30 Bananas a Day!

What fruits have the highest calories?
Most people stock up on bananas and dates because they are high in calories, commonly available, easy to eat and cost effective.  Starting out, making datorade will help keep your calories up as you get used to eating more fruit.  Many experienced 811/HCRVers still use it regularly,  it's a great sports drink!

How to make Datorade: About 20 soaked dates per blender full of water (you use the soak water, as the sweetness goes into the water).  I like my datorade thick like a milk shake and my husband likes it smoothie thin, so you'll have to play with it and add more water or more dates depending.  I highly recommend Khadrawi dates, pure heaven!  When I first made datorade I had to strain it because I was not used to the frothy top and candy chunks, now I love everything about it.  I love to drink my datorades with sliced apples or bananas and/or lettuce leaves. Perfect combos!!!  In the off season Shield's has good stocks.

Other high calorie fruits:
Bananas (deserve the highest rank as food for humans), Mango, Grapes, Sweetsop, Custard Apple, Cempedak, Canistel, Akee, Sapotes, Plantains, Persimmons, Figs, Mamey, Cherimoya, Durian and more.  There are so many different fruits on the planet that we could eat a different variety every day for the rest of our lives! The ones that are easy to ship are the ones most available to most people.  Online resources such as http://www.earthsource.us/ and asian markets are a good place to find less common fruits.

Tracking calories is essential to 811/HCRV success!  As you do this, you will soon memorize the caloric content in the fruits you eat, and eating this way will quickly become second nature! :)  Most folks use cronometer set to 30BaD settings and the calorie goals set to their own goals of 10 grams of carbs per kilo of body weight,  multiply by 4 for calories,  with a 2,500 minimum for ladies and 3,000 minimum for gentleman.
Eating fruit ripe is crucial to proper digestion and ensures you are getting the calories and nutrients you  intended upon.  Ripe fruit is super sweet with zero sourness.  Some fruits can ripen after picking if they're not picked too early.  Some fruits do not ripen after being picked.  
Make sure to return bad fruit!  The standards are getting lower every year because the sellers only care about profit and as long as people keep buying unripe and inedible fruit they will keep selling as poor quality produce as the market will bear.  Do your part and return unripe, overripe, poor quality produce.
Grow your own any way you can!  Home grown has far superior quality to any other produce, our home grown lettuce, grown on remineralized soil, easily has ten times the nutrients as any other organic store or farmer's market lettuce we have ever had.  Window gardening is also an option!
Wholesale buying will save money.  Video and tips.

Best Wishes On Your Fruitful Journeys!  :)

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Comment by Flower on November 19, 2014 at 6:29am

hihi, yes, I always bring dates or bananas with me at work or school. I mostly eat before going to work and eat there 10 or 15 dates. ( ripe bananas break fast on my way )

Comment by PK on July 6, 2014 at 6:53am

Wow Shell, this is/was great work.  I either missed this or forgot about it.  I will add it to the FAD collection.  Do you mind adding a FAD tag to it too?  

I was thinking about writing something similar to this because you are right, many people buy a lot of bananas and dates because of caloric density and or cost, but forget that there are many other calorie dense fruits out there, and some of them like mangoes and oranges might be more nutrient dense or have better nutrient ratios such as calcium to phosphorus than bananas do.  

And depending on time of year, they might be just as affordable as bananas!  

I totally agree with going to Asian and Ethnic markets to save money.  People who live within 1-2 hours of big cities could make 1-2 trips a month and stock up.  

Peace, PK

Comment by Leona Fae on June 4, 2014 at 9:16pm

I found this link to be very helpful with finding what calories are in which fruits! Bookmark it ;)
Comment by Herro World on May 27, 2014 at 1:56pm
Some other places to buy fruit online, durian, mamey sapote, white sapote, cherimoyas etc
Comment by Lisa on May 27, 2014 at 1:35pm

Thank you so much!  This is very helpful :)

Comment by ednshell on May 27, 2014 at 7:43am

Hi Lisa, the consensus is that cronometer is far easier than any other food tracker, I have only used nutridiary myself.   If you do want to try it, here are some tips from Sheepmobile:

Tips for Cronometer:

  • the calorie targets given by cronometer are lower than what is recommended on 30BaD for high energy and good perfomance, so adjust your cronometer calorie and macronutrient targets accordingly
  • make sure you use 80/10/10 or 30BaD as your base setting for macronutrient ratio
  • hovering over the pie chart with your mouse pointer will give you the pertages for macronutrients
  • weighing your food is much more accurate then just going by average size (i.e. 6 medium bananas)
  • some micronutrient targets are set rather high by default (one example being sodium), so don't worry if you stay below target
  • also don't worry if you don't hit all micronutrient targets every single day
  • nutrition reports which can be found under the 'trends' header are a useful tool to see if you are hitting micronutrient targets over time. If you aren't hitting them, you might need a greatre variety of fruit and veg in your diet
Comment by Lisa on May 26, 2014 at 2:31pm

Could you clarify what you mean by setting Cronometer to 30BaD settings?  I currently use FitDay and am willing to change to Cronometer if it's easier.  Thanks! :)

Comment by Jeh Rhm on May 12, 2014 at 6:52am

It's true that bananas get mushy faster in warm climates. Like Hawaii.

BTW: Costco is now selling Dole organic bananas along side of the commercial stock for the same price of 69 cents/pound !

Comment by Dennis Price on June 9, 2013 at 11:56am

yeah when they are ripe, they are completely black

Comment by ednshell on June 7, 2013 at 9:35am

I have never eaten them but I believe they have to be black on the outside to be sweet and ripe on the inside.


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