Why Are Bananas So Great for Post Workout?
We already know, electrolytes. Okay, cool. What are those? What else?
Electrolytes in a nutshell
Electrolytes charge your body! They are minerals found in body fluids. They help level out your nerve transmissions and blood flow. Very hefty jobs for the few minerals our bodies need to keep them in line. Potassium, the big hitter in bananas, helps alleviate muscle cramping, which is particularly nice after a grueling workout.
You see them at obstacle race breaks, racing sidelines, and park adventures. They’re just so handy! Bananas are packed with, besides electrolytes, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Manganese, fiber, and a mix of complex and simple carbohydrates, all handy for your health. There’s even a teeny bit of protein inside!
B6: good for serotonin production, leads to mood regulation
C: the benefit list is a long one, and a lot to do with the heart and blood.
Manganese: strengthens bones and decreases anemic symptoms and menstrual discomfort
fiber: motility improvement
Complex and simple carbohydrates: having a mix of these carbohydrates gives you “instant” energy as well as energy for later
That’s a long list of good results from eating one piece of fruit. Helping with your blood flow, digestive tract, and mood!
Bananas also work great for sneaking into snacks to get a little boost for your body’s recovery. Here’s a great (and EASY) chilly snack for summer or dessert, the chocolate-dipped banana bites from Health.com.
1. Chop peeled bananas into 1 inch pieces.
2. Microwave your chocolate chips on high for one minute, then stir.
3. Dip banana pieces into chocolate. Serve immediately or freeze on parchment paper for a frozen treat later!
There’s even a way to make Bananas Foster with less empty calories and just as much tastiness! Hop over to the SkinnyMs.com for Gale Compton’s recipe.
Whatever way you take your banana, enjoy it knowing you aren’t just eating something delicious, you’re eating fuel that is good for you.
“5 Hydration Dos and Don’ts” on webmd
“Bananas are as beneficial as sports drinks, study suggests” on Science Daily
“Electrolytes” on Medline Plus of the US National Library of Medicine
“Importance of Electrolyte Balance in Body” on Livestrong
“Nutrition Fact: Bananas, raw” on SELFNutritiondata