I know. It’s not Sunday or Tuesday, however, I still have a post for you. I just want to give you a heads up that posts will be a bit inconsistent for the next week or so. I’ve been away in Oregon for the past week and I literally returned only to leave again on a trip to Mendocino County (check my Instagram if you want to see what the trip looked like). Tomorrow I will be heading to Desolation Wilderness for a brief backpacking trip with friends. I don’t usually bring my laptop with me on trips, and so blog updates are a no-go.
I promise that the posts will be back on track once I stop leaving town. There’ll also soon be a travel/explore section on the blog when I return. There’s so much I have to share with you! Moving on, I’m sure you’re all dying for this short and sweet treat I have for you all. It’s very simple, healthy, and perfect for this scorching summer heat.
It’s literally a frozen banana with chocolate and sliced almonds. Have your child help you make this snack and then have it for dessert!
- 5 bananas (or as many as you’d like to use)
- 1 cup of dark chocolate chips (melted)
- 1 cup sliced almonds (nut of your choice)
Lay a banana on a piece of foil large enough for it to be wrapped in when flattened.
Fold the foil in half so that the banana is covered.
Place a cutting board over the wrapped banana, or anything hard and large enough to be pressed down on. Push down on the cutting board to flatten the banana (be careful to not press down too hard)
Open the foil and your banana should look like this!
Melt the chocolate and spread it on top of the banana.
Add sliced almonds or any nuts of your choice on top.
Repeat the first few steps a few times, wrap the bananas up in foil, and place in the freezer for a few hours or over night.
They come out looking beautiful like so!
Bananas have the reputation of being good sources of potassium. This is fairly true, but there are other foods richer in potassium. What bananas are really good for are aiding with digestion and regulating blood sugar levels since they are high in fiber. Since bananas do contain potassium, they are also able to help with lowering blood pressure and keeping your heart healthy. Bananas probably shouldn’t be eaten more than twice a day, though. Remember, everything in moderation. I love having them first thing in the morning or before exercising.
Almonds and nuts are great sources of healthy fats, antioxidants, protein, and fiber. Their fiber content helps with regulating blood sugar. And this may sound a bit paradoxical since we often associate fats with heart disease, but although almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, they are actually beneficial for keeping your heart healthy. It has been found that nut consumption in general lowers a person’s risk for heart disease. Funny, right? The world used to be anti-fats, but there are such things as healthy fats, and well, eat them! A handful of nuts a day could save your life!
As for you protein junkies, almonds are also a natural and healthy way to get some of your daily dosage of protein. I definitely consider almonds a ‘superfood’ since they are beneficial for our bodies in so many ways.
Have a fantastic Monday and rest of your week. Stay active and healthy! I’ll return with a new post for you all soon.