Bananas are a good dietary source of potassium and magnesium, 2 nutrients that are essential for heart health. Bananas also contain plenty of resistant starch and pectin, which can help reduce appetite and keep you full for longer. Bananas are also a useful prebiotic food meaning they help support healthy gut flora and overall digestive health.
Pumpkin and squash are sweet and therefore are a good alternative to banana in smoothies.
Pumpkin and squash are also high in vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin. They are also full of fibre and antioxidants.
This is a lovely moist and gluten free apple and raisin loaf. Serve warm from the oven with some fruit spread or nut butter and a cup of green tea - perfect!
The apples in this cake means that it is full of fibre and as an added bonus provides a natural sweetness too. The fibre and polyphenols in apples have been shown to support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.