Did you know that the average person gains one pound during the holiday season? (source) That might not sound so bad, but here’s the kicker: that one pound accumulates year after year. That’s right. You gain that pound and it typically stays with you. The study I linked to above surmises that this one pound gain may be a major contributor to obesity later in life. Think about it. Let’s say you start this one pound trend around 25. You probably will barely notice that one pound creeping on each year, but by 45 you’ve gained 20 pounds.
Can we make a pact? Let’s actively try to avoid gaining that one pound. Let’s make smart choices. Let’s stay active together and not use the holidays as an excuse to overeat for a month straight. We need a plan.
These Salted Dark Chocolate Covered Bananas are part of the plan. Because we all know that we are going to be bombarded with sweet treats from now until we ring in the New Year. Let’s have a healthy, reasonable alternative on hand. We’ll be ready. We know temptation is going to be there. These little sweet treats will help us say no.
If we have a stash of these Salted Dark Chocolate Covered Bananas in our freezers, we will have something sweet and delicious to eat when the sugar cravings hits. No guilt. Each chocolate-covered bite is around 48 calories, with 3 grams of fat, only 1.3 grams of added sugar (3 grams total sugar with the natural sugars from the banana), and just under 1 gram of protein. Now that’s a healthy dessert we can all feel good about eating, right?
Chocolate covered bananas are really easy to make. You just slice your bananas into thinnish slices. Mine were about 1/4 inch. Then I used a tiny smear of almond butter to make a little banana sandwich. Because nut butter+banana+chocolate is pretty much the best combo ever. Then you use a spoon and dip the banana sandwich into the melted dark chocolate. Top with a sprinkle of coarse salt and pop them in the freezer. (Do not skip the salt. Trust me!) Easy peasy. Healthy dessert ready to go! We’re in this together.Print
I like to store these in the freezer and pull one out as needed. You can eat it straight from the freezer, or let it defrost a bit if you’d like the banana to be a little creamy like the top picture. These little babies are going to keep us on track this holiday season!