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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Cinnamon & Nutmeg Spiced Plantain Slices (Paleo)

Yum, yum, yum!  Just made some delicious cinnamon & nutmeg spiced plantains!  I picked up a ripe organic plantain at this amazing whole foods store in Pembroke Pines, FL called Nutrition S'mart.  Let me just say I think I have found a new favorite grocery store!  I really love discovering new healthy supermarkets and eating a variety of fit foods.  I love bananas so I figured I'd pick up a plantain and try cooking it.  I cooked the plantain slices in a pan on the stove top using organic coconut oil.  This was one whole plantain and made 3 servings!

Cinnamon & Nutmeg Spiced
Plantain Slices (Paleo)

- 1 Organic Plantain, ripe
- 1 tsp Organic Coconut Oil
- Organic Cinnamon
- Nutmeg

- Cut plantain into slices (I think diagonally looks pretty).
- Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg spices evenly over plantain slices.
- Heat coconut oil in a pan on Medium heat.
- Gently place plantain slices into pan.
- Cook for about 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Easy as that! Enjoy the sweet taste of plantains :)

Nutritional Facts About Plantains

100 g plantain consists of 122 calories.

It contains 2.3 g of dietary fiber per 100 g. Adequate amount of dietary-fiber in the food helps normal bowel movements, thereby reducing constipation problems.

Fresh plátanos have more vitamin C than bananas. 100 g provide 18.4 mg or 31% of daily required levels of this vitamin. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.

Plantains have more vitamin A than bananas. In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin A plays a vital role in the visual cycle, maintaining healthy mucus membranes, and enhancing skin complexion.

As in bananas, they too are rich sources of B-complex vitamins, particularly high in vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine). Pyridoxine is an important B-complex vitamin that has a beneficial role in the treatment of neuritis, anemia, and to decrease homocystine (one of the causative factors for coronary artery disease (CHD) and stroke episodes) levels in the body. In addition, the fruit contains moderate levels of folates, niacin, riboflavin and thiamin.

They also provide adequate levels of minerals such as iron, magnesium, and phosphorous. Magnesium is essential for bone strengthening and has a cardiac-protective role as well.

Fresh plantains have more potassium than bananas. 100 g fruit provides 499 mg of potassium (358 mg per 100 g for bananas). Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure, countering negative effects of sodium.

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