Category Archives: Smoothies

An A-PEELing – And Edible – Banana

Here's a pop quiz for all of our Maui Wowi smoothie lovers: What food is packed with vitamins and fiber, but is almost always purchased just to be thrown away? If you said banana peels, you’re absolutely right. The banana may be one of the world’s most recognizable comedy props, but the humble banana peel is nothing to...
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Your Best “Fast Food” Alternative: Smoothies

Are you looking for something to eat that's "fast"? Would you like to eat something that's not only fast but healthy? Smoothies -- everyone seems to be drinking them -- why are they so popular? Smoothies can be one of the best "fast foods" your body can enjoy. Here are a few smoothie benefits: 1. By choosing the...
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Smoothies That Are Peachy

Do you love the sweet taste of peaches? Do you love fresh fruit smoothies? Then you're going to absolutely LOVE Maui Wowi's Orchard Peach smoothies! Just in time for the summer heat, the cool refreshing-juicy-sweet-taste of peaches blended with fat-free yogurt and a fresh banana - will have you feeling peachy keen! peach Read more

Is A Ripe Or Unripe Banana Better For You?

Do you eat bananas?

Did you know that the nutritional properties of those bananas hanging in your kitchen change as they grow riper?

bananasAs bananas ripen, they become sweeter. Why? Because there are enzymes in the banana that begin to break down starches, which aren’t generally sweet, into sugar. This also makes the banana easier to digest.

Watch the video above to see a time lapse of a banana ripening.

Ad_MauiWowiRecently, Japanese researchers discovered something fascinating about bananas: as a banana ripens, it produces more antioxidants than a fresher greener one. When a banana has dark spots on it, TNF, or Tumor Necrosis Factor is produced, which is a substance that combats cancer and abnormal cells. The darker the spots, the more powerful the banana at killing cancer cells. A ripe banana is eight times more effective in boosting the body's immune system than a fresh banana is.

So what's the best time to eat a banana? When it’s fully ripe. But it’s worth noting, if you suffer type 2 diabetes, you may want to eat a ripe banana with nut butter. The fats in the nut butter will slow down sugar absorption in your blood stream so it doesn't hit you all at once, making it easier for your body to break down.

At Maui Wowi, we put bananas in our smoothies - it puts the "smooth" in smoothie - and it makes an awesome natural sweetener. So if you see some "ugly" bananas at the Maui Wowi tiki bar, don't worry.....they're not bad.....and actually they will make your smoothie taste even sweeter. So sip away and be healthy!