As many of you know I love bananas. One of my favorite and highly underrated post workout carb sources are plantains. Plantains are part of the banana family but are different in taste as well compositionally different. Gluten free, easy to digest with a high nutritional profile makes them a “superfood.” High in dietary fibre, as well as vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A, magnesium, folate, and vitamin B6 makes them nutritionally dense.
What are Plantains?
Plantains look very similar to bananas. You can find them at most local grocery stores and look like larger green bananas. Plantains are popular in tropical countries and used in many local “potato-like” dishes. They can be cooked, fried or roasted. Although plantains resemble bananas, they have thicker skin, starchier than bananas, and are best eaten when fully ripe, when the skin turns black.
Pan fried is my personal favourite way to prepare plantains. Cut into slices, pan fry in olive oil until brown and top with sea salt.
Plantains are higher in carbohydrates than bananas so adjust your nutritional needs accordingly.
1 Medium Plantain (179g)
Plantains are high in fibre so as a precation, I would not suggest plantains to anyone in a flareup.