Calling all parents and caregivers!

Looking for healthy snack ideas for your little ones? Well, you've come to the right place!

Banana Splits

These banana splits are so delicious your kids will mistake them for desserts!

 What you’ll need:
  • bananas (1 or 2 per snack)
  • plain yogurt
  • peanut butter (optional)
  • chopped walnuts
  • coconut 
  • granola
  • sliced strawberries or other fruits

First, slice the bananas in half (length-wise) and place them on a plate or in a bowl. Next, add a few generous tablespoons of plain yogurt to the top of the bananas. Now you can let your kids add chopped walnuts, granola, coconut, peanut butter, and/or sliced fruit to the mix.

Nutrition facts on the snack:

You don’t have to tell your kids how healthy these banana splits really are! These make for great treats that don’t have half as much sugar and fat as store-bought banana splits made with ice cream.

Bananas are loaded with a mineral called potassium. Potassium is important for proper growth in children. It can also lower the risk of high blood pressure that can lead to many health problems.

Peanut butter is found in the “Meat and Alternatives” food group on Canada’s Food Guide. It is packed with protein, iron, healthy fats and fibre. These are all important for proper child growth and development. Protein will also keep your kids full, which helps tie them over until their next meal.

Fun fact: This snack includes three out of the four food groups from Canada’s Food Guide. Who would have thought a banana split could be this healthy?

Tip: Turn this banana split into a frozen treat by placing the finished snack into the freezer for an hour or so before serving!



6 comments:

Sarah said...

Yumm! These look delicious!

Anonymous said...

Jenna,

Your blog is excellent! I am very interested in pediatric nutrition and how to get children into a pattern of healthy eating. Your posts have addressed not only the nutrition needs of children, but also how to make meal times enjoyable. The picture of your apple smiles made me laugh and I'm sure kids would love these. Great job!

Antonia

Jenna said...

Thanks Antonia and Sarah! I think it's really important to make meals and snacks interesting and fun for kids so they learn to actually enjoy eating healthy foods.

thelastappetite said...

Wow these look delicious! So many food groups packed into one meal is an added bonus. I'm always looking for ways to incorporate fruit into meals and I think I'll try this out. Thanks for sharing :D

Lucy

Anonymous said...

Jenna these look amazing!! Another great idea I am definitely going to try out. Using yogurt instead of ice cream is an awesome idea and still delicious. Plus anything that involves the peanut butter banana combination is absolutely amazing in my books.

- Lesley McBain

Anna K said...

Jenna, the apple smiles are hilarious!!! What a wonderful blog.