Bananas are a nutrient-rich food choice and provide a sweet alternative to unhealthy snacks
They might not be the most appealing-looking of fruits, but the humble banana is a super food that should be part of your daily diet.
Wonderfully luscious with firm and creamy flesh, bananas come prepackaged in their own yellow jackets and are available for harvest throughout the year, meaning they are available at supermarkets any month.
Even better, Oman grows its own bananas, the small and super sweet variety from Salalah. The Sultanate produces around 34,000 tonnes of bananas annually.
The average person eats quite a few bananas every year – and it’s no wonder, bananas not only taste great, they are also good for your health, packing a potassium punch like no other fruit.
As an excellent source of dietary fibre, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and other nutrients, bananas are low in calories, have no fat, sodium or cholesterol. So incorporating them into your diet just makes sense.
While bananas on their own make a great snack, they can also be enjoyed in appetisers, desserts, salads, smoothies and baked goods, too. When shopping, look for bananas that are farmed responsibly. For example, Chiquita, which is available in Oman, is committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2020, recycles 2,000 metric tonnes of plastic bags and twine used on company farms annually, and is committed to reforestation efforts in the regions where they farm.
Bananas are a great nutrient-dense power food, providing natural energy to fuel active lives. Pack a banana wherever you go and you’ll always have a quick, convenient source of nutrition to pick you up and keep you going.
For a wholesome treat, try this recipe for Healthy Chiquita Banana-Pear Chewy Granola Bars, which relies on fresh fruit for its sweetness instead of refined sugar, making it a delicious, healthful choice.