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Let’s Talk Bananas + Weekly Workouts

I came across a super interesting article today about the best time to eat a banana in its ripening process.


I was kind of bummed to learn that the riper they are, the better they are for you and the easier they are to digest. If I am eating a banana straight up or sliced on toast/in a sandwich, I prefer them at a ripeness level of 4 or 5. Once bananas get brown spots it’s game over for me. They literally turn my stomach and make me want to gag. At that point, I either freeze them for smoothies or use them in oatmeal.

According to this article, I should love to learn the riper ones.

  • First, as bananas ripen their starches convert to simple sugars that are easier to digest. Bananas with any hint of green still remaining at the stem can be hard for some people to digest and cause gas.
  • Second, as they ripen they produce antioxidant and anticancer properties and the darker the brown patches, the higher these properties will be.
  • Finally, bananas with dark spots are eight times more effective in boosting the immune system.

I did some further reading about the best way to store bananas and according to Chiquita, if your bananas are too green you can store them in a brown paper bag with an apple overnight to accelerate the ripening process. If you want to slow it down, bananas can be stored in the fridge. It’s likely the skin will darken but they’ll still taste good.

Now you know! 🙂

What’s your ideal banana ripeness? How do you store your bananas? 

And now…for this week’s workouts. Two complete rest days, a few runs, two strength/cardio days and two yoga practices. Nothing too crazy or challenging for me this week but it got the job done.


If you’re short on time and looking for a great workout that combines cardio and strength, try Tuesday’s workout. Just 15 minute total and a full body burn that kept my heart rate through the roof. You do not have to work out for hours on end to get a good workout!




Circuit Training

5 mins: 

10 jump squats
10 push ups
10 kettlebell swings (35#)
*6 rounds done

5 mins: 

10 deadlifts (85# barbell)
10 bent over rows (17.5# dumbbells)
10 wall balls (14#)
*4 rounds done

5 mins: 

10 box jumps (20 inches)
10 thrusters (35# barbell)
10 burpees
*3 rounds done


Hot yoga + 3 mile run


10 minute treadmill run with increasing pace to 7:15 to warm up

For time: 

20 pull ups (kipping)
30 front squats (85# barbell)
40 calorie row
50 overhead plate walking lunges (35# plate)
*This took me 10:45

10 minute treadmill run at 7:20 to finish




3.5 mile run at 8:20 pace



5 mile run at 8:15 pace + 2 mile walk with Zoey + hot yoga

The run was amazing! 5 miles with the company of a friend in shorts and tank tops on a beautiful day.

{ 34 comments… add one }
  • 1
    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles January 18, 2015, 6:39 pm

    I like my bananas when they first start to get speckled. I can eat them riper but once they get too ripe I throw them in the freezer or in some sort of batter for muffins or bread…You were running in shorts and a tank and I am busy layering my clothes to be warm enough!

    • 2
      Jen January 18, 2015, 8:34 pm

      sending you lots of love and warmth! xo

  • 3
    Emily @ Sweet Summer Smiles January 18, 2015, 7:13 pm

    I never knew that about bananas. I like to eat them when they are around #6, and freeze them at #7. They are so sweet at that point and make smoothies taste so good!

    • 4
      Jen January 18, 2015, 8:32 pm

      ditto! i do like them in smoothies that ripe!

  • 5
    LeAnne January 18, 2015, 7:30 pm

    Interesting article…I never knew that about bananas! I am with you on the ripeness factor… I prefer my bananas a bit more on the green/unripe side rather than too ripe…they get too soft! Great week of workouts!

  • 7
    She Rocks Fitness January 18, 2015, 7:34 pm

    The weather was beautiful here this weekend too…So refreshing to see the sun again! I’m going to use that workout for my boot camp tomorrow. Thanks for sharing it! 🙂

    • 8
      Jen January 18, 2015, 8:31 pm

      the sun…it soothes my soul. i can’t even believe how much it impacts my mood. hope the workout works well for your bootcampers! xo

  • 9
    Claudia January 18, 2015, 7:49 pm

    I’m in the 5 or 6 zone for bananas

  • 10
    Chicago Jogger January 18, 2015, 7:50 pm

    That’s so interesting about bananas! I love mine at a 5 or 6, preferably 5. I’m with you on the brown spots; it grosses me out too!

