By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer

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Bananas are a great option for a pre- or post-workout snack./PHOTO VIA Sabrina Katz

Bananas are known as a great source of potassium, which helps keep muscles from cramping and keeps your blood pressure normal. But there are so many more reasons you should eat bananas every day (no reason to be scared out of eating them due to Banana University)!

This nutrition-packed fruit is a runner’s best friend because eating a banana is great way to fuel up before or after a workout. The sugars and carbs serve as a healthy dose of energy for exercise and help to keep you focused.

If you’re not sold on bananas yet, consider this: they contain a feel-good chemical called tryptophan, which has been shown to counteract depression. They also help with digestion because of their high-fiber content. Their high levels of calcium also keep bones strong and healthy. Bananas are chock-full of vitamins B, C and E, which help maintain healthy heart and blood function.

It’s important to know what to look for when picking a banana. Ignore the fruit that has just barely ripened and instead choose one that has aged or has brown spots. The longer it sits, the more sugars it develops, meaning a sweeter banana. Be careful though- you don’t want it too overripe!

Did you know that bananas are the most widely eaten fruit in the world? Their low-cost and easy-to-peel quality makes it a great snack for any college student without a lot of time to sit down and eat. Take a banana with you from the dining hall and eat it on the way to class, after a workout or in your dorm.

Here’s an awesome recipe you can make that requires almost no effort to put together.

Banana Ice Cream

1 banana
Optional: Cinnamon, vanilla, peanut butter and chocolate chips

Take a banana and mash it up inside of a mug or container. Add your fixings in (I personally love to add peanut butter!), and combine until the consistency is smooth. Stick the container in the freezer for at least three hours to set. Then take it out and devour! Such a simple recipe but so delicious and nearly guilt-free.