Sometimes it’s a challenge to eat all your fruits in a day. Perhaps you miss all those luscious summer fruits that were once so abundant at the produce stand. Consider the next best thing — the frozen foods section of your supermarket!

It’s stocked with an array of colorful fruits — from berries to cherries to pineapples. Best of all, they’re available all year and perfect for whirling into a creamy lo-cal, tropical smoothie. Try one for a refreshing breakfast or a midday pick-me-up.

What’s In It…
1 banana, medium – fresh or frozen*
1/2 cup calcium-fortified orange juice
1/2 heaping cup of blueberries, frozen
1/2 cup pineapple chunks, frozen (about 12 pieces)
1-2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

How It’s Made… 
1. Cut banana into 1″ slices:
2. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
3. Garnish with a mint leaf, a few blueberries, and some crushed oats (optional).

Makes 2 servings.

Karen’s Fit Tip: To make frozen bananas:  Peel, wrap in waxed paper, seal in a plastic bag, then freeze.  Slice just before using.

Also, be sure to keep the fiber-rich flaxseeds in your refrigerator or freezer. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are very sensitive to heat, light and air (oxygen). It they’re exposed to these elements for too long, they can become rancid.

Karen Owoc

Karen Owoc is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist specializing in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and lifestyle medicine. Her science-based approach to longevity, nutrition, and muscle health has made her the go-to source for health seekers and medical professionals alike. Karen's best-selling book on functional longevity, "Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100", and her transformative perspective have mended many minds, hearts, and spirits.

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