Bananas for breakfast

Bananas are a popular yet common, ordinary fruit.

Most people have 1-2 a day as a mid-morning snack or before heading to the gym.

When bananas become a staple in your diet you start to see the real health benefits of this soft yellow fruit.

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Bananas are not only a good source of potassium and magnesium which can help runners avoid getting calf cramps.

Bananas have an abundance of macronutrients that lead us towards better health..

1 banana contains:  

38% of vitamin B6 – healthy brain and nervous system functioning

12% of copper – helps transport iron into red blood cells to prevent anemia

9% of magnesium – maintains bone integrity and enables energy production

15% manganese – helps regulate blood sugar

13% vitamin c – good source of antioxidant

10% potassium – helps prevent cramps and maintain healthy blood pressure

Here are some of my favorite banana-based breakfasts:

Chocolate banana nicecream

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Ingredients

3-4 frozen bananas

½ cup unsweetened soy or almond milk

1 tbspn raw cacao powder

1 tspn ground cinnamon

A dash of vanilla extract

Preparation

Blend all the above ingredients in a blender until thick & smooth.

Scoop into a bowl and sprinkle with chia seeds & unsweetened coconut shreds

Super green banana smoothie

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Ingredients

3-4 frozen bananas

2 cups of raw baby spinach or kale

Dash of cinnamon and turmeric

Slice of fresh ginger or 1.2 tspn ground ginger

1 scoop of hemp protein powder (optional)

6-7 ice cubes

1 cup of water

Preparation

Blend all ingredients in a blender until liquefied

Poor into a large cup or bowl

Enjoy

Banana oatmeal

Ingredients

½ cup dry rolled oats

1 large ripe banana

1 tspn cinnamon

1 tbspn chia seeds

1 ½ cups of water

½ cup blueberries or sliced strawberries

Preparation

Start to cook the oats for 10 minutes

Slice the banana and add to the pot after 10 minutes

Stir in the cinnamon as the bananas begin to warm

Cook for the remaining 10-15mins on low heat, stirring occasionally

Scoop into a bowl and sprinkle with chia seeds and berries of choice

Banana cinnamon nicecream

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Ingredients

4-5 frozen bananas

1 tspn ground cinnamon

Dash of vanilla extract

Preparation

Blend bananas, cinnamon and vanilla extract in a blender until thick & smooth.

Scoop into a bowl & enjoy

Bananas are so simple and sweet!