So, coming off marathon week and the necessary build up of potassium in the body, I was reminded of an article I had read about the banana and how it is synonymous with potassium, even though it can be easily beaten in by quite a bit of foods. Consequently, I did some research and came up with some of the most common, tasty alternatives to the banana. You have to remember, not everyone is into bananas and their consistency. A banana provides about 9% of the recommended daily amount of potassium. For most, it's a love/hate thing. Here are some choices that trump the yellow guy:
1. Sweet Potato- There are a lot of people that dig these babies. A medium with skin, about 10% RDA.
2. Tomato Sauce- This obviously can vary, but the red stuff can give you around 16-18% of the RDA.
3. Watermelon- My favorite of this list. It is about 14% of the RDA for a couple slices of watermelon. A bonus is all the lycopene in it too!
4. Black Beans- This bean is a superfood if there ever was one. The list of positives is long, especially the 16% RDA of potassium in a cup.
5. Frozen Spinach- Not only cheap on the wallet and easy to deal with, frozen spinach packs about 11% in a cup. Toss it in a shake or even your pasta sauce!
6. Edamame- The soybean is a plant-based protein wonder. Add to that its 14% value of potassium and it just got better.
There are a number of other foods you could go for as well. I just picked these as they represent a variety and are common in every store. I'm not big on having to go to a tiny specialty shop just to get healthy food. Feel free to comment on a healthy addition to this list!