Could there be a better energy snack than a banana? Nutrient rich, sweet, tasty and packed in their own case, Aussie bananas are one of the most convenient and nutritious natural foods out there which is why I have come on board as an official ambassador to Australian Bananas. My job is to help share the message that a banana is a perfect snack choice for busy people; a sweet, nutrient rich choice for busy infants and toddlers and a superfood as we get older thanks to the wide range of essential nutrients a banana offers. Have you had one today?
Nutritionally a banana offers carbs for energy, a massive 2-3g of dietary fibre per banana as well as Vitamin B, magnesium, potassium and Vitamin C. Contrary to popular opinion, a banana does not contain a lot of sugar, rather 20-25g of total carbs, or the equivalent of a couple of slices of wholegrain bread worth of energy per serve. For this reason, bananas are the perfect energy rich food for growing kids, any active person training regularly or for those wanting the fibre benefits of the significant dose of resistant starch a banana offers.
So if you are a banana lover, or know you would benefit from the nutrition a banana offers, here are the best ways to use a banana in your daily nutritional plan.
1. As a breakfast fibre boost
Add a serve of natural carbs, along with an extra 2-3g of fibre to your favourite breakfast smoothie, yoghurt or cereal mix.
2. As a pre-workout energy boost
The best time to consume concentrated carbs is an hour or so before you train meaning a banana is a perfect late afternoon or early morning pre-workout snack.
3. In baking
Whether you like banana bread, muffins or cakes, the easiest way to reduce the amount of sugar in your baking is to replace it with fresh fruit.
4. As a snack on the run
How many times have you found yourself out and about and hungry without a tasty snack to get you through. Always carry a banana for the perfect self packaged energy rich snack on the go.
5. Low calorie dessert
Forget high calorie biscuits, ice-cream and chocolate. A frozen banana is a low calorie delicious after dinner treat
Recipe: Cacao Banana Smoothie
2 tbsp. LSA powder
1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
1 tbsp. cacao powder
1 tsp. chia seeds
1 cup of ice
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.