According to Tess' calender, there is a 'Celebrate the banana' day in January - I told her, I could really get behind that one.
But I have to confess that bananas wouldn't have made it into my top ten of the fruit bowl a year ago. Not that there's anything wrong with them - they just didn't make me tingle - no juice, no interesting texture, no eating theatre (I'm looking at you, Mr Pomegranate). But it turns out that their unchallenging pleasantness, the 'nice' that bananas have in place of a wow factor, is the perfect unthreatening breakfast building block.
A year ago, my weekday breakfast would have been toast - probably with marmite or peanut butter, sometimes marmalade. Not wildly exciting. And as it turned out, not so wonderful for me either. Last year, I tracked everything I ate for a couple of months. Yup, every single bite. I used My Fitness Pal, and let me tell you - those couple of months were an eye opener.
You see, I've never been a dieter, and I swiftly discovered that I was pretty ignorant about food when it came to the calories department. And it turned out that my standard, weekday breakfast, that I didn't particularly love, but ate dutifully so as to set a good example to my children to start the day with something in the stomach, wasn't so great. Joyless toast - it was taking the place of calories that I could have used on eating something SO much nicer, later on in the day. Plus I was starving hungry 3 hours after eating. It was time to re-assess.
But face it - who has the time or inclination first thing in on a weekday morning for elaborate breakfasts. The humble banana to my rescue. Or more accurately half a chopped banana with some natural yoghurt on top (have tried many different brands but I like Tims best) and then some other fruit scattered over - blueberries, kiwi, mango, raspberries, strawberries, prunes, peaches, nectarines - I like to ring the changes.
I am also slightly fixated about eating it in my special bowl. Because it tastes better from that one. Really, it does. And recently, I've been exploring sprinkly things. Like flaxseed. And chia. And bee pollen. Small nuggets of crunchy texture that add a little more excitement on top of the whole shebang. Okay, now I'm sounding like a hemp-wearing hippy. But I'm a two stone lighter hemp wearing hippy since I made the big breakfast switch. Yup. There's no arguing with that. Vive la banana!