Thanksgiving Greetings!

November 20, 2012


So Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away! Can you believe how fast the time flies? While your family is hustling and bustling, we’d like to take a few moments to just take a look at the holiday itself . . . and maybe even offer some delightful recipes for your feast.

 

Thanksgiving is one of those iconic American holidays, one where we travel to spend time with family, where we give thanks and celebrate the bounties in life, and where we feast. It’s around this time that our children spend their last day before the holiday learning about Pilgrims and Indians, and making colorful hand-traced paper turkeys. We all know the legendary beginnings of the Thanksgiving celebration as surely as we know our own birthdays. But let’s go over the history a little bit as we peer past the Macy’s parade, and the cornucopias of leaves and pumpkins.

 

Thanksgiving, as we all know, began with the Pilgrims as they celebrated their first harvest in the early 1600’s. But, unlike our modern version of the event, their Thanksgiving lasted 3 days! Can you imagine cooking for that long? Still, this little event fast became a tradition, and during the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress made a habit of appointing several thanksgiving days a year. But the holiday we know today didn’t come about until the Civil War, when President Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day. He chose the final Thursday in November, as the year was drawing to a close.

 

So why is Thanksgiving not on the last Thursday of the month this year? Well, you can thank good old F.D.R. for the change. In 1939, Roosevelt decided to push back the holiday – as that year also had five Thursdays in Thanksgiving, and he wanted a longer holiday spending season. This decision didn’t necessarily go over well, especially when Roosevelt tried his act again the next year – pushing Thanksgiving even farther back, to the third Thursday. Half of the states decided to go against his executive order, while Texas – unable to decide between the traditional date and the new one – took both days as a national holiday (two weeks in a row!)

 

Growing tired of the dispute over which day to celebrate (or maybe simply unwilling to cook huge feasts twice in one month), Congress switched Thanksgiving back to the last Thursday of the month. And then promptly changed their mind and declared Thanksgiving to be on the fourth Thursday of November. Thankfully, it wasn’t changed again.

 

So, now that Thanksgiving is right around the bend, we’re all no doubt looking forward (or not) to the arduous yet rewarding task of preparing Thanksgiving Day dinner. The following are some ideas and recipes that you might find useful for your Turkey Day.

 

 

Bacon-Stuffed Turkey

So what if, no matter what you do, your turkey just doesn’t come out right? What if it’s always dry, despite the fact that you have a basting timer set for every ten minutes? Well, a good solution is to stuff your turkey. With bacon. I know, you might be thinking, “I’ve already got the stuffing, the veggies, the dressing, etc.!” But really, you should consider this tasty twist. It may not be the healthiest variation, but if you’re looking for a fantastic taste (and are already devoted to an after-holidays cleanse), this is the way to go. Plus it’s simple.

 

So, just prepare your turkey like normal, and stuff some bacon in the cavity (uncooked; it will crisp up in the oven). Make sure to poke some holes in the turkey to help further moisturize your bird (this helps the juices that you baste with to really sink in). And then stick your turkey in the oven and wait.

 

 

Berry-Sauce Pork Loin

If you’re looking for a holiday alternative to your normal turkey option (or a backup plan), this is the perfect thing!

 

Ingredients:

Pork Tenderloin

Red wine

Cranberries

Blueberries

Blackberries

Cherries

Minced garlic

Onion Powder

Italian herbs

 

First thing, you’ll want to prepare that Pork Tenderloin. Place it in an oven-safe dish and add a ¼ cup of water. Make holes all over the top of the tenderloin (as many as you can without mincing the meat). Rub the garlic, onion powder, and Italian herbs onto the tenderloin. Pour a liberal amount of red wine (it can be cheap!) over the loin. You’ll want the liquid to go halfway up the side of the meat. Leave to marinate.

 

Pour berries into a small pot (as many as you’d like), add a splash of wine, and enough water to cover all of the berries. Bring the berries to a boil and stir for five minutes. Take the berries down to a simmer. Allow to simmer until berries are soft, stirring occasionally. Take the concoction off heat and let stand for fifteen minutes. Pour over your pork loin and cook at 400 degrees until done.

