[h4a] Bananas are power-packed with sweet tropical flavor, and that’s just the beginning of the good news: They’re also packed with potassium, a mineral that helps rid the body of excess salt, thereby lowering blood pressure. [/h4a]

Most often eaten out of hand, bananas are a lifelong favorite fruit for many, prized as much for their easy portability and availability as for their sweet creamy taste. Bananas are also good source of fiber, and when paired with whole grain cereal and low-fat milk, they form a breakfast trio that gets your day off to a heart-healthy start.

Bananas, even when purchased green, tend to ripen quickly. If you’re left with a very ripe one, peel it and freeze it in a plastic freezer bag for a tasty fruit smoothie on a day when you need an on-the go breakfast or an after-workout energy boost.


    • 5 large strawberries, hulled
    • ¼ cup orange juice
    • 1 container (4 to 5 ounces) low-fat vanilla yogurt
    • 1 large frozen peeled banana
    • 3 ice cubes


Reserve 2 strawberries, if desired for garnish. Place the ingredients in a blender container in the order given. Cover and blend on high speed until mixture is smooth and liquefied. Pour into tall glasses and garnish glasses with the reserved strawberries.


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