Bananas are magic in more ways than you know and the minions from despicable me must be onto something, so what? Read on to find out more…
Minions are more than just adorable little yellow beings that help Dr Gru from the movie Despicable Me in my household; they are creatures that have opened doors to getting my son eating healthily because of his little yellow friend obsession!
My little boy, Henry loves to collect minions of all types, even the purple ones. They are funny, cute and should exist in reality to my mind and his. But also because of their existence the minions have also assisted in healthy eating.
I am not the only parent to notice the change in their offspring in regards to eating fresh fruit. Minion’s all-time favourite food is bananas but also they love apples too! Since watching some minion shorts on YouTube my son has wanted to find banana recipes. I tried to bake him banana bread, he kind of liked it but the rest of the family hated it. Then I remembered when Henry was a small baby into being a toddler, he used to love banana sandwiches (a favourite of his grandmother’s), but then he grew out of it. Recently though, on Henry’s quest for banana recipes I have got him back to eating banana sandwiches again, a firm favourite of his now.
Way before the minions existed however, it is strange that I used to have a weird habit of randomly saying the word “Banana” just for fun at times I couldn’t think of anything else to say… it became my little quirk for years, this started around 2001 and I kind of grew out of it in late 2008 because an ex-boyfriend of mine made me uneasy about being so free with the word “Banana”. He was a stickler for having things in context and when I said the word “Banana” it was always out of context and he made me feel silly and immature.
Bananas have always been important to me for more reasons than just my weird little habit and loving the minions so much… they have always been part of my daily diet, on days I don’t have a banana I feel listless and lacking in physical energy compared to days I have a banana.
My favourite milkshake of all time is banana flavour; I prefer homemade milkshakes though – especially since I have been diagnosed lactose intolerant last year. Banana milkshake is still tasty with the lactose free milk though! I now make my banana milkshake with Nesquick banana mix and moo free milk and lactose free ice-cream, I then mush up an over ripe banana and blitz, it’s very scrummy and far outweighs anything McDonalds could give me.
Before I got ill, I regarded myself as very sporty and active, lunch would always contain a large banana.
Bananas are all clones of each other and potentially a disease that would affect one will affect all the bananas in the world, meaning we are so close to losing bananas forever… a worrying concept for me and my son as we are more than a little obsessed with the tasty snack! Did you know as well that a banana is actually a berry and it is a sterile mutation?
Bananas are also sacred to the Hindu God Vishnu and there are many stories about why it is so important to Hindu faith. Along with Hinduism bananas are also sacred in Buddhism as it is the favoured plant for Buddha.
Gurus from India believe that the banana tree is a portal to the other realm, the realm of the gods and they call the tree the talking tree, because there are many tales that the Gods spoke to mortals through the tree.
The banana also assists with two chakras, the solar plexus and the sacral.
Two banana trees grown outside of a building are spiritual protectors of the residents within. It is also believed that if you carry a banana with you when travelling the banana will protect you from harm.
It is also widely believed that if you dry a banana and rub it on a man’s body that he becomes more sexually energetic and longer lasting carnally!
Bananas are the symbols of masculinity and it isn’t hard to see why! Bananas used in magick will help with monetary spells, spells for protection and sexual potency.
So there is more to the banana than first meets the eye!
So the next time you hear a minion shout “BANANA” there are many reasons why they are so obsessed with the wonderful yellow berry!