Why a Banana Split Isn't Such a Bad Snack
By Brandi Goodman
National Banana Split Day arrives near the end of August. Health enthusiasts might think they need to avoid celebrating the occasion because it's such a sugary and high-calorie treat. The truth of the matter is, though, that a banana split isn't such a bad snack after all. It offers plenty of nutrients that you may not have realized. You should still make some changes to help create a better version.
A Banana Is the Main Ingredient
The main component of a banana split is the banana itself. With this fruit, you're getting potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, manganese, fiber, and more. It can help with energy and even contains nutrients that work to moderate your blood sugar levels. Having this in the mix is better than eating ice cream alone.
It Includes Other Fruit
Two other fruits are normally included in a true banana split. Chunks of pineapple are often placed on top of the scoop of vanilla ice cream. You also get a cherry on top of the whole dessert. Pineapples provide more than the necessary daily value of Vitamin C. This vitamin is necessary for a healthy immune system. You also gets lots of manganese, some folate and thiamin, and the potential to decrease your risk of cancer. Cherries contain melatonin that can induce sleep. They also reduce your risk for hypertension and provide antioxidants.
You Get Walnuts
A true banana split also provides walnuts that are sprinkled over the entire concoction. Walnuts are ideal for keeping you full and fueled. They're a diet-friendly snack that can help with weight control. They also boast higher antioxidant properties than most other nuts. They promote a healthy gut, offer omega-3s, and work to reduce inflammation in the body.
Enjoy a banana split on the observed day or anytime you feel like enjoying the treat. It's not such a bad snack when it comes down to it. Worse options are out there, and there are ways to make this particular dessert a bit more nutritious. Skip the whipped cream, choose low-fat ice cream, and avoid the chocolate syrup. You're getting a little ice cream with a lot of fruits and nuts, making it a very filling option to eat. You don't even need ice cream at all. Change it out for some yogurt and you have a nutritious breakfast.
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