Crunch, crunch, nomnom, another please. This will be your gut reaction to these tasty little banana pops. Although, if you dislike bananas, then we may have a problem on our hands. In fact, I’m not so sure if we’ll even be able to be friends if that’s the case….seriously. Ha gotcha! I would never do that to you. All joking aside though, bananas and I are, truly, best friends. We ride along in the car together, go to work together, and bake with each other. It’s the best friendship ever.
Covering these with chia alongside other familiar foods make these a plant smart omega 3 snack. Plant sources that are rich in omega 3 are seeds like hemp hearts, chia, and flax. You’ve undoubtedly heard of omega 3 in the media lately and for good reason. Omega 3 has a wide range of health benefits like reducing inflammation in our body. Triggers such as chronic stress, a poor diet (high in sugar, refined flour, processed foods), sleep deprivation or poor sleep quality, lack of exercise, or exposure to toxins (like pesticides or mold) can contribute to a state of chronic inflammation. By incorporating omega 3 rich foods like wild salmon, halibut, mackerel, eggs, flax, hemp, and/or chia we can reduce the risk of developing inflammatory conditions like heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, diabetes, and some types of cancers among more.
But when we’re trying to incorporate new foods, it can prove to be a difficult task especially if you have little ones in the family. When introducing new foods, I like to use one new, unfamiliar food in a tried and true recipe which also incorporates familiar foods. This ensures that you’ll come out with a recipe that you know is already a hit but with the addition of a little twist.
What happens when you get the “eewww, that’s gross” response? Don’t give up just yet. When introducing new foods, it takes 15-30 times of trying a food for a child to accept it. So, don’t beat yourself up when you go through all the work of preparing something that is rejected within 2 seconds. It may be that 6 months down the road, it will be their new favourite food.
- ⅓ cup plain yogurt
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- couple shakes of cinnamon
- ⅓ cup dried pineapple, diced small
- 2 TBP chia seeds
- ⅓ cup unsweetened coconut, toasted
- ⅓ cup white chocolate, shavings or chopped well
- 2 bananas, cut in half
- Mix the yogurt, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a bowl large enough to dunk the banana halves.
- Mix the pineapple, chia, coconut, and white chocolate onto a plate and swirl together until well mixed.
- Dunk 1 banana half into the yogurt, then roll into the toppings until it has a nice thick coating. Poke with a skewer and set aside on a plate. Repeat with remaining bananas. Freeze. Best enjoyed when defrosted for about 5 minutes.