tbs coconut oil

To serve – Yoghurt of choice (we used organic soya yoghurt), 2 tbs coconut cream

Do It

Half the plantains length ways, heat the coconut oil in a frying pan and place the plantians in flat side down.  Fry for a couple of minutes each side and turn over, they should be nicely golden on the outside and soft in the middle.

Place on a plate with some kitchen roll and mop up any excess oil.

The yoghurt is simple, mix the coco cream with the yoghurt.

Serve

Warm and sprinkled with cinnamon and a nice blob of coco yoghurt.

We Love It!

Brings a little bit of Panama sun to our little Welsh home, much needed on many Sunday mornings.

Foodie Fact

Plantains contain more vitamin A and C than bananas, they are also rich in the vitamin B’s.  As we all know by now, plantains and bananas are actually herbs and not fruits (fascinating fact of the day!)

Coconut oil – a real wonder food!

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The Big Four Raw No-no’s

On a rope bridge in Panama

For me an introduction to raw food came quite unexpectedly while I was working and staying with a friend out in Panama; home of some fantastic and enormous fruit and veg. Kami prepared delicious salad after salad; we ate little and often, with the right combinations of foods and two weeks later I was veritably zinging.

We thought it would be a good idea to share Kami’s words of wisdom; after all one of the biggest reasons for going raw is to help the body with its mineral and vitamin absorption and efficient digestion. After some extra research I realised it is easy to get bogged down in this subject. So I squeezed it down into a few main points.

The Big Four Raw no-no’s

1. Fat and carbohydrate: Avoid having sweet fruit like bananas, nuts, seeds, avocados etc together in the same meal. If you do eat them together the fats and proteins (which are slower-digesting foods) will cause the sugary fruit to ferment in your stomach. This cannot be good. You can eat the fats or proteins four hours before, or a couple of hours after the sweet fruit instead – because the sweet nutrients will have had time to dance through your digestive system by then.

2. Carbohydrate food and acid food: Like with fats, acid foods need longer to digest. If they are eaten with sweet fruits they can also cause fermentation in the stomach.

3. Acid food and proteins/fats: Citrus fruit, pineapple, strawberries and other acid fruits should not be eaten with nuts or avocados; otherwise the protein will not digest properly. Acid fruits inhibit the flow of gastric juice whereas digestion of protein requires an unhampered flow of juice.

4. Keep the amount of fat to a minimum: Fat has an inhibiting influence on digestive secretion and also slows down digestion of other foods. It is generally a good idea to reduce fat intake; it is surprising how little of it we need. Delicious but notoriously fatty avocados are best eaten with a green salad but never with nuts sweet fruit, especially melons.

We feel the trick to this diet is to keep it simple. After all we just want to help our bodies digest this lovely fresh food. Tips like sticking to one type of protein in meals (some raw foodies even stick to just one type of nut or seed). By not eating a huge variety of food types in one meal will help to stop our bodies having to work too hard and will avoid most of the no-no’s too.

We’re just looking forward to getting sensitive with our own bodies; listening to how it feels after eating different combinations of food, and how we feel after these small easy to digest portions.

We want to live in the best possible way for our whole lives so that we can be the healthiest and best we can be for ourselves and for other people! Apart from the eating (which has a huge impact) we also want to focus more on sleeping, exercising, relaxing, being creative, being in nature, having fun so we can shine together brighter from the inside out – yay!!

Have fun trying out our recipes and join us in Raw June!

Love Jane xxxxx

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