Bananas: why they are good for you, and fun banana creations

Bananas are a great snack while on the go and provide a healthy alternative to high sugar, processed options. It may be convenient to grab a store-bought snack loaded with unwanted ingredients, but often times those convenience foods can lead to unhealthy habits and unwanted side effects.

Did you know? Bananas can help:

  • reduce belly fat
  • help prevent ulcers
  • reduce blood pressure
  • build strong bones
  • provide energy

Not only are bananas healthy, but we’ve found some fun ways to prepare yummy snacks for the kiddos.

Banana breakfast on the go

First up are breakfast Banana Pops. You will need bananas, popsicle sticks, yogurt, granola, chocolate chips, or any topping of your choosing. Cut bananas in half and put onto a popsicle stick. Dip into yogurt and then roll into topping. Voila! Instant healthy treat. This recipe can be eaten on the go during the morning, race out the door moments.

Banana pops may be eaten immediately or frozen for a nice summary treat. (Store extras in the freezer)

Nutritional info and more details can be found on Chocolate Covered Katie.

banana peanut butter wrap

This Peanut Butter Banana Wrap is a great switch to replace the same old boring sandwiches for lunch. Use a tortilla, spread some peanut butter on and top with sliced bananas. Roll the tortilla. To turn this recipe into a fun treat, add chocolate chips or coconut flakes, roll and slice into pinwheels.

Check out the full recipe on Betty Crocker, or have a look at a banana roll up alternative method.

mermaid

The Little Mermaid Banana snack is a fun way to incorporate more fruit into snack time. Slice up the banana, arrange it on the plate to look like a mermaid or another underwater creature, and top with a different variety of fruits, both fresh and dry.

Check out Almostunschoolers.com for a step by step assembly of this creative idea!

Banana and Sunflower power snack

One of the healthiest banana recipes we came across uses chia seeds, sunflower butter, cinnamon, and bananas. Cut bananas into small chunks, spread the sunflower butter (provides over a dozen different vitamins and minerals) onto the end, add chia seeds (contains Omega-3’s and balances blood sugar), and sprinkle with cinnamon (fiber, calcium, iron, and manganese) for a Sunflower and Banana Power Snack.

We found this healthy snack on Haley Eats.

4th of july banana sandwich

Up next is our favorite, the 4th of July Open Faced sandwich. Using fruits to creat the American Flag on a piece of bread is a fun way to get the kids involved in snack making. When kids help to make foods, they are often more inclined to eat them too! This snack is great to serve at your 4th of July barbecue and a good way to introduce the little ones to a quick history lesson.

The full recipe is provided by Chiquita Banana.

campfire_banana_smores

A unique spin on the s’mores, is the Campfire Banana Smores recipe provided by Chiquita Banana. Using just bananas, marshmallows, and chocolate chips, you can turn a classic treat into a more nutritious option.

Leave the bananas in their peel, removing one side. Slice a wedge into the banana and stuff with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Replace the peel, wrap in foil, and place onto barbeques or hot coals. View the full recipe here.

Remember to have fun, get creative, and get the kiddos involved. Come up with new ideas to add a spin to an old recipe, and don’t forget to include healthy options!

If you have any unique banana recipes of your own, we would love to hear from you!

Have a look at our Healthy Snack board on pinterest for other fun ideas!

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