Money saving experts, Net Voucher Codes , prove that their knowledge extends into the kitchen as they give us their favourite banana smoothie recipe, and explain why bananas are the fruit that give you way more than your money’s worth!
Whether it’s a high energy power food you’re after or just something delicious, then bananas could be the main ingredient you’re looking for. Bananas have been around for centuries in the UK, in fact research shows evidence of them being sold here as early as 1633, that’s pretty amazing for a fruit that isn’t produced here naturally!
Because of their size and tough outer skins bananas make a great on-the-go snack – they can be eaten without the need for any cooking, just unzip that skin and tuck in! But they can be used in other ways too, mix in some other ingredients or put them through a cooking process, the list is endless. As a simple piece of fruit it certainly packs a punch with its diversity!
Diet and Nutrition
The dietary values of the banana mean that it’s a great choice for everyone – from toddlers to the elderly. A typical serving (126g) has no fat, no salt, no cholesterol and only 110 calories! Whilst at the same time providing:
What’s more, bananas also contains Vitamins A & C, Iron and Calcium. Some of the other nutrients are:
Diets that are rich in potassium and low in salt, and may help to reduce high blood pressure and decrease the risk of a stroke, making the banana healthy for your heart. Because of the banana’s combination of carbohydrates, dietary fibre and simple sugars it has proved to be a favourite amongst athletes. Research has shown that two bananas contain enough energy for a 90-minute workout! The potassium is also thought to help prevent muscle cramps. As they are high in fibre, they can also help to aid digestion and help with constipation.
In cooking … bananas can be used at various stages of ripeness:
Here are some suggestions –
Classic Banana Smoothie
– Blend all the ingredients together, to the smoothness of your choice.
– A slight variation on the above recipe is to replace the oatbran with three tbsp of wheatgerm, and instead of 1 tbsp of honey you could use 1 tsp of honey and 1 tsp of either vanilla or strawberry flavouring.
– The difference between oatbran and wheatgerm is that wheatgerm, on average, contains twice as much fibre, three times more iron and three times more protein than oatbran. It does however contain more calories. Whatever option you choose it’s bound to be delicious!
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