*What do you see when you look at a banana?*
A long, curved, creamy pale fruit in a bright yellow skin, eh?
Fair enough, you are not at all wrong. Don’t worry I haven’t gone crazy. I see exactly the same thing too. But, what I also see is a great source of fibre and natural sugar that is perfect for prolonged and slow energy release.
In fact there are many health benefits to eating bananas that you may not be aware of:
High blood pressure prevention-they contain a high level of potassium and little sodium which is the perfect ratio of these ions to prevent high blood pressure
Reduce the effects of depression- bananas contain tryptophan which is a precursor to the happy hormone serotonin, meaning more smiles all round!
Great for anemia sufferers- they are a packed full of iron
Improve nerve function– as they contain high levels of Vitamin B, which has been shown to enhance nerve function in some studies
Maintains blood sugar levels– snacking on bananas between meals is a healthy way to keep blood sugar at a constant level as they contain high levels of natural sugar
Calms mosquito bites– many believe that by rubbing the inside of a banana skin on to mosquito bites it reduces the level of irritation.
I’m a big banana fan and eat quite a lot of bananas as a snack or as an ingredient. One of my favourite ways to use it is in my Banana and Vanilla Tofu…
They’re also great in green smoothies to make them thick and creamy.
My Triple Chocolate Nut Green Smoothie is great after a long run to fill up on those calories you have just worked so hard to burn.
And if you are not on a green smoothie high, you may like to keep it simple with something like a Chocolate and Nana Shake for instance.
They also make the best soft serve custard to go with any breakfast pudding, especially of the chocolate variety…
…delicious Chocolate Pudding with Custard!
Of course we cannot forget that bananas are a key ingredient in my Choco, PB and Nana Pudding too.
Or you may want to try my Banana Bread Batter recipe because it’s simply delicious…
…I tell no lies! 🙂
1/2 cup of oats
1 cup of kara coconut milk (or any other non-dairy alternative)
2 cups of water
1 tap of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of ginger
1 mashed banana
Place the oats, water, coconut milk, cinnamon, ginger and mashed banana in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Check and stir the oats to make sure that all of the ingredients are incorporated. Microwave for another 3 minutes until the oats are fully cooked. You may have to stop and stir the oats during this time.
Once the oats are cooked pour them into the blender, until the oats turn into a smooth texture. There should be no lumps in your banana bread mixture.
Next go heavy on the toppings. Surely, it would be a crime not to?!?
I topped mine with banana chips that I made in my dehydrator, shredded coconut and a swirl of Hershey’s chocolate sauce. I ate this after this mornings run and I was in banana bread heaven!
And if none of the above appeals, Alfie assures me that the skin of bananas is great for practicing your suturing techniques on…
…if you are that way inclined of course! 🙂
Are you a banana fan?
How do you like to eat your bananas?
Do you have a favourite banana recipe you’d like to share?