The Minions fever might be over now, but that does not mean you should stop loving bananas. Do not underestimate this simple fruit – it has a host of health benefits which you might not be aware of. Here are 10 reasons why you should be eating more, plus delicious recipes to encourage you!
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Text: Sean Tan
Bananas are loaded with potassium and vitamins to fuel your body throughout the day. Add slices of bananas to your morning cereal, or simply munch on one after breakfast to supplement your energy levels.
This Banana And bread Pudding uses wholemeal bread that helps improve blood sugar levels.
High in dietary fibre, bananas help regulate your bowel functions and also improve gut health. Have one after a heavy meal to relieve bloating plus meet your daily requirement of fibre intake.
Delicious served with bacon, poached eggs and a drizzle of maple syrup, this sweet treat is made from leftover hot cross buns (or you can use other normal buns if you like).
Containing roughly just 110 calories per banana, they are one of the best snack foods you can get if you are watching your weight. Pack one to the office for when you are feeling peckish between meals, so you can reach for it instead of a chocolate bar or potato chips.
Passion fruit perfection on a plate – passion fruit infused pancakes topped with passion fruit pulp and other fruits. Breakfast in bed anyone?
Packed with nutrients and antioxidants, bananas are known to nourish the skin and protect it against free radicals which cause premature ageing. Vitamin A found in bananas also helps repair skin and keep it smooth and radiant.
Wonderfully sweet and fluffy, these hot cross buns are delicious served warm, drizzled with maple syrup and fresh fruit. This dish makes a delicious breakfast or dessert.
Potassium is one of the essential nutrients which keeps the heart functioning healthily as it aids your heart in pumping blood to the rest of your body. And because bananas are rich in potassium, it is a heart-loving food also.
This one-step creation is the answer to all sweet-tooths who fancy a more elegant dessert that is still super easy and quick to prepare!
Some people call bananas “happy food”. Part of the reason is due to its cheery colour of sunshine yellow, but did you know that bananas can really make your happier? This is thanks to its source of amino acid tryptophan which the body converts into the mood-boosting neurotransmitter serotonin.
Love bananas, cheese and chocolate? Have them all together in one tasty dish that’s perfect for parties.
Suffering muscle aches after a strenuous workout? Or did you wake up with muscle cramps and spasms from the night before? Head to the supermarket to grab a bunch of bananas as they are known to cure these, thanks to high levels of potassium. Bananas also contain manganese which helps your body maintain sound bone health.
The breakfast fave gets a festive update with nian gao and banana slices sandwiched in between slices of golden toasts.
You can buy bananas anywhere in Singapore – at coffeeshops, hawker centres, convenience stores, supermarkets, and even Starbucks sells it! Bananas are cheap too, compared to other foods, plus you can buy according to how many you need.
Get the kids involved when you’re making this super easy recipe for a delicious Nutella banana bread.
Research has shown that bananas may help improve insulin sensitivity. Insulin resistance is a major risk factor for several diseases including type II diabetes, a common disease in Singapore.
Watching your sugar intake? These diabetic-friendly banana and almond slices let you enjoy some indulgence without the worry or a guilty conscious.
Not all things delicious are good for your body, but you know for sure that bananas are! Widely used in desserts (think banana split ice-cream and banoffee pies), bananas can also be blended into refreshing smoothies or eaten with yoghurt. Whichever way you choose to have it, it’s guaranteed to add texture and flavour to please your palate.