-Bananas contain 15% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C which helps your body heal and absorb iron, making it a great workout recovery food!
-Bananas supply 20% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B6 which protects your immune system by synthesizing antibodies, helps with metabolism of proteins and central nervous system function.
-Bananas contain soluble fiber and complex carbohydrates which makes you feel full longer, helping you eat less.
-The 422mg of potassium in the average banana also stimulates muscles, nerves and brain cells.
Bananas are a natural sweetener, so if want to cut out refined sugars, bananas are a healthy way to keep the sweetness in your diet! Bananas also a add thickness and creaminess to smoothies and milkshakes. Also, freeze bananas once they become overripe and use in smoothies and milkshakes later.
If you’re tired of eating plain bananas, try some of these easy, delectable, healthy ideas to enliven your taste buds! Now go grab yourself a banana!
Note: (I’ve made all these recipes in my college apartment, some may not work in the dorm if you don’t have access to a blender or oven and freezer)
1) Grilled bananas
-keeping the skin on, slice open a banana curve side up, but be careful not to cut through the skin on the bottom side
-place the banana on aluminum foil
-add toppings like strawberries, chocolate chips, honey, coconut, nuts, or granola and bake in the oven for about 12-15 mins. on 350
-This is a fun snack to make with friends, at a friend’s apartment we had a toppings bar and everyone created their own! It’s fun to see the combinations people come up with
2) Green Monster Milkshake (perfect workout recovery snack!)
-add frozen bananas, milk (chocolate, soy, plain…), almond butter, cinnamon, fresh spinach to a blender
-frozen bananas, frozen strawberries, apple juice, squeeze of lime juice
-add greek yogurt for protein (the Chobani brand is my personal favorite)
3) “Happy wrap” (This is what my summer camp called the recipe we made before hikes!)
-whole wheat wrap, spread on peanut butter, add sliced bananas, raisins, granola and honey
-great on the go meal!
4) Breakfast Oatmeal
-add slices of banana to raw oats and milk (or soy/almond milk) and microwave about 1-2 mins.
-topping ideas: nuts, nut-butter, chia seeds, pumpkin/sunflower seeds, raw shredded coconut, honey, granola, ground flax seed
5) Banana “ice cream”
-Puree frozen bananas and milk in a blender (make the same way as the milkshake but use less milk)
-Let chill in the freezer until it reaches desired consistency
6) Frozen banana treats
-dice a banana and place separately onto parchment paper
-spread peanut butter on each slice
-melt chocolate chips and spoon over slices until covered
-freeze for about 1 hour and enjoy!