Bananas are inexpensive, filling and available year round. Bananas are tasty on their own and make great additions to smoothies, fruit salads, pancakes and baked goods. Bananas can even be used to make yummy frozen treats.
Bananas are low in fat, high in fiber and are an especially good source of potassium, magnesium, beta carotene and vitamins C, K and B6. One large banana contains approximately 120 calories.
Green bananas can be ripened by placing them in a brown paper bag with an apple. Refrigerating bananas will slow down ripening and the peel make darken. However, the banana will still look and taste fine. Peel overripe bananas, place in a plastic bag and freeze for use in smoothies.