Bananas contain many of the nutrients we need. For example, the Potassium in bananas contributes to good blood pressure and healthy heart functions.
Researches have shown that people who eat bananas and other foods high in potassium are less likely to develop atherosclerosis and high blood pressure. Bananas also help us to protect from getting stomach ulcers, because they contain „mucilaginous bulking substances“. And we shouldn’t forget that they are very easy to digest.
Bananas also help us to protect from getting stomach ulcers, because they contain „mucilaginous bulking substances“. And we shouldn’t forget that they are very easy to digest.
Nutrients in 1 cup of mashed Bananas
Vitamin A – 144 IU
Vitamin C – 19.6 mg
Folate – 45 mcg
Vitamin B6 – .82 mcg
Niacin – 1.49 mg
Pantothenic Acid – .31 mg
Vitamin E – .22 IU
Potassium – 806 mg
Magnesium – 61 mg
Phosphorus – 50 mg
Calcium – 11 mg
Iron – .58 mg
Also contains small amounts of zinc, manganese, and copper.
You can feed your baby with bananas when it gets 4 months old.But before doing that, you need to consult with your pediatrician, because bananas have been connected with Latex allergies.
1. Mashed Bananas (4-6 months +)
- 1 Ripe Banana – Bananas do not need to be cooked
Step 1: Peel and cut a ripe banana into small dices.
Step 2: Mash with a fork.
2. Banana-Cado (4-6 months +)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 ripe avocado
Step 1: Peel and pit a ripe avocado.
Step 2: Cut “meat” out and mash with a fork.
Step 3: Peel and mash 1 banana.
Step 4: Make a puree in a blender.
3. Banana “Custard” (8-10 months +)
- 2 ripe bananas
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup of milk
- Pinch of cinnamon
Step 1: Place the ingredients in a blender and make a puree.
Step 2: Put the mixture into a ramekin and bake it at 350F for 20 minutes.
Step 3: Check the meal after 10 minutes because the time for baking can vary and it depends on how thick or thin is the mixture you made. It will begin to split like a pumpkin pie when finished.
Step 4: Test the meal with a clean knife inserted into the center. It is cooked if the knife comes out clean.
4. Bananas and Tapioca (8-10 months +)
- ½ Cup of Water
- 1/3 Cup of Quick-cooking Tapioca
- 1 Banana
- ½ Cup plain or vanilla yogurt
Step 1: Start to boil the water in a saucepan.
Step 2: Add tapioca gradually and stir constantly.
Step 3: Reduce heat to low, cook for 5 more minutes and continue to stir constantly.
Step 4: Puree the banana separately.
Step 5: Blend tapioca with yogurt and banana.
5. Fried Bananas (8-10 months +)
- 2 bananas
- 2 tbs of butter
- Pinch of cinnamon or ginger
Step 1: Heat gently 2 tbs of butter in a small pan.
Step 2: Slice the bananas into thin dices.
Step 3: Add bananas to the pan and sauté.
Step 4: Sprinkle with cinnamon/ginger if you want and mash if needed.
6. Banana Rice Pudding (8-10 months +)
- 1 cup of cooked brown rice
- 1/2 cup of banana purée
- 1/2 cup of plain whole milk yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
- dash of cinnamon and/or ginger
Step 1: Combine ingredients and warm them gently in a saucepan and stir constantly.
Step 2: Remove the pudding after it becomes warm enough and make a puree with a blender.