There are not many things that make me more happy than eating and chocolate. I literally crave chocolate all the time and if I can find a way to have dessert in healthy form I will! I feel this showcases my life pretty well:
If you are like me, then you are constantly searching to satisfy your sweet-tooth without consuming 10,000 calories! As I have mentioned before I follow the Tone it up girls quite closely with my fitness instagram account (follow me – thefitchocoholic). Other followers have posted pictures of a healthified banana split and I just had to try!
I devoured this pretty quickly and it filled me for hours since it is rich is so many healthy foods!
BANANA SPLIT BOWL RECIPE ♥
1 Cup greek yogurt
1 medium banana
1 Cup blueberries
2 Tablespoons walnuts (or any nut you prefer)
1 Tablespoon Chia seeds (if you don’t have these in your diet you should add them! See the benefits below)
1 Tablespoon dark chocolate chips (must have in my opinion)
1 Teaspoon large unsweetened coconut flakes
Cut your banana in half length ways and line in the bottom of the bowl. Scoop greek yogurt on top of banana and add chia seeds (sometimes I wait a few minutes for them to swell). Then add everything else and try to make it look pretty before indulging for breakfast!!
There are so many its hard to narrow it down! Since I have a lot of ingredients I will just focus on 3 today…
Blueberries: This bowl is packed with antioxidants from the beautiful blueberries (Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA). Blueberries also have a low GI (glycemic index) which means that they won’t spike your blood sugar levels so you don’t experience the crash afterwards.
Chia Seeds: Fibre! You know that most of us do not get enough so if you are able to get some fibre this easily – why not!? Chia sees are also stocked with Omega-3 fatty acids (important for brain health). Calcium (bone health) and Manganese (good for bones and helps your body use other essential nutrients like biotin and thiamin). Chia seeds expand in water or liquid so when you eat them they swell in your stomach and make you feel fuller longer which is great for people trying to lose weight. They also flight belly fat since they have a stabilizing effect on blood sugar and fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat. Lastly, these little seeds are packed with protein!
*If you can’t tell I really love Chia seeds!! I usually buy mine at bulk barn 🙂
Greek Yogurt: Great for your digestive health because of the probiotics (healthy bacteria help promote a healthy gut). Greek Yogurt is also a great source of calcium, magnesium and potassian which is thought to help lower high blood pressure. Protein!! Almost double the amount as compared with regular yogurt and since protein takes your body longer to digest, it can help make you feel and stay full for longer.
I really recommend trying a banana split bowl when you want something sweet, but don’t want to throw your diet out the window…oh and don’t forget to add some chia seeds!! 🙂