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I am thrilled to welcome Jessica Reinhart to Live the Fancy Life today. She recently designed and implemented an educational nutrition program for a pre-school class (yes, messy) and had a blast teaching the kids some simple healthy snack recipes. Please welcome Jessica!

It’s summer time and boy is it a hot one! All I have on the brain are snacks that will keep me cool – especially my favorite treat, ice cream. Sadly, as delicious as ice cream is, it’s not something that I can eat a container of guilt-free. And I know many parents who don’t want their kids overeating it either.

Luckily, there is a yummy and healthy alternative that you can eat plenty of without thinking twice. Banana ice cream!  This simple and delicious treat is inexpensive, easy to make and as a bonus, it’s full of potassium (an essential nutrient)! This is a snack your kids will go bananas for!

Ingredients (makes about 1 ¼ cups):
2 bananas
2-3 tablespoons of milk (I used almond milk, but any type would work)
1 tablespoon of honey (you could also use maple syrup or agave)
Topping ideas
Blueberries

Topping ideas
Strawberries
Chocolate chips
Nuts
Fruit sauce
Chocolate syrup
Peanut butter (you could also add this in to the food processor)

Directions

  1. Peel and slice the bananas into small sections then put in the  freezer (even for just an hour or two is fine)
  2. Put the banana slices into a food processor (a high speed blender would work too), add milk  and blend until it starts to look smooth and creamy (it should look thick, not runny)
  3. Stop the processor and add in the honey. Blend again for a few seconds
  4. Remove from the processor, add toppings and enjoy!

Jessica Reinhart is a Minnesota native living in Washington, DC with her boyfriend and adorable new pup. Jessica recently became a certified health coach and loves trying out new recipes and fun cooking ideas. She recently designed and implemented an educational nutrition program for a pre-school class. Jessica will be sharing healthy snacks for children on Live the Fancy Life monthly. 

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