Plantains are rich in potassium, magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6. Plantains also contain fiber which can help with digestion. They are high in complex carbohydrates making them lower on the glycemic index! This means that they will not cause as big of a blood sugar increase as other carbohydrates. They are a wonderful gluten and grain free option to utilize to refuel with carbohydrates. Consuming cooked plantains post workout is when your body will utilize this energy boost or refuel the best.
In general, plantains have a relatively bland taste but are transformed into some pretty delicious meals. Popular dishes include tostones, plantain cakes, and fried plantain chips. Plantains can be prepared many different ways, including:
In this recipe we pair the carbohydrates with healthy fats (avocado) and protein (eggs). Add as many eggs you desire. One egg contains roughly six grams of protein. We’ve topped this meal with turmeric and black pepper! This dynamic duo is responsible for some amazing anti-inflammatory benefits and antioxidants. Read more about turmeric and black pepper here.
Plantains, cooked Nutrition Facts & Calories. (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2017, from http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2031/2