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6 Recipes For Healthiest Frozen Banana Desserts

6 Recipes For Healthiest Frozen Banana Desserts

It’s summertime again, and that means barbecues by the pool, long days at the beach, gallons of sunscreen, and delicious frozen treats. When it comes to your sweet tooth this summer, frozen desserts don’t require you to sacrifice your health. If you are trying to cool off with a frozen delight but don’t want to overdose on sugar and calories, bananas are the secret to a healthy dessert that you will continue to crave.

Here are six recipes for healthy frozen banana desserts. Not only are bananas full of vitamins that are great for your health, but they also aren’t loaded with processed sugar, preservatives, or extra calories. Bananas are nature’s dessert, and with a little help and a few recipes, bananas will become your family’s favorite frozen treat.

Simple Banana Ice Cream

banana ice cream

    This recipe, from That Clean Life, is one of the easiest ways to enjoy a classic dessert option without all the unhealthy stuff. Transform bananas into rich and creamy “ice cream,” and you will be amazed at how great it tastes! You’ll also be surprised by how easy it is to make:

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    • Place bananas in the freezer for at least one hour.
    • Add frozen bananas to your food processor and blend until smooth.
    • Add your favorite toppings (chopped nuts, diced strawberries, and honey are great), and enjoy paired with your favorite movie on movie night.

    Dark Chocolate, Peanut-Covered Frozen Bananas

    chocolate covered bananas

      If you’ve ever been to a theme park or carnival, you’ll recognize these treats from Epicurious right away. There is nothing like the crunch of peanuts followed by smooth chocolate and the intense flavor of ripe bananas. By using dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate, it becomes a healthier take on a delicious old-fashioned recipe.

      • Melt dark chocolate in a bowl over boiling water, stirring periodically and scraping the sides of the bowl.
      • Place wax paper over a baking sheet, so the final product won’t stick to the pan.
      • Push a popsicle-stick inside each banana.
      • Dip the bananas in melted chocolate, and carefully place them on the baking sheet.
      • Sprinkle your freshly dipped bananas with chopped peanuts.
      • Freeze for at least an hour or until frozen, and then indulge while sitting poolside with all of your friends.

      Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Banana Bites

      With all the protein of peanut butter and the savory taste of dark chocolate, these Banana Bites from Not Enough Cinnamon are great to keep in the fridge for when you want to fill up on something sweet. There is really no comparison to the taste of peanut butter and chocolate together in one little package.

      • Slice the banana into small circles around an inch thick.
      • Add a dollop of peanut butter on top of each slice.
      • Melt dark chocolate in a bowl over boiling water, stirring occasionally.
      • Prepare a baking sheet with wax paper so the final product won’t get stuck.
      • Poke banana pieces through the side with a tooth pick, and dip them in the melted chocolate.
      • Place tray in the freezer for several hours before eating.

      These are great to bring to summer soirees or company get-togethers!

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      Banana Fruit Smoothie

      banana smoothie

        When your diet is stricter and dark chocolate just doesn’t make the cut, a smoothie is the best possible way to enjoy frozen banana goodness and stay fit. Adding a variety of fruits to your smoothie will really take things to the next level. (For recipes detailing great fruit combinations see Chiquita Bananas’s smoothies.)

        • In a blender, mix all of your favorite fruits, a spoonful of honey, and a scoop of milk or yogurt.
        • Blend until smooth.

        Perfect for an energy boost before you hit the gym or for post-workout fuel!

        Frozen Yogurt Banana Popsicles

        If you enjoy the rich tangy taste of yogurt, these popsicles from Not Enough Cinnamon may be perfect. Cold bananas and yogurt melt in your mouth, and you can add a plethora of other extras to your popsicles to make them really special on steamy days when the temperatures are high.

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        • Blend bananas, plain yogurt, and honey together in a blender until smooth.
        • Pour into a popsicle tray and add popsicle-sticks.
        • Freeze for several hours until hardened.

        This is a great snack to have in the freezer for when friends come to visit or when you need something to keep you going while mowing the lawn.

        Gram Cracker & Honey Banana Squares

        If you’re looking for something that will give you the feeling of camping without the extra-hot fire, these squares will be excellent. Adding a little honey to the concoction will sweeten things up a bit, and gram crackers add an amazing cinnamon twist. Healthy and nutritious cinnamon banana satisfaction in a bite sized package, and they are easy to make.

        • Blend bananas, honey, and peanut butter together in your blender.
        • Let the mixture cool in the fridge or freezer for about a half hour.
        • Once chilled, place a spoonful between graham cracker squares and dig in.

        This one is great to serve at parties or for a quick snack in the afternoon!

        During the summer it can be hard to stay cool and even harder to eat healthy when choosing a cool-down dessert; but there are always alternatives to the typical sugary sweets. A quick, healthy, frozen snack can not only be delicious, but with the right recipes it can be made in a snap, too. Have a blast this summer, and give these six recipes for healthy frozen banana desserts a try next time you’re trying to keep cool while staying healthy.

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        Photo credits: Chocolate covered banana one, Banana Ice Cream, Banana Smoothie, Chocolate covered banana two

        Featured photo credit: Veganfeast via flickr.com

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        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

        We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

        We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

        So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

        Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

        What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

        Boundaries are limits

        —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

        Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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        Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

        Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

        Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

        How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

        Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

        1. Self-Awareness Comes First

        Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

        You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

        To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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        You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

        • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
        • When do you feel disrespected?
        • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
        • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
        • When do you want to be alone?
        • How much space do you need?

        You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

        2. Clear Communication Is Essential

        Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

        Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

        3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

        Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

        That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

        Sample language:

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        • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
        • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
        • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
        • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
        • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
        • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
        • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

        Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

        4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

        Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

        Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

        Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

        We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

        It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

        It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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        Final Thoughts

        Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

        Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

        Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

        The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

        Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

        Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

        They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

        Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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