Healthy Vegetarian foods

Healthy Vegetarian foods
by Sandra Harrison | October 5, 2012

Breakfast is considered to be the most important meal of the day. Why? It prevents overeating, enhances your performance in daily activities and improves your mood – amongst many other things. However, what is one to do when they are at a shortage for time? Well, there is no excuse good enough for skipping breakfast, however, breakfast shakes are considered ‘a healthy and convenient drink to grab in the morning’ by many working people. A banana breakfast shake, in particular, has some essential nutrients and is rich in proteins.

Vitamins:

Bananas are valuable sources of vitamins, especially vitamin A. This vitamin is essential for healthy skin and eyes and strengthens the hair. Vitamin B6 is essential for the function of nerves and muscles and it helps in protein metabolism as well. Vitamin C is found in bananas and is used to fight off free radicals which damage the arteries and cells. Some traces of vitamin E and K are also found in bananas. They are important for the functioning of the body over all. For breakfast banana shake, use non-fat milk, since it is an additional source of vitamin D. These vitamins will help boost energy and keep you active throughout the day.

Minerals:

Potassium is found in abundance in bananas which is essential for muscle contraction and the functioning of our heart. Bananas are also high in iron and help in producing hemoglobin and preventing iron deficiency anemia. Other minerals like calcium and magnesium are found in bananas. They keep the bones and teeth strong, regulate blood pressure levels and help in regulating a person’s moods.

Fiber:

A high fiber diet helps keep the body free of various diseases like diabetes and constipation. It keeps the bowel movement regular and helps you stay full. Banana breakfast shakes are rich in fiber; a banana has 2.7 grams of fiber in it.

Manganese:

The manganese found in bananas helps activate enzymes in our body. It facilitates new cartilage and bone development. It is essential for ones metabolism and our body extracts energy from foods using manganese. A banana breakfast shake will prevent the altered metabolism pattern because the manganese content in bananas will work its magic and fulfill the manganese deficiency.

Protein and Amino Acids:

Bananas contain essential amino acids, all eight of them, since the body cannot produce them. Tryptophan is an amino acid found in bananas, and this chemical helps your mood get better. Since bananas themselves have a not so sufficient amount of protein in them, milk can be added to your banana breakfast because that helps in boosting the protein content. Proteins help in keeping the blood sugars stable and make you feel full for a long time.

About the Author - Sandra Harrison

I am functioning currently as an Author for the Fitness Republic. The focal point of my writing is to integrate healthy habits in everyday life and healthy foods in everyday meals, despite of any economical and time confines. Moreover, it amalgamates cooking recipes, guidelines, tips, and celebrations.

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