BLOG: You can call them the champion of all morning meals: bananas! Bananas are one of the most widely consumed breakfast foods, being used with cereal, in pancakes, or straight out of the peel. The versatility of a banana makes it an easy choice in the morning, and the nutrition packed inside each bite makes it a winning decision for your body as well!
Bananas are unique in that they contain more energy-raising carbohydrate per serving than other fruits, such as apples and oranges, which is especially important in the morning for maintaining blood sugar levels. Bananas, particularly those that are still slightly green, also contain resistant starches. Resistant starches are not entirely broken down by digestion and help release other carbohydrates more slowly; keeping you full and focused all morning long!
Bananas are also a great source of potassium, manganese and vitamins B and C. Potassium is of particular importance as it is the electrolyte that counteracts the effects of blood pressure-raising sodium. In fact, an average banana contains approximately 400mg of potassium and just 1mg of sodium, making it the ultimate heart healthy food!
Having milk with your breakfast? The manganese found in bananas may be an important partner to the calcium found in your favorite dairy products. Manganese, like calcium, is an important component of bone structure and is required for incorporating the calcium we consume into stronger bones.
Stewart’s has literally gone bananas this month to make sure your breakfast is as nutritionally complete as possible! Every store has been stocked with your favorite yellow fruit and all the other items you need to create a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
For a quick workday breakfast, a bowl of cereal topped with Stewart’s award-winning milk and a sliced banana is one of the most nutritious meals you can treat yourself to. The extra vitamins, minerals, and protein found in local and fresh milk at all Stewart’s is the perfect compliment to the fiber and potassium provided in the cereal and banana.
For those in even more of a rush, bananas can be used as a mess-free, on-the-go breakfast food. Stop into your local shop and grab a banana to go alongside a Strawberry Yogurt Parfait. Or pick up a banana, whole wheat bread, and some peanut butter to make a sandwich. This protein packed meal was Elvis’ favorite and can be prepared quickly for a healthy breakfast on the go or at the office! When I have a little more time, my favorite way to eat bananas is banana pancakes on the weekend! With just one quick stop into my local Stewart’s shop, I am able to head home with all the ingredients I need to make this heart healthy breakfast:
Christine’s Favorite Banana Pancakes
1-cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 Stewart’s egg, beaten
1 cup Stewart’s low-fat milk
2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce 2 bananas, mashed
Directions: 1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon into a large bowl. 2. In a separate bowl combine the egg, milk, applesauce and bananas. 3. Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture and mix well. 4. Spray a griddle or frying pan with non-stick spray. Heat over medium-high heat. 5. Using a large spoon, pour about ¼ cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake. 6. When pancakes have begun to brown on bottom, flip them over and cook on the other side. 7. Serve warm with a glass of cold milk on the side!