Whether you do yoga, walk, spin, bike, run, or swim, you usually get hungry after activity. Many people reach for energy bars such as PowerBar, but with a little creativity, you can do a WHOLE lot better.
I love sweet things so for me a banana is a great choice. But, what if I am really hungry? Adding peanut butter is my favorite way to get more healthy calories and replace that cookie that I am always craving in the late afternoon.
You use whole grain tortillas that you can find in the refrigerated section of your supermarket or you can make your own see: Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas - So Ridiculously Easy. You mash the banana and spread peanut butter (or any other nut butter) on your tortilla.
And, THEN, the best part. You heat it up. This renders the banana all mushy and the tastes collide into an orbit of deliciousness. I am serious. You will never eat a PowerBar again if you try this.
Of course, you are going to need a kitchen or access to a microwave (can't shove this in your gym bag - yuck!).
This snack will take you less than 2 minutes to make. If you have a potato masher, the whole process is sped up (but a fork is fine).
Kids will love making this and it is a great after school snack. They can mix other things into the quesadilla such as raisins, shredded coconut, nuts or other yummy things to make it their own.
And then there is breakfast! Wouldn't this make a fantastic breakfast (the entire quesadilla)? You get your serving of fruit, healthy protein, and whole grain to start the day (and it is warm). Give it a try!
What is your favorite banana combo?
2 whole grain tortillas
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon peanut butter
a few chocolate chips (optional)
Mash banana in bowl with potato masher. Spread peanut butter and banana on tortilla, add chocolate chips, and top with other tortilla. Warm in microwave for 20 seconds (depending on your microwave).
For 1/2 quesadilla = 230 calories, 6.7 g fat, 37 g carbohydrates, 6.6 g protein, 6.0 g fiber, 367 mg sodium, 4 Points+
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