 

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

 

Ingredients:

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potatoes

2 eggs, beaten

¾ cup light brown sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup dark corn syrup

1 cup evaporated milk

1 ½ cups chopped pecans

2 cups heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

¼ cup hazelnut liqueur

¼ cup pecan halves

 

1.     Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

2.     Prepare dough for one 9 inch pie. Refrigerate until ready to bake

3.     Blend together butter, sweet potatoes, eggs, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, salt, corn syrup and evaporate milk. Pour filling into crust and sprinkle with chopped pecans.

4.     Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until inserted knife comes out clean. Set aside to cool

5.     Beat together whipping cream, sugar, and liqueur until soft peaks form. Top pie with whipped cream and pecan halves.

 

Recipe obtained from allrecipes.com

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sweet-Potato-Pecan-Pie-2/Detail.aspx

 

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com

 

Welcome Back Enota Readers!

September 23, 2012


Our mornings here in the North Georgia Mountains are getting brisk; autumn is in the air! And since now is the season to gather around the welcoming warmth of a cozy campfire, today’s topic is about campfire safety.

 

Some quick guidelines

–         Always check the weather conditions. Campfires are especially bad to have when conditions are far too dry (keeping a watch out for wet weather isn’t a bad idea either!).

–         Never build a campfire on a particularly windy day. Stray sparks or embers can travel far and create serious trouble.

–         Build your fire away from anything flammable (this includes overhanging tree branches or dry grass).

–         If at all possible, build your campfire in a fire pit.

–         NEVER use gasoline to “help” your fire along.

–         When using lighting fluid, be cautious and do not pour directly onto an open flame

–         Keep the environment clean; don’t burn garbage!

–         Don’t leave your campfire unattended.

–         Keep water and/or a shovel close by to douse the fire.

–         When putting out your fire with water, stir the embers and apply more water.

–         When using dirt or sand to put out a fire, use water. Still-burning coals still retain a good portion of their heat when buried.

 

Firewood Safety

Believe it or not, there are guidelines for firewood! Of course, these guidelines can vary from state to state, so you might want to brush up on some of these rules before going camping. The following guidelines, however, regard Georgia and the movement of wood across county or state lines.

 

Firstly, don’t move firewood! At least, be cautious about transporting it. Tree-killing insects, fungi, and diseases can hide in firewood. When the infected firewood travels, it takes those problems with it and even cause infestations in other areas. Even if you can’t see anything and the firewood seems fine, there could still be microscopic spores in the wood. And, because certain forest pests can occupy specific parts of the state, even moving wood a few miles or so can impact the new environment.

 

So what can you do? Well, you can use local firewood to start. However, if you’ve already brought your own firewood, the safest thing to do is burn ALL of it on-site before you leave. This helps to minimize potential distribution of pests. If you’re wondering how far you can transport your firewood, the answer is easy: don’t move firewood outside of the county it originated from.

For more information on Georgia firewood guidelines, please visit http://www.gatrees.org/ForestManagement/ForestHealth.cfm.

For information about your own state, you can visit your state’s Forestry Commission website.

 

And now for some campfire fun! We all know the campfire s’more classic: Hershey’s chocolate and marshmallow smashed between two graham crackers. But your campfire can help with so many other treats with just a bit of dedication.

 

Campfire Cherry Cobbler

Empty two 21-ounce cans of cherry pie filling into the bottom of a greased Dutch oven and cover with Bisquick shortcake batter. Put the lid on and place the pot directly onto the smoldering coals of the campfire, avoiding any intense flames. Cook for about thirty minutes, rotating every few minutes.

 

Banana Boat

Slice an unpeeled banana lengthwise without cutting all the way through the bottom peel. Pull it open and fill with marshmallows, chocolate, butterscotch, or chocolate chips, caramel, peanut butter, etc. Press the filling into the banana flesh and wrap it tightly in foil. Cook in the coals of the campfire away from the flames for about 10 minutes.

recipes obtained from chow.com

 

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com

Ready for Winter Weather?

February 15, 2012


Hello, again,  Enota Readers!

Are YOU Ready for Winter Weather?   Despite an unusually mild winter,  it has snowed in the North Georgia Mountains a couple times in the past week.  And although it is mid-February, many of us remember  big snow storms in the month of March!  So, even though there’s a lot of wishful thinking that spring will be early this year, we can’t become complacent.  Just in case,  let’s review emergency preparedness for winter storms…

Of course, the main point of any preparedness plan is to be ready BEFORE the announcements of inclement weather!   Getting ready before winter storms strike includes two main steps:

#1:  Create a home emergency preparedness closet with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your home as well as other items your family needs..  Ask yourself questions such as, “What is my family’s usual routine?  How can we make this experience safe, less-than-scary,  maybe even enjoyable?”  Household emergency supplies should include enough water,  food,  and other supplies to last a few days without power or help.  Things to have on hand include:   Food that doesn’t require heating or refrigeration,  such as canned meats, soups and stews,  cereal,  and energy bars.  Take into consideration your family’s likes and dislikes, food intolerances, etc.  Having a bunch of nearly-inedible food will not be comforting to your loved ones.

Be sure to include a manual can opener,  paper plates, and plastic cups and utensils.

Have at least 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days),  and don’t forget the pets!  They will need water (and food), too.

Also have on hand:  Flashlights and batteries,  a battery-powered radio and clock, cell phone. Other items, depending on your family’s habits and needs:  games,  puzzle books, etc.,  a first-aid kit,  cold-weather clothing and blankets for each family member.

 Make a plan and practice the plan with your family.  Stay informed and aware of approaching  weather  so that you are prepared for whatever the weather throws your way.  And,   even if you already have an emergency closet, read on… there might be a new idea or two… something you overlooked.

 #2:  Vehicle kits for  winter road travel  are also a good idea.  Keep your vehicle emergency kits up-to-date for the season!  (What if you were stranded in your vehicle?  How safe would you be?  And, for how long?)  Be sure to have warm blankets, first aid kit, water, protein snacks, pet supplies.

Road conditions can change in an instant. Before traveling, give cars a winter preparedness exam:

Check antifreeze;  Check and replace older batteries; Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line;  Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation;  and,  make sure that vehicles  contain the following emergency supplies:  Jumper cables,  ice scraper, bag  of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter  (the bag’s extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires),  a small shovel to dig away wheels or shovel dirt under wheels; flares or reflectors; and, emergency backpacks for each family member.  Each persons’  emergency backpack should include:  coat, hat,  and gloves;   snow-proof boots;  nonperishable food;  and a few dollars and a bit of change.

Other Cold Weather Considerations  (Info from FEMA)

  • Stay indoors during the storm.

  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.

  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.

  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.

  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.

  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.

  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.

  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

  • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).

  • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.

  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.

  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

    And, remember, Spring really

    IS just around the corner!

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180, Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966 email: enota@enota.com

official web site: http://www.enota.com

Green Garden 2012

January 2, 2012


Greetings, Enota Family!

Today we’re going to talk

about 10 simple hints to make

your garden greener this year:

#1: Buy plants that are suited to your region’s moisture conditions.  By selecting plants that naturally thrive in your particular region, you will conserve water and watering time. (If you live in an area with limited rainfall, your local nursery will offer drought-resistant plants.  Choose these!)

#2:  When planning your plant placement, group plants together according to their moisture requirements.  This will save water and prevent over-watering plants that don’t need as much water.

#3:  Decrease watering time by planting  water-hungry plants nearest your water source.  To further conserve water and maintenance time, try  drip irrigation for the moisture-loving part of your garden.  Drip irrigation reduces evaporation by directing the water where it is needed.

#4: Invest in a rain barrel or two.  By collecting rainwater, you can save lots on your water bill!  Use collected rainwater for the plants closest to the barrel for the best usage of this water.

