I’ve never talked about this a lot on our blog, but I’m kind of an aspiring raw foodist. I’ve gone 100% raw vegan for weeks at a time before and then come back to my regular diet where I try to add raw foods in anywhere I can.
Generally speaking, my goal is to simply add more raw, living food to my diet. I’ve accepted, for now, that I might never eat a 100% raw food diet all of the time (I love my green tea!) but that I can always continue to be aware of the food choices I’m making.
I’m definitely not perfect, and sometimes I’m a lot further from perfect than I’d like to admit, but I always steer myself back onto the path of better health and wellness. I guess, like you, you could say it’s a journey of sorts.
If you’re here reading this, right now, then you must have some kind of interest in raw food as well. At minimum you’re interested in hearing about an affordable way to eat healthier.
This one is so simple I almost feel silly writing about it, but hey, this is real right here.
Anyhow, today I wanted to share with you my favorite raw food breakfast on a budget.
Here It Is…
Generally speaking, when I can afford it, I eat organic bananas. When I can’t afford to, or I just feel like saving some money; I get the cheapest bananas I can find. Hey, sometimes it’s either buy the cheap bananas or don’t buy bananas at all.
I’ve found bananas for as low as 39 cents per pound, and even though conventional grown bananas aren’t always as tasty as the organic bananas, they’ve tasted just fine to me! Some people have told me they can’t tell the taste difference between an organic banana and a conventional one. To be honest, I usually can, but when I’m on a budget, I choose the banana I will actually be able to eat versus no bananas at all.
Besides, bananas aren’t on the dirty dozen list, and the banana is inside of the peel which will help quite a bit.
Why I Love Bananas For Breakfast
Bananas are a quick, easy, and once you’ve eaten enough of them, a very filling breakfast. They don’t weigh you down and make you feel sluggish like some other breakfast meals can. They’re loaded with raw, living, nutrition, and, for me personally, I like their flavor enough that I can easily eat 2 to 4 of them in one sitting. I love that you can just open one up, munch it down, and be on with your day.
Very useful when you’re in a rush! They’re the healthy fast food. 🙂
When I’m buying bananas for 39 cents to 60 cents per pound, 4 bananas only cost around 60 cents to 90 cents; at most I might pay $1.25 or so. I usually eat a little something along with the bananas like raw pumpkin seeds or maybe another juicier piece of fruit, but sometimes I just eat bananas and call it a morning.
I thought, since I love eating bananas so much, why not look up some health benefits of bananas? I know they have fiber and potassium, but what else is all wrapped up in there underneath the peel?
Some Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits of Bananas
I found this nifty little write up here that covers some of the benefits and also some of the nutrients found inside of a medium banana that weighs 118 grams.
- Potassium: 9% of the RDI.
- Vitamin B6: 33% of the RDI.
- Vitamin C: 11% of the RDI.
- Magnesium: 8% of the RDI.
- Copper: 10% of the RDI.
- Manganese: 14% of the RDI.
- Net carbs: 24 grams.
- Fiber: 3.1 grams.
- Protein: 1.3 grams.
- Fat: 0.4 grams.
I double checked that information and found it was correct. I couldn’t help myself, I had to add a bit more.
- Iron: 4% of the RDI.
- Zinc: 2% of the RDI.
- Selenium: 2% of the RDI.
- Riboflavin: 7% of the RDI.
- Thiamin (B1): 3% of the RDI
- Niacin (B3): 5% of the RDI.
- Pantothenic acid (B5): 8% of the RDI.
- Folate (B9): 6% of the RDI.
- Vitamin E: 1% of the RDI.
I figure the vitamins and minerals above weren’t mentioned in the other article I read because they appear to be much less than worth paying attention to. Here’s the thing. When I eat 2-4 bananas for breakfast, that 5% RDI of Niacin becomes 10%-20% real fast! The rest of these nutrients add up as well.
Each of these bananas is also only 105 calories. If you can even eat four in one sitting, which most people can’t, we’re only talking 420 calories at that point!
Then There’s All Of This
If you search for health benefits of bananas, you’ll find long lists of benefits. This is great if you’re all geared up to read about them, but I figured since this is an article about a quick, healthy, raw and living breakfast on a budget, I would just sum a bunch of these up for you.
(See how I did that? = BUNCH them up) You know, bananas come in bunches and so on. Drum roll!
Ok, I know… my attempt at humor. 😉 I’m done for now.
I checked, and these come from pretty legit sources, so here they are.
- Nutrients That Moderate Blood Sugar Levels
- They May Improve Digestive Health
- Can Help With Weight Loss
- Heart Health Support
- Contain A Spread of Antioxidants
- Help You Feel More Full At A Low Calorie Cost (One of my personal favorite benefits!)
- Can Improve Kidney Health
- May Help Reduce Exercise-Related Muscle Cramps and Soreness
- May Reduce PMS Symptoms
- Lower Blood Pressure and Protect Against Heart Attack and Stroke
- Aid With Digestion
- Can Help You Sleep Better
- Can Be Helpful In Overcoming Depression
- A Good Energy Source During Exercise
Bonus: If you garden, you can also throw the banana peel into your compost pile. It contains good levels of potassium along with many of the other nutrients that the banana itself contains. You might want to consider only tossing organic banana peels into your pile as conventionally grown banana peels most likely contain pesticides and other chemicals on them.
Just think. (I did, and that’s why I looked all of this stuff up) 🙂 You can get all of the benefits and nutritional content I mentioned above, during breakfast alone, for roughly anywhere between 60 cents to $1.25 or so. If you’re going organic it may be a bit more, but even then I’ve personally been able to find some cheap organic bananas from time to time.
The cost is really not that much when you think about the health benefits and then compare it with what else you could be eating for breakfast.
Anyhow, I think I’m about to go bananas! For breakfast that is. 🙂
I’m up early this morning, and it’s about that time. (I couldn’t help myself, I just had to throw in one more corny banana joke)
Rise and Shine! 🙂
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