Go Bananas for Bananas!
Did you know… the banana is not actually a tree but, the world’s largest herb? Not only are bananas delicious, they are loaded with nutrients! They are naturally “prepackaged” making them the perfect grab and go snack. These yellow-skinned treats are ideal for health because they have a sweet and creamy taste most people enjoy. Have a banana for your afternoon snack to help peel away the pounds.
Bananas are an awesome source of potassium, packing in about 300mg-400mg per medium banana. The Banana’s high potassium content may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. With only 110 calories, 3g fiber, and 2g protein for a medium banana they are a great addition to your daily diet. Bananas also contain electrolytes, which are essential for maintaining fluid levels and preventing dehydration. This makes bananas an excellent pre or post workout snack. Due to the abundance of vitamins and minerals, bananas are a great source of natural energy. Next time you begin to feel sluggish midday, grab yourself a banana and skip that second cup of coffee.
To keep your bananas fresh and delicious, store them at room temperature. If you notice your bananas are getting a little spotty don’t toss them in the trash, freeze them. Frozen bananas are perfect for fruit smoothies. Green bananas can be stored in a brown paper bag at room temperature to speed up the ripening time.
Including bananas into your daily diet is very beneficial. Here are a few ways to easily add them in: incorporate a banana into your H3 Eye-Opener Oatmeal every morning, whip up a peach and banana smoothie with non-fat yogurt and skim milk, or bake banana flax muffins. Check out the Healthy Recipe page on h3daily.com for more recipes ideas. Go ahead, go bananas!