Bananas are a very diverse fruit, you can add them to smoothies, oatmeal, fruit salad or throw one in your bag for a nutrient dense snack on-the-go, they really are the king of fruits and for good reason.
Bananas are high in a fiber called pectin and un-ripe bananas contain resistant starch, which acts like a soluble fiber and escapes digestion. This helps to moderate blood sugar levels and reduce appetite by slowing down digestion. Furthermore, being overall high in dietary fiber, with a medium sized banana containing around 3 grams of fiber, they can help those experiencing digestive issues by feeding friendly gut bacteria.
This tasty fruit is also very high in potassium which helps support cardiovascular health, controlling stable blood pressure. They also contain powerful antioxidants such as catechins and dopamine, which may reduce cell damage from free radicals and reduce the risk of degenerative diseases.
Many athletes reach for bananas as a quick pre or post workout snack as they provide easily digested carbohydrates and can help reduce muscle soreness due to their high magnesium and potassium content, these minerals also help to balance electrolytes, keeping you hydrated after your workout!
Bananas are great to eat alone and are one of the most versatile fruits that taste amazing in smoothies, can be added to delicious banana bread when overripe or made into a decedent banana pudding, there really are so many options for this amazing fruit.
Storage and prep tips – to make bananas last longer and not ripen too quickly put them in a cool, well ventilated, dark spot in the house away from direct sunlight and heat. Also make sure you store your bananas away from other fruits and vegetables as they give off a gas called ethylene which will make your bananas ripen faster. If they start to ripen too much for your liking peel them and cut them into little chunks to put in a glad bag and freeze, that way they can be used for smoothies or defrosted to make banana bread in the future and you wont have wastage!