Babies love bananas
95Bfm naturopath Natural Ange recommends picking All Goodness for little mouths.
June 18th 2013
95Bfm naturopath Natural Ange says bananas are a great first food for babies and excellent source of sustained energy for growing kids.
“Bananas have virtually no saturated fats, approximately two grams of proteins and 50 grams of carbohydrate each,” says Ange. “This sounds like they are high in sugars, but because of the fibre, they actually have a medium glycaemic index rating – at least if they are not over ripe.
“In a medium sized banana, there are 100 calories and in a large banana 125 calories. Bananas are also known as a good source of Vitamin C, manganese, fibre, and potassium. They're great energy food for kids and ideal for introducing as a first flavour and textural food experience for little mouths.”
She recommends choosing organic or Fairtrade bananas, like our All Good Bananas, as they’re grown on small farms rather than massive plantations and use a lot less chemicals than conventional bananas, which means they are not only healthier for growers and the environment they are healthier for you and your family too.
Here's a delicious recipe from Ange that both young and old can enjoy.
All Good Banana Pancakes
2 All Good Bananas mashed
1 cup of yoghurt
1 tbsp palm sugar/ honey (melted)
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup flour (of your choice - rice, organic, wholemeal etc)
1 tbsp coconut oil melted
1 organic egg
2 tbsp rice milk
Mix the ingredients together. Heat a little coconut oil or butter in a fry pan until smoking hot. Cover bottom of pan with batter and cook until bubbles come up and browned, turn and cook the other side.
Drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy at once!
*Source: Nature Baby & All Good Bananas Mash Up with Natural Ange, June 2013.
Recipes and advice from Natural Ange. Angela Haldane – ‘Natural Ange’ – is a naturopath, medical herbalist and registered nurse working at Harvest Natural Health Centre in Grey Lynn, Auckland. www.naturalange.co.nz