Bananas are a staple fruit in my diet and they have a ton of health benefits. Here’s a few of my faves!
- Not only do bananas give you energy because they are loaded with vitamins and minerals, but studies have shown that eating a banana can actually lift your mood!!
- They are also a fantastic source of potassium which is great for an active person like me because it can prevent muscle cramps after working out. It also regulates your circulatory system and helps keep a proper balance of fluids in your system.
- They’re a good source of iron, vitamin C and B6
- They’re easy to digest and their fiber content (about 3g in one banana) can help regulate your digestive system.
BUT! I have a bit of a reputation for being a banana snob…I’m super picky about what degree of ripeness I will eat a banana. Not too green, bright yellow, very little brown spots, if any…it’s a little neurotic haha
What this means is that a lot of the bunch gets too brown before I can devour them!
While making banana bread with your over ripe bananas can be one good way to utilize them, there’s no way I can make, let alone eat, an entire banana bread each week.
MY Solution: Freeze them!
Once the bananas start getting too ripe for my taste, I peel them (<– important step), cut them in half or thirds depending on the size, and just toss the pieces into a Tupperware container to be frozen. It’s that simple.
My favorite way to use a frozen banana is in my morning green smoothie. By adding a frozen banana to the mix, the smoothie instantly gets that thick, creamy, frozen texture that is hard to get by using ice cubes. It’s delicious.
Another simple way to use a frozen banana is to make banana ice cream!! You just blend the banana with some almond milk and literally…..voila! You can jazz it up too by adding dark chocolate chunks and/or peanut butter, or by adding different berries, whatever your imagination brings!
So next time you’re at the grocery store, be sure to pick up some bananas, and don’t hunt for the small bunch! Because don’t forget! you now have a quick simple solution for the ones that get too ripe!!