#5: Use natural materials for mulch.  Natural mulch could consist of wood chips, acorns, pine straw, evergreen needles, etc.   Mulch looks good, conserves moisture, reduces weeds, and moderates soil temperature.

#6: Start a compost pile.  Compost converts yard waste into a great substance which will amend your garden soil.  Simply gather pest-free grass clippings, fall leaves, and plant debris; mix with some soil and fertilizer; moisten; pile it in a heap, and let it rot.  “Gold” for your garden!

#7: Don’t throw away burn twigs and small branches! t  Instead, weave them into decorative wattle fences.    This is an attractive and inexpensive way to add another dimension to your natural garden.

#8: Make compost tea instead of using commercial fertilizer.  Place compost in a permeable bag and soak it in water in a large bucket. Stir this once per day until the water turns brown.  Use as fertilizer.

#9: For a natural weed-killer, spray weeds with vinegar.  They will be gone within 8 hours or less!

#10: Tools:  Use hand tools or electric-powered tools whenever possible. (Running a gas-powered mower for an hour produces as much pollution as driving a car 100 miles!)   Donate old tools to charity, or recycle them into garden art.

Now is the time to start planning

your 2012 garden!

And, remember, for a hands-on organic gardening experience, visit us here at Enota Mountain Retreat. Here at Enota, we offer  organic farming and gardening as well as rest,  relaxation, and the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains.  We’d love to see you!

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com


Greetings, Enota Family!

Today we will talk about starting your own little plants for next spring’s garden. This will be the last part of this gardening series for a while; we hope you have enjoyed it and can use some of the info.

Selecting and Starting Seeds:

Selecting Your Seeds:

Especially for the new gardener, it pays  to buy seed from a reputable company. Or,  buy locally if you are certain that the local person is reputable… Certain varieties that do extremely well in certain areas have been grown for long periods from locally produced seed, and  that’s good so long as measures are taken to keep the strains pure.

Many vegetables will cross-pollinate,  resulting in  unsatisfactory fruiting results. For example,  sweet corn will cross with field corn,  so it’s unwise to save sweet corn seed if field corn is growing in the same neighborhood.   The custom of saving seed from a choice watermelon is safe, unless  other varieties of watermelons are growing nearby.  Beans do not readily cross and their seed also may be saved.

Seeds should be ordered well in advance of planting time, but only after the preparation of a garden plan that shows the size of the plantings and the quantity of seed required.  Choose varieties recommended for your location.

Seed Vitality:   Seeds may be divided into three groups as follows:

(1) Comparatively short-lived.  Usually not good after 1 to 2 years.  This category includes corn, leek, onion, parsley, parsnip, rhubarb, and salsify;

(2) Moderately lived.  Generally  good for 3 to 5 years – asparagus, beans, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, kale, lettuce, okra, peas, pepper, radish, spinach, turnip, and watermelon; and

(3) Long-lived.   May be good for more than 5 years – beet, cucumber, eggplant, muskmelon, and tomato.

Starting Plants Indoors

Lengthening of the growing season may be obtained by starting veggie  plants   rather than  sowing the seed directly in the garden.    With many  types of vegetables  it is almost impossible to get good results from seed sown directly in  the garden.

Seeds can be germinated and seedlings started in a box, pan or flowerpot of soil in a window. The plants must have a minimum of 6 hours direct sunlight, and the room must be kept warm – not below 60 at night, and around 70 during the daytime.  Length of  sunlight hours  can be “assisted” by using 40-watt fluorescent bulbs, kept at about 6 to 8 inches away from the plants.   Make a 1/2-inch furrow in the soil and sow seeds thinly in rows/  Cover the seeds lightly with sand or sphagnum moss.  Give the flat a fine mist of water, and cover it with a sheet of clear plastic.  (The plastic will subdue the light and also hold the moisture in.)

