Mix Up Your Valentine’s Day Dessert With Bananas
When it comes to Valentine’s Day desserts most people think of double chocolate cake or calorie rich pies. However, bananas are an excellent way to cut the calories whilst maintaining the taste. An average banana contains just 100 calories, tastes sweet and is also packed with health boosting nutrients. In this article I discuss how adding a banana to your Valentine’s Day dessert can boost your health by looking at some of the main nutrients bananas contain.
Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6. The main function of this vitamin is to help the body digest protein. However, it also helps the body create red blood cells, controls hormones and reduces your heart disease risk.
Vitamin C is another powerful nutrient that can be found in bananas. It has a number of roles in the body which include protecting against free radicals, assisting in the production of collagen and boosting the immune system. Certain studies indicate that vitamin C may also have cancer fighting properties.
Bananas contain high levels of manganese. This health boosting nutrient promotes proper digestion and moderates your blood glucose levels. Manganese also controls various internal processes within your body by activating enzymes.
Dietary fibre is a nutrient that can be found in many fruits including bananas. It supports good bowel health by stimulating regular bowel movements and preventing bowel disease. Dietary fibre also controls your blood glucose levels and helps you fully absorb the nutrients in your food.
Bananas are a brilliant source of potassium. This nutrient helps your muscles to contract and keeps your heartbeats regular. Potassium also helps you digest your food, prevents high blood pressure and stimulates muscle growth.
Summary & Serving Suggestions
Bananas are one of the more nutritious sweet treats you can enjoy on Valentine’s Day. Whilst a banana may not sound as tempting as some of the other dessert choices out there, it can be if you get a little creative. Just try one of the tasty serving suggestions below for a nutrient packed dessert:
Banana Dark Chocolate Dip:- Melt some dark chocolate in a pan, peel a large banana with your Valentine’s Day date then take turns feeding each other chocolate coated bites of banana. Not only does this taste great but it’s a great way to spend some intimate time with your date.
Banana Split:- Chop a banana in half, place some ice cream in the middle and then top with your favourite fruit and a little bit of honey for a sweet and nutritious dessert.