A-Z of foods: B is for banana


An average banana has about 100 calories - a lot compared to other fruits, but that doesn't mean you should avoid it, even if you're watching your weight. You get nearly 2 g of fibre in a medium banana, and it's a great source of potassium. The slightly unripe (green skinned) ones will be more slowly digested, giving you slow release energy. It's filling and convenient - encased in its natural packaging, you don't even need clean hands to enjoy it!

Check out these 3 ways to enjoy bananas:

1. Slit a banana skin lengthways and slot in some raisins and cranberries. Bake till soft and mushy

2. Got bananas that look like they've past their sell-by date? Freeze chunks of ripe banana and blitz them in a blender to create an instant, healthy ice cream

3. Heat a non-stick frying pan and add diagonal chunks of banana and some fresh orange juice. Heat till the juice becomes thicker, add some flaked almonds and serve as a warming dessert.

Azmina Govindji is Patient's award-winning resident dietitian. She comes with a background in diabetes, having worked as Chief Dietitian to Diabetes UK from 1987 to 1995. She was a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Executive Council and Chair of the BDA Public Relations Committee from 2001-2004, and is still a renowned BDA spokesperson. But you may be more familiar with her work on TV and radio - she's appeared regularly on This Morning, The Wright Stuff and The One Show. Azmina is also a best-selling author and co-founder of the award-winning RDUK twitter chats.

Azmina is a mum of two and understands the pressures of family life. She runs her own nutrition consultancy at Azmina Nutrition, and offers advice to the food industry, the media, patients, nurseries, and health organisations. In her spare time she loves to entertain friends and travel. Tweet with her on @AzminaNutrition.