Are Bananas Healthy?!?! August 12 2014, 0 Comments

My clients always ask: ‘should they eat before or after working out’. Truthfully, it depends on your workout.... if you are lifting weights, doing intense cardio or both then you should go into a workout properly fueled but if you are doing an activity like walking, pilates or even yoga then the answer is up to you! I usually go to pilates at 9 am on the weekends and try to sleep in as long as possible so I usually skip breakfast before my workout and eat something after. Another reason is I don’t eat 2 hours before working out is I have a very sensitive stomach and if my body doesn’t agree with what I just ate, my workout will be horrible! Below is a breakfast option I ate this past weekend after a pilates class. People say ‘stay away from bananas’ but my question is why? As long as you are eating a normal portion size and only having one, bananas can be very nutrient dense and beneficial to your recovery/avoiding muscle cramping (due to the potassium)! Even though bananas get a bad wrap for being high in sugar, they have a very low glycemic index, this number is contributed to their high fiber content (One medium-sized banana has 3 grams of fiber). Some of the nutrients that are loaded in bananas are (the percents are the percentage daily value for each nutrient):
  • Vitamin B6 (25.2)
  • Manganese (16%)
  • Vitamin C (13.6%)
  • Fiber (12.2%)
  • Potassium (12%)
  • Biotin (10.2%)
  • Copper (10%)
I love pairing fruit with some type of protein like a boiled egg, almond butter or even a handful of walnuts (1/4 cup). See the photo below to check out a quick and easy breakfast option I have been loving lately and will keep you full until lunch! 1 medium banana (7-7.5 inches long) and 1 tablespoon of Justin’s Almond Butter (classic): 200.5 calories, 4.79 grams of protein, 29.5 grams of carbohydrates, 4.57 grams of fiber and 8.39 grams of fat photo-41 Love, Marla