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The Most Awesome Way to Slice a Banana

Good morning and happy Friday!

It’s a rainy one over here, which is actually a good thing because I have to study all day. Exactly one week until our comprehensive exams for the masters program — gah!

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My study buddies and I have been doing pretty well going through a bunch of the disease states (diabetes, renal failure, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, etc.) and talking through their causes/nutrition related considerations/biochemical issues, and today we’re going to focus on going back over the broad macronutrient (e.g. carbs, protein, fat) biochemical pathways and a bunch of the related hormones. Next week we’ll be focusing more on studying public health — one of the questions on the test will be public health related — basically all about planning a program to target a disease state using the public health models and approaches we’ve talked about. I’m tired just reading all that, aren’t you?

Anyway — I have some groundbreaking new content for you all this morning. Introducing — how I slice a banana. I know, you’re thrilled. But let me explain.

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I made oatmeal this morning for breakfast (it’s chilly out!) and while I was slicing my banana, I was thinking about how the key to awesome oatmeal is having as much banana coverage as possible. This means small banana pieces. I always cut my banana in the same (possibly weird) way — even if I’m just having it on cereal — so I thought it would be fun to share my method. :) Get pumped. Earth-shattering content over here today, I tell ya. Blame comprehensive exams.

First, I cut the banana in half lengthwise. Don’t try to do this with the whole banana at once — maybe half at a time so it doesn’t break.

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Then, I slice it horizontally.

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And it gives you perfect tiny banana pieces!

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I cut the whole banana this way and it leaves me with a perfect bowl of small banana pieces, ready for oatmeal (or for topping cereal with to maximize the banana deliciousness). Does anyone else cut banana this way? Give it a try. :)

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Today’s oatmeal was my basic Perfect (Microwave) Banana Oatmeal recipe; I stopped the microwave when 1 minute was left and stirred in some blueberries. When it was out, I added some cottage cheese and hemp seeds (I just rediscovered these — great source of protein/omega fatty acids)!

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It may not look delicious, but it was. Oatmeal is hard to get a good photo of — and I was clearly too lazy to switch it into another (non-dirty) bowl for the camera. Just keepin’ it real over here, friends.

Time to study the day away! And in other news — Matt and I finally found a place to live up in DC in a month! We decided to go for a place in Arlington, VA — there was an apartment we really wanted in Cleveland Park in DC and we kept waiting and waiting and waiting but the building never had any openings. :( Bummer. Oh, well — the apartment we chose is cute (although half the size of our current place — yikes) and should hopefully be good. It’s right by the metro, too! Three cheers for walking everywhere.

Ta-ta for now, friends!

Comments

  1. 1

    I appreciate your banana-slicing lesson :) It’s the little things, right? Will have to try that the next time I make PB and banana toast…I usually slice the “lazy” way (no cutting in half) and the pieces are too big and tend to slide off. Happy Friday!

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    I love this method! I’m the same way about making thinner banana slices so that I feel like I actually have more. I usually cut them in half with my spoon once they’re in the bowl, but this is perfect. Oh, the little things in life :)

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    That looks way too dangerous for me – I am the ultimate klutz and I don’t trust myself around knives…haha…I just cut my banana up on a cutting board, lol :)

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    Hahaha everytime someone talks about eating a banana or how they cut it I think about one of my students from last year who ate a banana like people eat corn on the cob…. hilarious to watch during snacktime! :)
    Congrats on the new place!

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    Congratulations on the new apartment. Happy Good Friday.

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    That’s serious oatmeal! I didn’t have time to make mine this morning so I ended up with a banana and some pre-made energy bites instead. :)

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    Haha I’ve never thought about cutting a banana like that. It is the key to good oatmeal! That’s one of the best parts about DC – you walk almost anywhere! I miss it!

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    Yep! That is just how I slice my bananas too. I like the small pieces. Sometimes I’ll even slice it one more time vertically, so I end up with 4 pieces, instead of two. Perfect for pancakes :)

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    I slice my bananas like that too!! I thought I was so weird for it ha! If I don’t mash them in, I slice them like that to have a banana slice for every nite :)

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    Anonymous says:

    I slice my banana like that only when I make your perfect oatmeal!

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    I cut my bananas the same way! The “melt” perfectly in hot cereal.

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    Very neat… Banana slicing lessons! :) Oatmeal is a perfect breakfast and occasionally I’ll make it for lunch or dinner depending on how I feel. That’s great you’re moving into my State! I went from NC to VA as well. I love Virginia. It’s so beautiful where I live. I don’t know if I’ve been to Arlington but I’m sure it’s lovely there.

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    That’s genius.. definitely going to be slicing my banana like that for cereal, oatmeal, and smoothies from now on.

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    Hi Anne! Long time reader first time commenter, I too just moved to the arlington area by courthouse! What a great place to be! Hopefully we can have some blogger meetups.

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    oatmeal is always delicious even if it doesn’t look perfect! Good luck with studying!

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    Congrats on finding a place to live! I love DC & it would be fabulous to live there. However, I’m from rural northwest Ohio & the idea of DC area cost of living scares me… ;)

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    Any advice for someone who can’t stand the texture of oatmeal? I’ve tried thickening it, thinning it, etc and still can’t eat it. Bananas are yummy, just wish I didn’t break out in hives every time I ate them.

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    Yay for finding an apartment! I’m in Arlington about every other month, I think it’s such a cute little city. I’ll have to get some good running routes from you!

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    Pat Elsberry says:

    So glad you and Matt found a (cute) place to live! Arlington is really nice and great to be close to the Metro, too! Now … how to fit all those cool, new things you’re likely to get as wedding gifts into a smaller place!! :) LOL

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    Susanne Hughes says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I desperately needed this piece of knowledge, because one never knows?! Does one?!!

    After a day of solving urgent and earth shattering First World problems for my US visitors (whilst being at work and dealing with the public) the most inmportant one being —– “OMG, where do we find the Plunger for the Coffee?!!” I’ll be able to utilise this new found skill for cutting up Banana deliciousness for the world’s most beautiful grandchild!

    All the best for your exams!!! You are a smart and clever young lady and you’ll do well, we all know that and expect this ……. but No pressure!! :)

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    Michelle says:

    I love your banana oatmeal and started cutting my bananas in the oatmeal like that too. Sometimes, I will make an X on top and get 4 pieces per slice. A banana piece in every bite is the way to go! :)

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    Why box ourselves in. I say it looks great for dinner too. Breakfast for dinner has never lost it’s magic ever since I was a kid.

    I am going to try that cut method and keep a band aid at the ready because my manual dexterity is pretty rough.

    Thanks Ann

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    That method of chopping bananas…is ingenious!! Tell you what, it definitely is groud-breaking :D That way, I can get perfect tiny pieces without having to dirty the chopping board from now on. Awesome for someone as lazy as me. Thanks!

    On a different note, I hate studying the biochemical pathways of metabolism of nutrients (I’m a Medical student in Sydney)…and although people make fun of “public health”, I actually like studying it so much better than biochem :P

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    Anne,
    I think I would have to agree with Krissy here. I can’t trust myself with a knife so a cutting board will have to be the place I take this ;-) By the way, what camera do you use? Excellent pictures you take here!

    #FitFluential Cheers!
    @Kodjoworkout

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    Jessica T says:

    I cut my banana that way ALL the time when I need small pieces!! Sometimes, I cut an X to make even smaller pieces. Great way to cut a banana!!! Everyone should do it ;)

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    I must say, your little banana slicing technique has really enhanced my oatmeal and Greek yogurt-eating experience! haha. So funny, I never thought to slice it like that. Thanks for the good tip!

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