urlWHAT YOU CAN DO WITH OVERRIPE BANANAS? (BESIDES MAKING BANANA BREAD), Bananas aren’t the only overripe fruit that McGruder says are great in smoothies. She also suggests incorporating mushy peaches, plums and strawberries as well — with one caveat.

“You don’t want to add anything that’s clearly ‘off,’ like molded, for example,” she says. “But any of the other fruits that are slightly soft are really great in smoothies because they’re extra sweet, which is nice, and also because of their soft texture, they blend together really well.”

1.  Banana And Pineapple Smoothie


This smoothie has all the tropical flavor you need for a bright morning. The recipe includes banana, pineapple and orange juice. If you prefer a creamier, less tart smoothie, feel free to replace the orange juice with yogurt.


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups ice cubes, about 12 cubes


  • Peel banana, break into chunks, and put in blender with crushed pineapple, orange juice and ice. Blend until smooth.
  • TIP: If you love orange juice in the morning, this smoothie is for you. If you prefer a less acidic start, add yogurt to this smoothie to mellow it out.
  • TIP: Fresh pineapple is delicious (and works well in this smoothie), so give it a try. If you need a quick morning fix, canned pineapple does the trick.
  • TIP: If you like your smoothies ice cold, put the pineapple in the fridge. Or, better yet, put all the ingredients (except the ice) in the blender the night before, refrigerate, and give a quick blend in the morning. Talk about your 30-second breakfast. SEE MORE ON PAGE 2

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