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Cheap, Healthy, Energetic: Bananas

Bananas are conveniently packaged and are one of the most consumed fruits all over the world. Versatile due to its texture, they are very nutritious and eating them regularly has its advantages (not just because they taste amazing in smoothies and pies). They are a cheap snack, fulfilling and provide plenty of benefits.

Are bananas good for you?

There are many reasons to eat bananas.

  • They fit any type of dietary requirements.
  • Bananas are high in vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber and protein.
  • High on potassium, which helps maintain a low blood pressure, protects blood vessels from oxidative damage and keeps vessel walls from thickening.
  • Aids in digestion by producing digestive enzymes.
  • High in fiber.
  • Natural antacid, coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.
  • High in antioxidants.
  • High on B vitamin and magnesium, which grouped with potassium, helps fight withdrawal symptoms.
  • Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that improves mood and aids memory.
  • An effective diarrhea treatment, as they promote regularity and replenish what was lost.
  • The inside of a banana peel can be used as “quick shoe polish”, provided you use a clean cloth afterwards to wipe off excess
Bananas for the busy, on the go
  • A breakfast smoothie with banana, avocado and almond milk will fill you up, is incredibly healthy, easy to prepare and delicious if the ingredients are ripe.
  • Grab a banana before leaving home if you don’t have time to prepare breakfast or eat one between meals.
  • Make a peanut butter and banana sandwich to replace both a sugar craving and a meal.
  • Add them to oatmeal or porridge for a healthier breakfast.
  • Eat them with honey, cinnamon and nuts. You can also heat this mixture and use it as a sweet filling for pancakes.
  • Freeze them when they are ripe, so they don’t spoil, and use them later in smoothies or cooking.

 

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