Many of us know that bananas make an amazing snack, but what you may not know is why exactly!
Touted as possibly the world’s most perfect fruit, the banana contains many important vitamins and minerals for example vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium and magnesium, that help improve cognitive function.
Potassium in particular is an important mineral that helps the brain transmit messages. Bananas have been shown to boost brain power and sharpen one’s focus therefore increasing your ability to learn and pay attention more easily.
Full of dietary fibre, bananas aid digestion and help you avoid that horrible bloated feeling. As they are low in kilojoules as well, you can begin to see why this is a super healthy snack option.
Bananas also contain the important amino acid tryptophan which is only obtained from food. Tryptophan is vital in the function of serotonin and melatonin, so bananas are a great way to boost that feel good hormone and help regulate sleep. Who doesn’t want to be in a good mood all of the time?!
This super fruit has also been associated with improved heart health and offers long lasting energy, so it is handy to have one on your desk, especially when that 3pm slump hits!
Enjoyable on their own, they are the quick and easy snack option. However, if you want to dress your banana up a little here are a few suggestions:
Make a fruit salad as banana pairs well with apples, oranges, grapes, berries etc.
Banana smoothies are a quick, easy and delicious option
Bake some banana bread. There are plenty of low sugar and gluten free recipes available online these days
Sprinkle some desiccated coconut on top of your banana slices and up the healthy fat content which will leave you feeling fuller for longer
Drizzle some yoghurt over your chopped banana
Freeze some bananas and then whip them in a high-powered blender to make banana ice cream!
Affordable, transportable and easy to open, bananas really do have a host of benefits so be sure to have one at the ready!