Now, place the flat in your window.  It will require no further care until after the seedlings have developed their first true leaves.  Then, they will be ready to transplant to other containers.  *** Don’t try to grow plants from seed too early – they will become spindly if you try to keep them indoors much longer than this stage!  Timing is everything – Study the seed catalogs and the seed packets to “guesstimate”  how soon you should start plants from seed!

There  are other more-complicated ways to start vegetable plants from seed.  For the novice gardener, purchasing all the equipment and learning all the methods might seem  daunting!    Hotbeds, cold frames, greenhouses,  plant hoods…  Not for the novice!   Seriously,  either stick to the method above, or just buy your plants from the local nursery or feed store.  There’s no shame in being new at something!  Better to buy healthy plants than to waste time and money trying to grow them without proper knowledge.

Hardening The Plants:

Plants should be gradually hardened, or toughened, for 2 weeks before planting in the open garden. This is done by slowing down their rate of growth to prepare them to withstand such conditions as chilling, drying winds, shortage of water, or high temperatures. Cabbage, lettuce, onion, and many other plants can be hardened to withstand frost; others, such as tomatoes and peppers cannot. Withholding water and lowering the temperature are the best ways to harden a plant.

Then,  about 10 days before being planted in the open ground, the young plants in beds or flats are blocked out with a large knife. Blocking, or cutting the roots, causes new roots to form quickly near the plants, making recovery from transplanting in the open easier. Blocking also makes it easier to remove the plants from the bed or flat with minimum injury.

The next step will be planting your veggies in your prepared garden bed.  A gardener anywhere in the United States can determine  safe planting dates for different crops by using the maps  in seed catalogs or by checking with your local Extension office.  Happy Planting!

Even though it’s not Spring or Summer,  come see us at Enota Mountain Retreat!  Nestled in the North Georgia Mountains, we offer beautiful views, hikes, and experiences year-round.  We’d love to see you!

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180, Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966 email: enota@enota.com

official web site: http://www.enota.com

Vegetable Garden Planning 101

December 10, 2011


Hello, again, Enota Family!

It might seem a bit extreme to start talking about planning next year’s vegetable garden in early-mid December; but, this is actually the perfect time to start such a plan…  Today we’re going to talk about planning a veggie garden – for beginners.  We will, then, continue with more details for the next couple posts. Hope y’all will enjoy…

Garden  Basics:  If you are a

beginner vegetable gardener,

here are basics on how to plan

your vegetable garden:    How

Big?  Where?  Which Veggies?

How Big?

An adequate beginner vegetable garden is 10×16 feet. We have listed below some ideas of what can be planted in a garden of this size.  These suggestions are easy to grow  for the garden newbie.  A garden this size, planted as suggested below, can feed a family of four for one summer, with a little extra for canning or giving away.

Start small.  And “plan big”.  One of the common errors for beginners is planting too much too soon and way more than anybody could eat or want.

Where?

Vegetables love the sun.  They require at least six hours  of sunlight each day, preferably more.  Some veggies need continuous sunlight in order to prosper and bear well.   In the early spring, walk around your property to see where the snow melts first… this will indicate the spots where the best sunlight is.

Vegetables need good,  well-drained soil.  Most backyard soil is not-so- perfect and will need the help of sand or compost,  or other enrichment.  Check with your local nursery or county extension office about soil testing and soil enrichment.

Placement is everything.  Vegetables need proper nutrition.  For example,  vegetables too close to a  tree will lose its nutrients to the tree’s larger and well-established  root system.  But, a garden close to your house will help  discourage wild animals from eating your plants and/or produce.

Vegetables need lots of water – a minimum of one inch  per week.  Obviously, if you don’t get any rain in any given week, you will need to water your vegetable garden.

One of the best resources for vegetable plant needs is seed catalogs.  Study  the catalogs, decide what will work for your needs,  and order early!

Which Veggies?

