Happy National Banana Lover's Day!

Instead of a banana recipe (which at the bottom of this article you have plenty to choose from!), we'll be sharing some quick and easy snack ideas that revolve around bananas. Bananas are a great snack to have before a work-out, preventing build up of lactic acid, so grab one before the gym! Here are a few snack ideas, great for on the go, kids lunches and even the munchies:

  • Pecan Butter and Banana Sandwich: Try a new nut butter (Pecan, Walnut, Macadamia?) and slather it on whole wheat bread. Top with fresh banana slices!
  • Frozen Banana Bites: Slice bananas and freeze for an hour. In the microwave, melt dark chocolate and dip frozen banana pieces in it. Roll in toasted coconut!
  • Fruit Kebabs: Using wooden skewers, skewer bananas, strawberries, pineapple and any other of your favorite fruits for a colorful display of health!
  • Cocoa Banana Smoothie: using a frozen banana, place in blender with skim milk, peanut butter, raw cocoa powder and blend until smooth. Great treat for a hot day and will satisfy any craving!
Eat, Drink, Be Merry, Eat Again

Bar crawling is like running a marathon. With all that drinking and "crawling" from one place to the next, nourishment and replenishment is key. Make sure to gobble down some hearty food, before and after the journey.

Before Drinking:

No one wants to go out with someone who's starving and becomes instantly intoxicated and sick after the first drink. Don't be that person.

Grab something that will thickly coat and protect the inner lining of the stomach, the place where alcohol is absorbed. Dairy products, such as cheese and a glass of milk, lubricate the belly in a way that allows for some absorption (and thereby drunkeness), but not a toxic amount. Carbohydrates, such as pizza, bread and pasta are also great contenders.

Fall For That Sweet Tooth

Tasty Clouds Cotton Candy Company was inspired by a pregnant woman craving freshly made cotton candy. Now you can take pleasure in any kind of sweet Tasty Cloud has to offer.

With autumn here Joonbug was glaring at the Caramel Apples. Available in red or brown caramel, Tasty Cloud uses fresh apples and covers them in cereal crunch or peanuts. Tasty individually wraps them for that sweet tooth on the go or you can just eat it right there and then.

Not a candy apple fan. Well, the cotton candy is offered in more than pink and blue flavors. Try pink vanilla, cherry, strawberry, watermelon, bubblegum, blue raspberry, orange, grape, banana, lemon, pina colada, lime and apple.

Lil Rae Cakes: Small on Size, Big on Flavor

The woman behind Lil Rae Cakes is Jenny Rae, who started the successful “cake-ball” bakery after prompting from friends and family. Taste one or two of her cake balls and you can see why. Biting into a Lil Rae Cake is like biting into a piece of your southern grandma’s secret family recipe. It is both immensely rich and dense but perfectly light and fluffy at the same time. The vanilla is reminiscent of the animal cookies of your childhood. The lemon inspires visions of a gorgeous lemon pound cake with vanilla frosting dripping down the sides. And, luckily for all of us, that is just the beginning.

Bananas, Bands, and Library Cards

Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker, and Doug Yule, members of the pioneering New York City art band The Velvet Underground, will be reuniting for a public appearance at the New York Public Library on December 8. The influential musicians will not be joining together for yet another band reformulation, but they will be key speakers in a panel discussion with rock journalist David Fricke to discuss their music and influence in the budding art scene that germinated from New York during the sixties.

The band forum, a part of the “LIVE from the NYPL” series, is a response to growing interest in the group by way of the release of the new book, The Velvet Underground: New York Art. The book contains a rare collection of handwritten music and lyrics by Reed, unseen performance photographs, underground press clippings, and posters and cover art by Andy Warhol, the group’s manager/producer during their early years.