Believe it or not bananas are currently grown in 107 countries and are the most widely consumed fruit on the planet. There are over forty varieties of bananas and plantains and each has its own flavour profile that develops as the fruit ripens.
Due to their rising sugar content there has been quite a bit of debate recently regarding whether or not this fruit is actually good for you. It turns out however that a medium size 6-inch banana only contains 90 calories, (less than half of the number of calories in a candy bar) but has enough soluble fiber to slow down the digestive process helping you to feel full longer.
Bananas are naturally free of fat, cholesterol and sodium and a very good source of potassium and many other vitamins. They are thought to aid in weight loss, regularity, heart health, asthma, cancer prevention, and eye health. Bananas also are an excellent source of tryptophan, an amino acid that is thought to play a role a role in preserving memory and boosting your mood.
One of the things that has always bothered me about bananas is how quickly the ripen – I don’t like the taste of them once they start to develop brown spots and I have thrown quite a few of them away as a result. I have a real problem throwing money away so I decided to come up with some ways to use them up before they got overly ripe, and boost my nutritional intake at the same time. The following is my basic banana smoothie recipe which I alter from one day to the next depending on what I need to use up around the house. I also discovered that bananas freeze very well if you peel them and place them whole in a Ziploc bag.
1 whole banana peeled
1 inch piece ginger finely grated
¼ tsp turmeric
½ cup coconut milk (canned is fine)
½ cup almond milk
1 tbsp. chia seeds
Mix all the ingredients except the chia seeds together in a blender or use an electric hand wand and pulse until very smooth. Pour into a glass and stir in the chia seeds right before you drink it. You can also substitute the turmeric for 1 heaping teaspoon macha green tea powder.