If your vegetable garden is 10 x 16 feet, as mentioned at the beginning of this post, then you will want to make 11 rows, each 10 feet long.  These rows can consist of the following easy-to-grow vegetables.  Leave 2 feet between bush beans, 1/2 foot between bush beans and lettuce, and 1 foot between all of the rest.   Your rows should run north and south to take full advantage

This is our suggested list of basic vegetables, in alphabetical order.  Of course,  if your family doesn’t like one of these vegetables,  there’s no need in growing it!  Add more of something you and your family like!

Or, plant flowers amidst your veggies for a happy and colorful garden.   For example,  marigolds are good to keep rabbits away,  and are especially beneficial to tomato and bell pepper plants.

Beets

Bush Beans

Cabbage

Carrots

Chard

Lettuce – leaf or Bibb

Peppers – 6 plants

Radishes

Tomatoes – 5 plants, staked

Zucchini –  plants

Some of these vegetables might yield more than one crop per season;   beans, beets,  cabbage,  lettuce,  and radishes are examples.

And, of course, if this garden is too big for your needs, make the rows shorter, thus making your garden plot smaller.  Choose the size and items according to your household’s needs and abilities – and enjoy planning that garden!

Remember this:  It’s better to be

proud of a small garden than to

be frustrated by a big one!

For a hands-on organic gardening experience, visit us here at Enota.  You will learn about organic gardening and organic animals while enjoying the beauty and serenity of the North Georgia Mountains.

 

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180, Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966 email: enota@enota.com

official web site: http://www.enota.com

A Banana A Day…

November 13, 2011


Greetings, Enota

Friends!

We’re all familiar with the old expression, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  But, today let’s talk about the benefits of a banana a day. When comparing a banana to an apple, the banana has five times as much vitamin A and iron, four times the protein, three times the phosphorous, and twice the carbohydrate. Bananas are also one of the best dietary sources of potassium.

Bananas contain three natural sugars-sucrose, fructose and glucose. A banana gives an instant and lasting boost in energy;  the banana is the number one fruit choice with  athletes. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.

Bananas are a great

natural therapy for

several medical

conditions.


Stomach Conditions:

Constipation:  Bananas are high in fiber which can help restore normal bowel action.   

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Hangovers:  A quick, natural cure for a hangover is a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.  The banana calms the stomach’ both the banana and the honey elevate the blood sugar (which is depleted by ingestion of alcohol), and the milk soothes and re-hydrates the GI system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body.

Ulcers:  Bananas neutralize elevated  stomach acid and coat the lining of the stomach.

Nervous System:

 Bananas are high in B vitamins which help calm the nervous system.

Brain Power:   Research has shown that the potassium in bananas  can help in learning and memorizing because the potassium makes pupils more alert

Depression:   Bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, which is known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

Seasonal Affective Disorder :  The natural mood enhancer, tryptophan,  is abundant in bananas;  the  tryptophan can help people who suffer with seasonal affective disorder.

Trying to quit Smoking?  Bananas contain vitamins B6 and B12 as well as potassium and magnesium,  all of which help the human body recover from nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels.  Eating a banana can put a stressed body back in balance.

The Circulatory System:

Anemia: Bananas are high  in iron, and can stimulate production of hemoglobin in the blood.

Strokes: According to a report in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Blood Pressure: Bananas are  extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making them perfect to beat blood pressure. s The US Food and Drug Administration has recently allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

And, Some Banana Trivia:

Mosquito bites:  Rather than using anti-itch creams, try rub the mosquito bite area with the inside of a banana skin! Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature.   They are often used for pregnant women. Bananas have also been proven to help alleviate symptoms of PMS.

Shoe shine, anybody?   Take the inside of the banana skin, and rub it directly on the shoe… polish with dry cloth.   And, Voila!   A quick shoe shine.

Oh, and don’t forget to throw your banana peels under the rose bushes! Rose bushes thrive on them!

Another way to relieve stress is to take a relaxing vacation. Book  a reservation with Enota Mountain Retreat for a therapeutic experience.  We can accommodate  small families or large groups.  Stay with us and experience the beauty and tranquility of the North Georgia Mountains.

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com

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