Bananas are an easy fruit to incorporate into your day-to-day, and it’s probably one of the most universally enjoyed fruits across the planet. Have you ever thought to think about why bananas are so great (besides their taste)?! We’ll we’re not monkeying around, we’re bananas about bananas and here’s why!
Nutrient Dense Fruit
According to the USDA website, one medium banana can provide us with about 20% of the recommended amount of vitamin B6 and vitamin C for the day! Bananas are also an excellent source of dietary fiber and potassium, serving up about 10% of your daily intake for those nutrients. Potassium is an important nutrient that helps regulate muscle function within the body. So grab a banana if you’re feeling tired after a workout out or notice your eye twitching when you’re stressed!
Keeping you Energized
As we mentioned, bananas can really boost your energy if your muscles are feeling tired after a workout. Naturally bananas are higher in sugar than other fruits, and that’s okay! No need to be scared of natural sugars. While sugar in excess can be a problem, fruits that contain sugars can be extremely beneficial in our day. If you find yourself experiencing that mid-afternoon slump, try incorporating a banana with some protein to give yourself a little pick-me-up. The sugar within a banana can naturally boost your energy levels without tipping the scale or adding any extra sugars in your diet that you might find in an energy drink!
There are so many ways to add this fruit to your regular day. Bananas make for a great fruit option anytime of the day. They complement a sweet toast in the morning, a perfect mid-day snack, or a sweet treat in the evening. Bananas when pureed and frozen can actually make a delightful “nice” cream without the guilt!
Bananas make a great addition to any meal or snack. Affordable, easy-to-find, and nutrient dense, this fruit is a no brainer to have around anytime of the year! Find some great banana recipes to add into your meal plan today!