Sweet treats are favored by people of all ages! However, we must be conscious when indulging to satisfy our sweet tooth. As adults we are mindful of limiting processed, refined sugars. The more we eat of such sugars, like prepackaged cookies, ice cream, and bite-size candy, the more we crave it. It is very difficult to train ourselves to find satisfaction in less dangerous treats. This is why we need to turn the taste buds on to healthier sweet-treat indulgences at a young age to avoid facing unhealthy sugar dependences later in life.
Problem: Grab-and-go sweet treats are everywhere. Most parents would never have cabinets full of king-size candy bars, but it wouldn’t be uncommon to find bags of fun-size chocolate treats, prepackaged brownie treats, or a gallon of ice cream in a family freezer. With any of these treats, mindless sugar consumption can run rampant, and portion control, even when individually wrapped, can go out the window. It doesn’t take long to eat the caloric equivalent of that king-size candy bar, which you would never dream of giving your child! Children are left with a sugar spike and possibly a tummy ache before they realize how much they have gone through!
Solution: Make banana bites instead! Bananas are sweet, and kids love them! As an after-dinner treat, slice a banana (approximately 1 large banana per 3 people) into 1/4- to 1/2-inch disks. Then press one side with a small broken piece of graham cracker (smaller than the banana disk). Next, melt down dark chocolate and drizzle it over the top of your banana bites. Lastly, stick a toothpick in the center for easy nibbling, and once the chocolate has cooled, place the bites in the freezer to set.
Buying Tip: When selecting chocolate, keep in mind that the darker the chocolate (higher percent cacao), the better. In order to reap the benefits of the disease-fighting antioxidants, chocolate should be consumed in small quantities. When it comes to this treat, a little goes a long way.
For more health information check out the Yoffie Life Food Encyclopedia page on bananas.
Here are some additional suggestions for enjoying this easy-to-make treat.
- Add a nut butter. Try a layer of cashew butter in addition to or in place of the graham crackers. Nut butters are a great addition that adds both flavor and a protein punch.
- Control portions. Use fun-size bananas and allow children to make their own individualized dessert.
- Adult-size bites. Make your bites grander by adding a blueberry, a strawberry slice, or another banana slice on top before sticking with a toothpick.