“Bananas are the often vilified fruit—but they are actually a great choice for a healthy, low calorie snack,” says Kelly Morrow, RDN, associate professor and nutrition clinic coordinator at Bastyr University Center for Natural Health. Bananas are high in fiber which helps keep you full and they have loads of potassium, an important mineral that regulates heart rhythm and blood pressure. Bananas add creaminess to smoothies without extra fat and calories and when frozen and pureed, are a great alternative to ice cream, she adds. If you are worried about the sugar content, choose a smaller banana that is just barely ripe and dip it in peanut or almond butter, Morrow suggests.
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