The leaves are just beginning to change in some areas. Autumn is officially here, although harvest carnivals have been underway for weeks and youngsters went back to school in most places long before Labor Day.
Warm fall days call for a special after school treat, one that is so good, youngsters will never guess it is healthy. I saw Sandra Leal’s recipe for “Too Good to Be Healthy Crunchy Frozen Yogurt Bananas” on a morning show and think they are perfect for snack lovers of all ages.
Easy to make, each treat comes in for 132 calories and delivers 4 grams protein and 3 grams of fiber.
3 bananas, cut in half and skewered with Popsicle sticks
1 container non-fat Greek yogurt
1.5 cups toasted granola
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Once the bananas are skewered, roll them in cinnamon and nutmeg. Then roll them in Greek yogurt, followed by the granola. Wrap in plastic and freeze for about 4 hours.
Any non-fat Greek yogurt will work, but I have a favorite for several reasons. A farmer owned dairy in my area, Prairie Farms, introduced a new line of 100 calorie Greek Yogurt a few months ago and I love it! It comes in five flavors: blueberry, cherry, key lime, peach and strawberry. Each 5.3-ounce cup contains authentic strained nonfat yogurt made with natural ingredients and produced using milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones. Plus each cup contains 12 grams of protein and the yogurt is naturally sweetened with Stevia and free from artificial sweeteners, flavors and colors.
Another reason I look for this yogurt in stores is that Prairie Farms Dairy represents over 700 farm families. The dairy also helps families in need and non-profit organizations. The Prairie Farms charitable giving program, Our Caps, Your Cause, supports a variety of non-profit organizations and gives consumers a voice in helping local causes.