  • 11
    Kasey January 19, 2015, 12:03 am

    samesies! I’m a 4-5 girl.. What a bummer. Haha!

  • 12
    Emily @ My Healthyish Life January 19, 2015, 8:40 am

    Last year I found out about the banana ripening process and was disappointed because I definitely prefer it them at stage 4-5. I can’t deal with the mushiness and brown spots!

    • 13
      Jen January 19, 2015, 4:34 pm

      i know! it’s sad for us! 🙁 i guess we get the same benefits if we use the brown ones in smoothies or oatmeal? or banana bread? ha, one can wish! 🙂

  • 14
    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves January 19, 2015, 8:49 am

    When I eat bananas by themselves, I like a ripeness of 5 or 6, but for almost everything else (oatmeal, smoothies, any recipe that involves bananas), I like them at a 7+. They’re just sweeter and easier to mash for recipes!
    Great week of workouts! Tuesday’s workout looks fun!

  • 15
    erin January 19, 2015, 9:55 am

    The banana data is quite interesting, but I have to wonder who supported the research as I recently heard a story on NPR (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/09/25/351495274/supermarkets-waste-tons-of-food-as-they-woo-shoppers) about food waste and stores having a hard time selling ripe bananas as most people tend to stay away form ones that have spots even though there is nothing wrong with them. I wonder if this study was done to decrease food waste and change opinions and preferences on which banana’s to eat and buy.

    • 16
      Jen January 19, 2015, 4:33 pm

      i am not sure who supported the research but the less food waste the better so i think it’s a win for everyone.

  • 17
    Hemp & Honey Plus January 19, 2015, 10:44 am

    Great article will be reposting to our followers!

    • 18
      Jen January 19, 2015, 4:32 pm

      thanks so much!

  • 19
    Mattie @ Comfy & Confident January 19, 2015, 11:31 am

    That is interesting to learn about bananas. The riper the better for me so I am happy to learn that ripe bananas have a lot of nutritional and immune fighting benefits.

    • 20
      Jen January 19, 2015, 4:31 pm

      yes, you are in luck! 🙂

  • 21
    Tamara @ A Side Of Dessert January 19, 2015, 9:48 pm

    I’m the same way! I can eat them the first few days and then that’s it, no chance 🙁

  • 22
    erin January 20, 2015, 6:02 am

    when i’m making banana bread, i always try to use banana’s that are super ripe – it seems to make the bread sweeter!

    • 23
      Jen January 20, 2015, 7:03 pm

      ditto! only way to go with banana bread!

  • 24
    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen January 20, 2015, 10:31 am

    I’ll pretty much eat bananas at any stage but my favorite is when they are a little green on the top!! :/

  • 25
    Nicole January 20, 2015, 1:24 pm

    I love the banana info! I’m with you on the ripeness level…6 I can barely stomach and 7 is beyond gross.

  • 27
    DeeDee January 20, 2015, 2:26 pm

    All my life I was a 4 or 5 banana eater until a few years ago I sort of trained myself to eat them when they’re riper than that. I was just wasting too many bananas, and my freezer was full of 7s I’d frozen “for later” that I just couldn’t keep up with. Now I’ll happily eat a 6, but 7s are still a no go. BLEH.

    • 28
      Jen January 20, 2015, 7:05 pm

      i can confidently say that i will never get to level 7! 🙂

  • 29
    Sorayya January 20, 2015, 6:07 pm

    Are you familiar with Freelee the Banana Girl? She’s all about the level-7 of spottiness (I’ve noticed a complete change for the better in my digestion by following this rule!). What do you think of her food philosophy? https://www.youtube.com/user/Freelea

    • 30
      Jen January 20, 2015, 6:35 pm

      i have never heard of her. i will check this out…although i don’t know that i will ever be able to stomach level 7 even though i know it’s good for you. thanks for sharing the link!

  • 31
    Jon Davis January 20, 2015, 10:00 pm

    very cool stuff and good to know. I love me some bananas.

  • 32
    kate January 22, 2015, 2:30 pm

    i hate super ripe bananas. interesting to know though. i use the overly ripe ones to bake banana-oat dog treats so that i don’t have to suffer through them myself!!

    • 33
      Jen January 22, 2015, 7:46 pm

      awww! what a sweet use of your ripe bananas. what recipe do you use?

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