Today, I want to share with you why bananas are so great for you. At the end, I sneak in my all-time favorite banana recipe. With a creamy and sweet taste and perfect yellow packaging, bananas are a fantastic snack that can be enjoyed all year round. One medium sized banana contains about 105 calories and are a very good source for Vitamin B6, manganese, Vitamin C, Fiber, Potassium, Biotin, and Copper. For a more in-depth nutritional profile of a banana: click here.
Why I love Bananas:
1. They improve your mood – containing high levels of tryptohpan, which converts into serotonin (aka the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter)
2. These bad boys lower your blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke with the high content of potassium and low sodium amounts.
3. Bananas can help you become more “regular.” They contain a soluble fiber called pectin that can help normalize movements through the digestive tract.
4. With 25% of your daily vitamin B6, which allows your body to make nonessential amino acids to create healthy cells.
5. Super versatile and easy to transport. I have included these in all kinds of recipes from smoothies to breads to desserts.
6. Bananas are the perfect fuel for athletes because they provide the carbs that your muscles need and contain antioxidants that help speed up your recovery.
7. They help you feel full longer. The 6 grams of resistant starch in the banana is a carb that resists digestion, functioning like fiber. The greener the banana the more resistant starch it contains.
Yummy Banana Cookies
Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas, 2 cups gluten-free oats, 1 cup dates (pitted and chopped), 1/3 cup apple sauce, & 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Feel free to add in 1/4 of walnuts or chocolate chips!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in oats, dates, apple sauce, and vanilla. Mix well, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated over, or until lightly brown.
** If you want your bananas to ripen faster, just put them in a closed paper bag with an apple, pear, or tomato. The more ripe the bananas the sweeter they taste! I know how easy it is to eat these once out of the oven, but try to resist and be careful not to over eat these sweet treats.