A Review of Bananas, every monkey, err grappler’s favorite fruit.
Bananas, we’ve all had one. Whether you are a health nut or a slob, you cannot say you didn’t enjoy it either. I could credit it to an evolutionary viewpoint that we are all monkeys and what do monkeys love? Exactly. But this is not a article on creation or anything but more so a review on bananas. Bananas are packed full of nutritional benefits yet sometimes get mixed reviews. Are they worth eating? When is the best time to eat them? “I’m sick of eating just straight up bananas how can I switch it up?” Are these question you ask yourself? Of course they are and in this review they will be answered and I’ll even supply you with my favorite pre-training recipe that is so tasty and easy you’ll slap yourself for never trying it before.
Bananas are those yellow fruits that are everywhere. On the counter of your bodega next to the room temperature hard boiled eggs that have been out for god knows how long, grocery stores and even being thrown at your friends in Mario Kart 8 (which is awesome by the way.) there is even the move called the “banana split.” Hell long story short, these are popular and you should probably know a little more about them.
Bananas are grown in their own little protective jackets so they could not be easier to carry around or to and from the gym/office which are one in the same. They are full of vitamins and minerals and provide recovery necessary or pre work out boosting carbohydrates and sugars. There are all sorts of articles for or against bananas because of their nutritional content. Sure maybe they are a little high in carbs and sugars for the average human to be consuming daily.Luckily we are not that, we train long hours at a steady pace so while our muscles are firing off as we sink in our favorite collar choke over and over again we are depleting our bodies glycogen storage aka our energy. After a long training session we have a small window to replenish nutrients lost so our metabolism burns those rather than going into a catabolic state and having our metabolism start to eat away at our lean muscle.
Bananas can help in more ways than in the recovery process. They should be eaten for many other reasons whether that is for a good energy burst, to avoid soreness/muscle cramping or just to make you happier, have you ever seen a sad monkey eating a banana? You sure havent and that is because bananas contain tryptophan which the body converts into serotonin. Whats my anti-drug? Bananas.
When to eat bananas?
Time of year: Have you ever gone to the store and saw them out of bananas? I didnt think so. Bananas are grown all over the world year round so lucky for us we can have those little yellow bastards anytime we want!
Time of day: What you are doing and when really can factor in when to eat bananas, but more specifically you second banana of the day. Breakfast time a banana is always a good choice for the carbs and sugar boost to get you started on the right foot, but make sure you dont drop the banana peel and slip on it with that right foot.
How can my training benefit from bananas?
Pre-training: If you are looking for a good energy boost for your training that will not fill you up and leave you feeling bloated a banana or two is an excellent choice. Bananas contain low glycemic carbohydrates which are prolific for endurance training. The sugars and carbs give a pop of energy that will also slowly release rather than be a flare.
Post-training: They may taste sweet but they only pack 14-15 grams of sugar. That sugar increased our blood sugar levels back to normal after a hard workout but also the complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that are packed into bananas are a perfect combination for post work out recovery. Also need I remind you of potassium? Yea less cramping.
Selecting the perfect banana
Bananas come in all sorts of shades and sizes primarily if you go into a super market you will find them ranging from under ripe green to mushy brown. Ideally what banana you like best is up to your taste but for optimal sweetness and texture a few brown spots are actually ideal. The spots occur when the starches are converted into sugar, sugar is sweetness! So for maximum flavor opt for a freckled banana rather than the poster child banana.
Tips and tricks:
Banana, peeled: 1 ea
Peanut butter: 1 1/2 Tbsp aka a nice layer
Honey: Drizzle ~ 2 tsp
Whole wheat wrap: 1 wrap
Spread peanut butter on one side of the wrap evenly.
Lay your peeled banana on the wrap a little lower than the center line.
Drizzle with honey.
Fold the bottom of the wrap over the banana and pull it back slightly to snug it around the banana and then continue to roll to make a full wrap.
Wrap tightly in plastic wrap to bring on the go or crush it as is.
Bananas are readily available, packed full of beneficial nutrients for endurance training and general living. Should you be eating 6 bananas a day? Probably not if you are only training an hour a day and at the office the majority of the time. Are you training multiple times a day and lifting? Then yea more than 3 bananas a day might be in order. So the name of the game is not about should or should you no be eating bananas but rather how many are right for your activity level. Go buy a “hand” of bananas and use it to give yourself a pat on the bag for making a good decision, now go roll up a wrap and then a few sparring partners but first sign up for the weekly newsletter below to have these posts hand delivered to your email as they release! OSS!
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