Stop throwing away banana peels – eat them instead

June 29, 2016 by  
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Pop quiz: What food is packed with vitamins and fiber, but is almost always purchased just to be thrown away? If you said banana peels, you’re right. It might be one of the world’s most recognizable comedy props, but the humble banana peel is nothing to laugh at. These slippery skins contain vitamins B6 and B12, magnesium, potassium and fiber, as well as tryptophan, which has been shown to help balance emotions and mood. While the jury is still out on exactly how much of these nutrients our bodies can absorb from eating banana peels, noshing on them instead of trashing them is still a great idea because of the landfill waste it saves. But if the idea of chomping down on these thick, fibrous membranes doesn’t sound very a-PEEL-ing to you, read on to check out the newest episode of Inhabitat and NYC Media ‘s TV series Urban Green for three delicious and nutritious ways to make them more palatable. Video: Little Darling Productions with Jason Jenkins for NYC Media Before we get into our banana peel recipes, here are two important tips: TIP 1: Remember to wash your banana peel thoroughly just like you would with any other fruit you plan to ingest. TIP 2: We recommend using organic bananas for these recipes since non-organic banana peels may contain harmful pesticides. BANANA PEEL SMOOTHIE Smoothies are a great way to mask the bitter flavor of banana peels while also breaking them down and making them easier to digest. One of my favorite smoothies to use banana peels in is an apple pie smoothie , which, believe it or not, tastes like a healthier version of apple pie. To make it, just blend one Red Delicious apple, one whole banana and the peel (just cut off the hard ends), a dollop of almond butter or a handful of almonds, some almond milk and a dash of cinnamon. If you’re allergic to nuts, feel free to leave out the almonds and use a different kind of milk. PICKLED PEELS Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peels, and so can you, with this couldn’t-be-easier pickled banana peel recipe. Just chop your washed peels up intro strips width-wise (cutting against the grain helps to decrease the fibrous mouthfeel). Then plan to have pickles for lunch so that you can use the leftover pickling liquid for your peels. Submerge the peels in the pickling liquid overnight and you’ll end up with a tart condiment that will have your dinner guests trying to place the unique flavor. CANDIED PEELS Okay, so candying isn’t exactly the healthiest way to eat banana peels, but these sweet morsels are guilt-free enough if eaten in moderation or used as a garnish. To make these crunchy treats, stir together ½ cup of sugar and ½ cup of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Then add 2 sliced up (again, against the grain) banana peels and reduce to medium/low heat. Simmer while stirring for about 10 minutes. Once you see the sugar begin to caramelize, remove the pot from the heat and transfer your peels to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or other non-stick surface. Let your peels cool and harden, and then snap them into strips to eat as a snack or sprinkle over some yogurt to give it a crunchy kick. We hope you had a “bunch” of fun learning how to eat banana peels. And if you have any cool peel recipes, please share them in the comments below! + Urban Green + NYC Media

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Stop throwing away banana peels – eat them instead

Stop throwing away banana peels – eat them instead

June 29, 2016 by  
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Pop quiz: What food is packed with vitamins and fiber, but is almost always purchased just to be thrown away? If you said banana peels, you’re right. It might be one of the world’s most recognizable comedy props, but the humble banana peel is nothing to laugh at. These slippery skins contain vitamins B6 and B12, magnesium, potassium and fiber, as well as tryptophan, which has been shown to help balance emotions and mood. While the jury is still out on exactly how much of these nutrients our bodies can absorb from eating banana peels, noshing on them instead of trashing them is still a great idea because of the landfill waste it saves. But if the idea of chomping down on these thick, fibrous membranes doesn’t sound very a-PEEL-ing to you, read on to check out the newest episode of Inhabitat and NYC Media ‘s TV series Urban Green for three delicious and nutritious ways to make them more palatable. Video: Little Darling Productions with Jason Jenkins for NYC Media Before we get into our banana peel recipes, here are two important tips: TIP 1: Remember to wash your banana peel thoroughly just like you would with any other fruit you plan to ingest. TIP 2: We recommend using organic bananas for these recipes since non-organic banana peels may contain harmful pesticides. BANANA PEEL SMOOTHIE Smoothies are a great way to mask the bitter flavor of banana peels while also breaking them down and making them easier to digest. One of my favorite smoothies to use banana peels in is an apple pie smoothie , which, believe it or not, tastes like a healthier version of apple pie. To make it, just blend one Red Delicious apple, one whole banana and the peel (just cut off the hard ends), a dollop of almond butter or a handful of almonds, some almond milk and a dash of cinnamon. If you’re allergic to nuts, feel free to leave out the almonds and use a different kind of milk. PICKLED PEELS Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peels, and so can you, with this couldn’t-be-easier pickled banana peel recipe. Just chop your washed peels up intro strips width-wise (cutting against the grain helps to decrease the fibrous mouthfeel). Then plan to have pickles for lunch so that you can use the leftover pickling liquid for your peels. Submerge the peels in the pickling liquid overnight and you’ll end up with a tart condiment that will have your dinner guests trying to place the unique flavor. CANDIED PEELS Okay, so candying isn’t exactly the healthiest way to eat banana peels, but these sweet morsels are guilt-free enough if eaten in moderation or used as a garnish. To make these crunchy treats, stir together ½ cup of sugar and ½ cup of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Then add 2 sliced up (again, against the grain) banana peels and reduce to medium/low heat. Simmer while stirring for about 10 minutes. Once you see the sugar begin to caramelize, remove the pot from the heat and transfer your peels to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or other non-stick surface. Let your peels cool and harden, and then snap them into strips to eat as a snack or sprinkle over some yogurt to give it a crunchy kick. We hope you had a “bunch” of fun learning how to eat banana peels. And if you have any cool peel recipes, please share them in the comments below! + Urban Green + NYC Media

