Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday weekend. Even though the weather wasn’t fantastic, I am still enjoying the time to relax. Normally, we would be grilling; however, today, I made a big pot of chili. Chili on Memorial Day weekend? Isn’t that more like a November food? Yep, but when the wind is whipping like it was today, and the air is raw with a frost warning overnight…well, that’s chili weather….chili today, hot tamale, my Dad would always say. But I digress. This is supposed to be about bananas.
And so it is…I actually just ate a banana for a snack. Yeah, I really was starting to feel a little droopy and hungry and I needed a snack. My fruit bowl has apples, oranges, and bananas in it currently, and the bananas are getting pretty ripe, so I figured I better eat one. Now typically, I would not eat a banana in the evening. I usually reserve bananas for a pre workout snack to keep my energy levels up, or for breakfast to give me a boost early in the day. Bananas are pretty high in carbohydrates, especially simple sugars, so I don’t eat them daily. But I started wondering, am I being fair to my friend, the banana? Am I stereotyping this faithful fruit as bad just because it is sweet and full of energy boosting carbs? I decided to find out.
According to Sandi Busch at Livestrong.com, bananas are a really good source of potassium and magnesium. They also are high in fiber. Bananas contain prebiotics that help support the good bacteria in our guts. And you know how I feel about our gut health if you follow my The Healthy Rainbow Facebook page. Bananas also have a low glycemic load. In other words, they have a slow to medium effect on blood sugar, which means despite their sweetness you won’t experience a crash after eating one. Bananas are also a good source of Vitamin C, and contain anywhere from 95-120 calories depending on how big your banana is.
Sounds to me like a great idea to eat your bananas, especially pre workout. I’m not sure eating one right before bed is a good idea; you may want to eat the banana when you are able to metabolize the carbohydrates more efficiently. Overall, bananas are a great source of nutrition! Eat them (unless you have a latex allergy, then you may also have an allergy to bananas). Here’s a tip…if your kids don’t really like bananas, look for the little baby bananas in the produce section. They are so cute, even the pickiest eater will want one. Organic bananas are becoming increasingly common in the stores, too. I always opt for organic when I can. Look for the little stickers that have the code “94011” to show they are organic. Regular bananas have a code of “4011.”
Go bananas, friends! And have a great night!