the queen of indulgence
I don't know what happened to me as a kid, but somewhere along the lines I developed an indulgent relationship with food. If you ask me a childhood memory, it will most likely revolve around food - or at least mention it in there. . It probably has something to do with my Mother, who refused to spend her single income on sugary processed food. Grocery shopping was the worst, I thought I was sooo sneaky putting in all those wishlist items while she wasn't looking - only to get swiftly denied at the cash register. She completely had my best interests in mind, but being deprived of those things - only intensified the cravings for them. Which is probably why, anytime I did have something indulgent (special occasions) - my brain immediately bookmarked the occasion.
Fast forward to early adulthood - to where the biggest motivation for getting a high school job, was of course the incentive of being able to buy whatever I wanted; snacks included! As you could imagine, the indulgence ran wild, and thankfully to a fast metabolism - my vanity wasn't sacraficed.
Times have most definitely changed! Now I am the Mother trying to curb my toddler's sugary obsession - all the while trying to maintain her healthy relationship with food (Oh, and that metabolism has most definitely waned)
Thus, snacks that are both fun & nutritional are a huge win. Not only is it good for her health, but also my waistline. WIN WIN. . Que this healthy breakfast / snack / dessert that pays homemade to the classically decadent Banana Split - but lack's all of the guilt! (scroll down for recipe)
Give me all the fruit
There is something so beautiful about freshly washed, fresh fruit. I wish I could claim these to be farmer's market fresh, but they were delivered fresh from instacart! Seriously you guys, this my number #1 life hack. It's so much easier than lugging around the girl's to shop - and I actually placed my order while laying in bed the night before, so that it's delivered first thing the next morning. Best $4.99 ever spent! Click this link to sign up, and get $10 off your first order (you won't regret it).
Thankfully, Stella thinks Strawberries are candies - and would eat an entire basket if I let her.
Seriously, give her a basket of strawberries and see what happens . . She will be the quietest 2.5 year old for 20 minutes.
all the fixins
I'm a huge fan of "build your own" anything. What can I say? I love options, and feeling l have creative free reign. So these ingredients are merely just suggestions, let your imagination run wild!
I opted for the classic fruit medley of berries & bananas, but it would be fun to do a tropical spin on this dish with pineapples + mangos.
Ingredients I used: Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Shredded Coconut, Sliced Almonds, Chia Seeds, Coconut Yogurt (We try to avoid dairy in our house), Chopped Pecans, Granola, and Honey to drizzle (swap with Agave to make vegan), and of course - Bananas!
Shop ingredients through Amazon below (All I personally love, and use)
- 4 Bananas
- 1 Cup Sliced Strawberries
- 1 Cup Blueberries
- 1 Cup Raspberries
- 1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds
- 1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts
- 1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut
- 1 1/2 Cups Granola
- 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
- 32 oz Coconut Yogurt
- As Desired Honey
See, being an adult is kind of like tricking your inner toddler. If you make something that looks like a banana split, but swap out the ingredients for nutritional ones - you can kinda have the best of both worlds!
Will you be making this for breakfast tomorrow, or dessert tonight? What kind of toppings will you be using?? Let me know in the comments below!