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Architecture student builds a tiny solar-powered cabin from recycled materials

October 19, 2015 by  
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“Aurora Cabin” is a small forest hideout perfect for those looking for a mini-adventure. Designed and built by a local architecture student, the tiny cozy cabin was created as a contemplative retreat in the aurora forest of Northern Norway. The cabin was crafted from recycled materials supplemented with local timber, and features a solar panel strong enough to power a laptop and lighting. The interior is configurable and can be adapted to facilitate different needs and can be rented for a weekend getaway in AirBnb at just $11 per night. + Aurora Cabin The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Norwegian students build a contemporary wooden sauna on the sea

June 25, 2015 by  
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Sharon Fieldhouse is a naturally-cooled glass pavilion in Virginia

March 16, 2015 by  
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Elon Musk announces Tesla will ‘end range anxiety’ this week

March 16, 2015 by  
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The electric Tesla Model S is able to travel up to 265 miles before its battery runs out of power – one of the longest driving ranges of any electric car currently on the market. Now Tesla is getting ready to make that driving range even longer. Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk just announced that the newest update to the Model S range will “end range anxiety.” Read the rest of Elon Musk announces Tesla will ‘end range anxiety’ this week Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , electric motor , elon musk , green car , green transportation , model s , range anxiety , tesla , tesla model-s , twitter

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Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

November 3, 2014 by  
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Chitkara University’s Solar Lounge Offers Style and Comfort in a Compact Clean Energy Charging Station

May 29, 2014 by  
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Many of us would prefer to work outside in nice weather, but it’s usually only a matter of time before we’re forced back inside in search of a power outlet. To combine the joys of the outdoors and convenience of staying plugged in, electrical engineering students at the North Indian Chitkara University designed Solar Lounge, a stylish clean energy charging station that doubles as outdoor furniture. The student project will become part of Chitkara University’s line of Eco-furniture and was designed as part of Tech Montrer, an event that gave final year students a platform to showcase their projects. Built for comfort, the Solar Lounge is designed like an outdoor room, with a cushioned backrest and seating, outlets, and solar-powered lights at night. + Chitkara University The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Charging Station , Chitkara university , clean energy charging station , eco furniture , reader submitted content , site furniture , solar lounge , student project , tech montrer

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Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge Connects Downtown Clifton Forge to New Public Park

October 23, 2013 by  
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Hyundai Unveils World’s First Aquaponics Farm Powered by a Fuel Cell Car

October 23, 2013 by  
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Hyundai just teamed up with Something & Son to unveil the world’s first urban aquaponic farm ‘powered’ by a hydrogen car! Located outside of the London Design Museum, Hyundai’s Fuel Cell Farm seeks to educate the public on the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The aquaponics farm filters water produced by a ix35 fuel cell vehicle and then uses the H2O to sustain an aquarium full of fish and an edible garden. Read the rest of Hyundai Unveils World’s First Aquaponics Farm Powered by a Fuel Cell Car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquaponics , farm , fuel cell car , fuel cell vehicle , hydrogen , hydrogen fuel cell technology , hydroponics , HYUNDAI , hyundai fuel cell , hyundai fuel cell farm , London , zero emissions vehicle        

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