Ingredient Spotlight: Bananas (Banana Day April 19)
This day is BANANAS! On April 19 we celebrate the humble banana – it’s Banana Day.
Nutritional powerhouse. The original ‘fast food’. Transportable happiness in its own natural ‘wrapper’. The banana is the ideal snack and we want to tell you why we love them at Chef Good.
Low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol
You probably already know this, but diets high in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol are a recipe for ill health (pun intended). These nasties can lead to heart disease and stroke, not things anyone aspires to.
Full of fibre
These yellow beauties are full of dietary fibre. Fibre will help you prevent heart disease, weight gain, diabetes and some cancers. It’s also great for overall digestive health. Fibre slows down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, keeping your blood glucose level from rising rapidly. This makes bananas low GI – perfect for avoiding the dreaded sugar crash.
Packed with potassium
This is one of the best known nutritional benefits of bananas, but why is it we love potassium? Short answer: it’s great for your muscles, blood pressure and organ health. Our muscle contractions, heartbeat and nerve impulses all need potassium to function properly. Sign us up!
Good for your mood
Our bendy yellow friends play an important role in keeping our moods up. They contain an essential amino acid called L-tryptophan (it’s essential because the body can’t make it by itself, we need to get it from food). A byproduct of L-tryptophan works in the brain to increase the production of serotonin, the calming chemical that produces feelings of wellbeing and boosting our mood. Sounds pretty apeeling doesn’t it?
I’m ready to go bananas for Banana Day!
So are we!
Get your banana on with our delicious and nutritious banana berry & walnut smoothie!