Written by guest blogger and Simmons University Nutrition student Mayma Chaibi
Many sports-active people have a sweet tooth for ice cream, yet some have concerns about how “unhealthy” it is. (Truth be told, it may not be as bad as you think—assuming small portions, that is!) Nonetheless, you might appreciate some equally yummy alternatives— such as the recipe below for Banana Ice Cream. It tastes like “the real thing”!
When you have over-ripened bananas that are just piling up on your counter, peel, slice into ½-inch coins, place them on a sheet pan, and put them in the freezer for about an hour. Then, transfer the frozen coins into a covered container or baggie for storing in the freezer to be ready and waiting for future use
Bananas are an excellent source of nutrients such as Vitamin B6), fiber, potassium, magnesium, and Vitamin C. Potassium carries a small electrical charge that the body uses to signal the heart to beat regularly. Therefore, potassium is important to include in our diet. For those of you consuming high levels of sodium, know that potassium helps offset sodium’s negative health effects. Thankfully, yummy bananas are abundant in potassium and desirable to eat.
Bananas are also a great source of carbohydrates. Hopefully, we all know how important carbs are for athletes and exercising individuals. Eating this banana ice cream post-exercise can help replenish glycogen stores and aid the muscles in recovering quicker.
Recipe for Banana Ice Cream (from Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook)
1 banana, sliced into coins and frozen
½ cup greek yogurt cubes
Toppings: drizzle, nuts, chopped fruit, chocolate chips, granola… be creative!
1) Cut bananas into slices and place on a pan in a freezer for about 1 hour
2) Optional: Pour greek yogurt into ice cube trays and place in a freezer for about an hour or two
3) Place frozen bananas (and frozen greek yogurt cubes) in a blender and blend until smooth.
4) Pour into a bowl and optional: add toppings of choice (Mayma’s favorite is caramel drizzle and crushed cashews!)
Yield : 1 serving
Nutritional Information: 150 calories (using 1 large 6 oz banana with no Greek yogurt or toppings)
37 g carb, 1 g protein. 0 g fat