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What to have lunch? Try the peaches and banana

If you are looking for something to eat for lunch, try peaches and bananas. Not only will they fill you up, but you’ll also be consuming vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and still not gaining appreciable weight. Not bad if you are like me, not so young and watching everything you eat.

Why not? After all, the body is no longer what it was, the food-grinding machine of a sixteen-year-old, or twenty-six, for that matter.

Cheeseburgers or Egusi / Melon Soup with Crushed Yam are delicious foods, but they don’t always need to be eaten, unless of course you are lucky enough to be into manual labor.

But I am not so lucky, since most of the time I do a sedentary job. Not that I don’t like my job, but I wish it came with some real physical activities, enough to sweat and keep the weight off perpetually, but not enough to tire my ankles, knees, and bones. I will need them when I turn ninety, like my nonagenarian friend. Well that’s by the way.

For starters, peaches and bananas complement each other like water and cement. In combination, they will satisfy your hunger and satisfy your appetite.

If you’re wondering where to get fresh peaches and bananas, stores like Big Y, Stop, and Shop are my favorites. Find a store near you where you can easily get your supply of fresh peaches and bananas.

Until I started writing this article, I never knew that peaches could refresh the body, face, the appearance of the skin, and even slow the aging process. You don’t need any more reasons to include peaches on your menu, right?

One particular afternoon I was looking for something to eat for lunch instead of almond nuts. I usually skip lunch because I think that lunch is not important, especially if you are like me with a sedentary lifestyle. I sit all day, every now and then I get up to stretch a hand, but quickly I sit back in a chair.

The point is, I don’t do much and therefore I don’t deserve much food. Some days, however, when he was hungry (not without a feeling of guilt), he would drive to a nearby grocery store and buy a bag or two of almond nuts. I immediately went back to the car, my finger opening the small plastic bag and decanting nuts, three or five at a time, until it was done. After that, I would face the other pack and hit it like I did the first one. Each bag had 130 calories, so together this little snack gave me 260 calories.

Most of the time my hunger disappeared, allowing me to continue during the day with my sedentary lifestyle of sitting on my stool, from time to time I would stand up if I have to emphasize a point when talking to parents and their children, doing my best to alleviate, even if only temporarily, their physical and sometimes mental afflictions.

Do not misunderstand. Sometimes I go from one consulting room to another, cross the short hall to the refrigerator to select a vaccine, or reach out to rummage through wall cabinets for a needle, syringe, or gloves.

No one in their senses would call any of these activities anything other than sedentary, so a large load of food, like mashed yams or Garri, or rice or goat meat or soup or French fries or hamburgers or sandwiches, would be unnecessary. So I tried to keep my lunch very simple and limited to almond nuts.

So that afternoon when I was looking for what to eat instead of almonds, my mind turned to the banana and peaches. Well, not that I never ate bananas or peaches, but I never knew that they could be a good replacement for my two packets of almonds at about 260 calories. Somewhere in my brain, the banana and peaches had been hidden in plain sight since I watched my son Jermane bite into a piece of banana and my daughter Amy bite into a piece of peaches.

“Is that all the peaches you bought?” I asked Amy when I saw her eat a big peach. “Yes, Dad, I’m sorry,” he said.

The next day at lunchtime, instead of buying two packets of almonds at the corner store, I went to the ‘Stop and Shop’ grocery store and selected two ripe but firm peaches and a bunch of four ripe bananas. and firm.

Back in my car I looked under the seats and found a half-full bottle of water with which I washed the peaches. I put one peach on a clean napkin on the front passenger seat and held up the other, re-examining it for dents and soft spots, which I don’t like on fruit.

Satisfied, I bit into it with my teeth and took a piece of juicy peach. What a delicious, refreshing and slightly tart taste! The velvety feel of the skin made me want to hold the fruit a little longer, but hunger was taking over.

Peaches are nutritious, with many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. I don’t think they are given the respect they deserve among the fruit family.

Banana is a very popular and ubiquitous fruit, so there is no need to discuss it in detail, just to say that I take the time to choose my banana as I want it in exactly the right way, not overripe or underripe, just mature. , strong and easy to peel from the top, not squishy. Like peaches, bananas contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

As usual, the banana did not disappoint, and I ate two of the four. Shortly after my hunger was gone, I began to suffer from post-gluttony despair.

Perhaps I have overdone food, the sweet food that I still remember my grandmother warning me about when I was a child. I had run away to stay with her in my village of Akokwa, because I wanted to escape the scrutiny of my parents. My mother in particular came to my room very often to see how I was doing and asked me: “Are you okay, my son?” even though all he wanted to know was who I was with. Grandma never bothered with any of that; He brought me bitter leaf soup with dried fish, his eighteen-year-old grandson: bitter leaf soup, cooked with dried fish.

Oh, I miss grandma. Forgive me where I have strayed, but I thought you should understand the kind of person I am, at least a little bit of what I was as a child.

Forced by the type of person I’ve become, I added the calories and cost of two peaches and two bananas. One peach, the size I ate, had about 70 calories, two of them 140 calories. Let’s say one huge banana contains 150 calories, two contain 300 calories. Together, two large peaches and two large bananas add up to about 440 calories; not that expensive either, all for the price of just $ 2.00.

Peaches and bananas fill the stomach better than two small packets of almonds. The next time you’re wondering what to eat for lunch, try two peaches and two bananas. I promise you will enjoy them. If you are a weight watcher, don’t feel guilty; You will have had a healthy meal and only consumed about 500 calories.

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