Some nutrient-dense foods I’ve blogged about previously might seem less well known, but of course bananas are a pretty common item you can find in your local grocery store. The nice thing about this favorite food is that it’s good for you and easy to come by, meaning no trips to the local farm, and no hassle! If you’re looking for some healthy and easy options, bananas are a great place to start.
Banana domestication has been going on in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific for thousands of years. Because they are easy to grow digest, bananas have been around for centuries. Now with modern transportation, bananas have gone from local staple to a global commodity.
So why is this simple fruit one of my favorite health foods?
Bananas are an excellent source of major nutrients like vitamin B6 and soluble fiber, as well as containing moderate amounts of vitamin C, manganese, and potassium. Consuming bananas along with other fresh fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of major cancers and eye diseases. Bananas can also greatly aid overall digestive health, and often improve one’s mood by boosting dopamine production.
Something else really beneficial about bananas is that they are so versatile! If you are out of eggs, you can still make that wonderful baked good by replacing each egg with one ripe mashed banana. You can also replace butter in some baked goods with half the amount of banana for a lighter recipe. Because bananas are sweeter than eggs, you can also reduce the required amount of sugar, too! It’s a win-win.
Bananas are the perfect addition to a morning KidzShake, because their sweet flavor is great for masking any greens you might put in. This yummy fruit is full of nutrients and tastes great–you can’t go wrong with bananas!