THE FOOD SERIES: Bananas
Of course I had to begin with bananas. Although it is not my all time favourite fruit, it is definitely one that I cannot live without.
There are two types: sweet and plantains. The sweet banana are the ones we are most familiar with. Sweet bananas aren’t only yellow but can also be red, pink purple or even black hues when ripen. In addition to the colour and appearance, the taste and texture also differ depending on the stage of ripeness. The riper it is the less starchy and sweeter it gets. The second type is the plantain banana, which are most often consumed cooked. This is because they tend to be much starchier than the sweet bananas.
First known to have originated from Southeast Asia and Oceania areas, they are now also produced in the Caribbean, Central and South America. India tops the list of producers, followed by China. Today bananas are available worldwide and are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world.
When people think of bananas, they immediately think of potassium as a primary source of nutrient. Yes bananas are a great source of potassium but there are many other nutrients that can be found as well.
One medium banana:
27.0 g carbs
3.1 g fiber
0.4 g fat
1.3 g protein
0.4 mg vitamin B6
31.9 mg magnesium
0.3 mg manganese
10.27 mg vitamin C
422.4 mg potassium
This may be just gibberish and have no relevant importance to you.. but basically the point is, bananas have more than just potassium! I mean, did you know bananas have protein? Bananas is a great source of vitamin B6 which is essential to help your body convert food into glucose (= energy!), help make neurotransmitters, produces hormones, red blood cells, and cells for the immune system, and so on!
WAYS TO ENJOY
If you know me, you know that I LOVE bananas.One day, I would love to be able to grow my own because that’s literally my dream. Remember, bananas should be eaten ripe! Ripe means when they are beginning to get spotty! Okay, I cannot force you to eat spotty bananas if you don’t want to, but at least wait until they are completely yellow…
Here are my favourite ways to enjoy bananas and why I love them so much!
Banana Ice Cream
There really does not need to be an explanation… but who knew that blending frozen bananas would result in such a creamy and delicious consistency and texture similar to ice cream?
As a sweetener / replacement
I love using bananas as a base or an ingredient to help thicken or sweeten other recipes. It also is great as a substitute for many other ingredients such as in replacement of oil, butter or even eggs. It’s great in smoothies, in raw treats or baked goods. I use bananas in my pancake recipe which is so delicious.. and the list really can go on.
As a quick filling snack
Bananas are so easy to take on the go, granted you do not shove them at the bottom of your bag… all food including bananas should be treated with love and care! I often reach for a banana or two when I need something easy and quick to tie me over because it is high in carb = dense calories = ENERGY!
- There are almost 1000 varieties of bananas.
- Bananas contain around 75% water.
- Bananas are one of the least expensive fruits we can buy.
- The curvier the banana is, the riper they were when picked.
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