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Frozen Banana, Yogurt and Granola Bites – A Snack That Will NOT Ruin Your Diet

Looking for a sweet treat without ruining your weight loss goals? This frozen banana, yogurt and Grape Nuts treat might be what you are looking for.

Love Maegan Frozen Banana Snacks

I was searching the internet for snacks to replace my summer ice cream habit.  Something that is sweet but still provides some healthy benefits to nourish my body.  That is when I came across an idea on LoveMeagan.com that I felt might work to satisfy me. They were perfect!

Frozen Banana, Yogurt and Granola


Materials:

Grape Nuts Cereal
Yogurt in any flavor
Bananas
2 Shallow Bowls
Cutting Board
8×10 Cake Pan
Spoon
Knife or Banana Slicer

 

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Since we have been slicing plenty of bananas lately I decided to splurge and purchase a Banana Slicer.  For under three dollars, I am pleased with it and found it to be a good investment.

 

 

 

Directions:
1.) Pour Grape Nuts Cereal into one of the shallow bowls.  Spoon yogurt into the other shallow bowl.

2.)
Remove the banana peels and cut them into bite sized pieces.

3.) Dip banana into yogurt to coat and then into Grape Nuts.

4.) Place on 8×10 cookie sheet.  Once you are finished coating pieces, pop the cookie sheet into the freezer.  Freeze solid.

5.) Remove the frozen treats off cookie sheet and place into a freezer container or freezer bags.  When ready for a frozen treat take out a few pieces and eat straight for the freezer.

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Day Seventeen – Experimenting With Chia Seeds – Muesli Recipes

What I’m Eating or Drinking – Strawberry Banana Muesli
Mood – Satisfied

I have been experimenting with muesli recipes the past few days.  Organic Chia Seeds are going to quickly replace flax-seed in my diet as my new go to add-on.

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1.) They are a high source of fiber having 10 grams of fiber per 1 oz or 2.5 Tbsps.

2.) High in omega 3’s. Our body can not make omega 3’s they must be supplied by the foods we eat. Omega 3’s boost heart health and lower triglycerides. One ounce of chia seeds has 8 times more omega 3’s than salmon.

3.) High in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants fight oxidative stress and free radicals by cleaning them out of your bloodstream.

4.) Rich in boron. Boron helps the body use calcium to build strong bones and increases testosterone levels. Yes, even women need testosterone to maintain muscle and bone mass.

5.) Chia seeds also have additional vitamins and minerals. Iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and niacin.

6.) You can add chia seeds to anything and you don’t have to soak them or grind them up before use.

Our families new breakfast is muesli which is made with yogurt, oatmeal, fruit and chia seeds. If you are running late it is easy to grab one from the frig along with a spoon as you run out the door.

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Apple Cinnamon Muesli

Mix together:
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1 (6 oz) apple crisp yogurt
1-2 teaspoons chia seed, if desired
Sprinkle of ground cinnamon

Top with:  
1/4 cup Granny Smith apple
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

Strawberry Banana Muesli

Mix together:
1/3 cup skim or almond milk
1 (6 oz) strawberry yogurt
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1-2 teaspoons chia seed, if desired

Muesli 1

Top with: 
1 sliced banana
1 tablespoon silvered almonds, if desired

Muesli 2

Raspberry Vanilla Muesli

Mix together:
1/3 cup skim or almond milk
1 (6 oz) vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup granola
1-2 teaspoons chia seed, if desired

Top with: 
1/3 cup raspberries
1 tablespoon silvered almonds

You can get creative and make any combination to fit your taste that you’d like. Some wonderful things to add are Rice Krispies, Cherios, honey, maple syrup, dried fruits, almond and vanilla extracts, honey, granola, crushed graham crackers, flax seed, chia seed, nuts, peanut butter and jams.

They store for 2 -3 days in the refrigerator nicely.  That is why I like making up a few combinations and storing them.  If the kids wake up late, they are easy enough to eat on the way to school.

Some Outside Links To Products To Add Into Muesli

1.) Chia Seeds – High in soluble fiber. Soluble fiber partly blocks the absorption
of calories from fat. Also, soluble fiber feeds the good bacteria in the human
digestive tract and greatly increases their numbers. The good bacteria
manufacture beneficial chemicals which (1 ) kills the bad bacteria, (2) lowers blood
pressure, (3) can aid in weight loss, (4) prevents cancer, (5) prevents clogged arteries
by improving cholesterol numbers, and (6 )prevents constipation.

2.) Flax Seed – Good quality, and cold-milled to preserve as much nutrition as possible.

3.) Powdered Peanut Butter – Dry powder with such an intense peanut flavor that very little goes a long way.  The best part is 2-tablespoon serving has only 45 calories and 1.5 grams of fat

Hopefully I have convinced you to look into Chia Seeds for yourself.  If not, no problem, they are only an optional ingredient in the Muesli recipes.

Gotta run for the day.  Have to get my workout in, shower and take my dog to the vet for a checkup and shots.  Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!
Nikki