LIZANNE MARR

Wholefood Dietitian & Nutritionist │ Personal Trainer

Protein Banana Bites

20130205-124926.jpgIf you are like me you are always looking for new ideas to make snacks exciting, tasty, and healthy. It is important to eat 3 meals per day and 2 to 3 snacks in between depending on your activity level. Including snacks will help you regulate blood sugar levels, reduce cravings for unhealthy foods, and help achieve your recommended daily intake for vitamins and minerals. Choosing the right types of nibbles will keep your hunger levels in check. So when lunch or dinner time creeps up, you make good choices and don't eat until you feel you'll explode. It's a win-win really.

This is my latest favourite to spice up snack time. High in protein (from vegan sprouted brown rice protein powder) to keep your tank full until dinner time. Low in fat. High in taste. 100% satisfying.

20130205-122057.jpg Ingredients: 1 small banana 3/4 of a scoop protein powder (I like Sunwarrior vanilla brown rice protein) 1 egg white 1/2 tsp vanilla paste 1 Tbsp almond milk (or any other milk) 1/2 tsp coconut oil 1 tsp cinnamon 1 Tbsp low fat Greek yoghurt

Method:

Combine protein powder, egg white, vanilla paste and almond milk to form a batter-like consistency. Chop banana into wheels and gently coat the banana with the batter using a spoon. Heat your pan to medium-high and coat the pan with coconut oil. Spoon each banana wheel gently onto the hot pan. Cook 1-2 min on each side or until golden. Combine cinnamon and yoghurt. Serve warm banana bites with cinnamon yoghurt.

**Handy Hint: have these for dessert after dinner , make extra, and save it for your snack the next day (ideal for those who work full-time)! 20130205-123031.jpg These smell AMAZING - it was really hard to resist eating them during the photo shoot.

20130205-123312.jpg This recipe is gluten free and can also be vegan/dairy free if you leave out the yogurt. This is the ideal snack to keep you full and energised until dinner. It is low GI and only 700kJ or 167 calories per serve.

Extra ideas and variations:

- Add cacao powder for a healthy chocolate substitute. - If you don't like banana you can use apple, pears or peaches instead. - Add lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice for an almost-lemon-meringue-pie taste