The United States imports bananas throughout the year—mostly from nearby Central America—making them “in season” no matter the season, says St. Louis-based registered dietitian Alex Caspero, R.D. That’s a good thing as 2012 research from Appalachian State University shows that bananas fuel workout performance just as well as sports drinks do—and they provide more health-boosting fiber, potassium, and vitamin B6. Mix up a banana smoothie or eat the fruit whole with some peanut butter for an energy boost that lasts for hours, says Caspero.
Thank you, California! Avocados (classified as fruits due to their pits) come from the Golden State year-round and contain more than 20 vitamins and minerals—including potassium, fiber, and vitamin C—along with a healthy dose of unsaturated fatty acids, says Abby Sauer, R.D., a registered dietitian with Abbott. Avocado consumption supports heart health, weight management, and healthy aging, according to one report published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. Try mixing mashed avocado with a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic for a healthy take on alfredo sauce, says Caspero.