Bananas are an inexpensive way to add a nutritional punch to your breakfast. The Mayo Clinic notes that people who eat breakfast are healthier, have better concentration, and can control their weight more easily than people who skip breakfast. Of course, not all breakfasts are equal. Sugary cereals or prepackaged breakfast bars may be quick and easy, but they also lack the benefits of fresh fruits. Bananas are a great fruit to eat on the run and are full of potassium, vitamins C and B and fiber. There are many quick and easy options for incorporating bananas into your breakfast routine.
Things You'll Need
- Fresh fruit such as apples, grapes, strawberries or blueberries
- Fruit Juice
- Peanut Butter
Eat the banana on its own. If you are in a rush, try eating your banana plain and fresh. Chop bananas into bite-sized pieces for small children who can't yet peel a banana on their own.
Make a breakfast fruit salad and add a banana. You can use any fresh fruit you have on hand such as apples, grapes, strawberries or blueberries. Top with a dollop of yogurt for a creamy addition to your fruit salad.
Add a banana to your cereal. If cold cereal or oatmeal are part of your usual breakfast routine, try shaking things up by adding sliced bananas. The additional fiber in the banana will help you stay full.
Add a banana to a smoothie. Smoothies are a tasty breakfast option, and bananas are a perfect ingredient for many smoothies. Smoothies are also a good choice if your banana is a little too ripe for your taste. Mixing fruit juice with yogurt and chopped bananas makes for a simple and delicious smoothie.
Add some protein. While bananas are high in vitamins and minerals like potassium, they are low in protein and fat. So although the fiber in your banana will make you feel full, the lack of protein will make that feeling fleeting. Adding protein will help you feel fuller longer. Yogurt and peanut butter are good sources of protein that taste great with bananas.
Cook your bananas. If you have spare time and overripe bananas, try adding them to a batch of pancakes or waffles. You can even mash up your bananas and use them as a topping for your pancakes or waffles. If you really plan ahead, you can bake your overripe bananas into muffins or a bread.