One neat trick I use a lot with bananas is chunking them up and freezing them before they go bad. They make a great addition to a smoothie, and you can also make fun recipes like Nice Cream with them.
Blueberries are a moderate-sugar fruit, which is one of the reasons I pair them with bananas, which are a higher sugar fruit. I tend to balance out my smoothies by choosing not to use 2 high sugar fruits together (tropical fruits are generally higher in sugar, while berries are generally a moderate to low sugar fruit).
Blueberries are also one of the most antioxidant-rich food sources, and they’re a great source of fiber and Vitamin C. There was a study done that showed that consuming blueberries post-exercise sped up recovery and reduced biomarkers for inflammation.
They work great frozen or fresh, and you can use them in so many ways!
Blueberry-Banana Green Smoothie
Yield: 1 serving
You will need: blender, knife, cutting board, measuring cups and spoons
1-2 handfuls of dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, chard, or any green of your choice)
1/2 cup each: almond milk and water
1 stalk celery
1/4 cup fresh parsley
2-3 sprigs fresh mint
1/2-1″ fresh ginger
1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
1 banana (frozen or fresh)
Optional spices: 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg