Healthy Snack Ideas and Frozen Banana Pops

We are in our second week of the four week DietBet weight loss challenge I am hosting and today I thought we’d talk about healthy snacks. I know personally I get into the routine of eating the same few things for my snacks so I thought it would be helpful to make a list of some healthy snacking options.

I’ll get to these easy and fun frozen pops in a minute.

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Snacks are an excellent way to curb your hunger until your next mealtime. Eating frequent small meals helps to keep your blood sugars steady which in turn prevents you from feeling sluggish or overly hungry. Snacks are also a great way to get in all the food groups requirements. I am talking about planned snacks, not mindless munching (i.e. after dinner when you are clearly not hungry but just feel the need to eat).

Frozen Banana Pops

Snacking when you’re not hungry is definitely an undesired behavior. You must be very mindful when it happens in order to kick the habit. That is a whole other post, but for now let’s talk about some healthy planned snacks that you could incorporate into your day.

100 to 200 Calorie Snack Ideas

Speaking of healthy snacks, I made these frozen banana pops for my kids the other day. Of course they don’t have to be just for kids if you are a fan of frozen bananas. I could have rolled them in a variety of fun toppings, but I wanted to keep them as nutritious as possible so I chose strawberry yogurt, cheerios and wheat germ. Of course melted chocolate and sprinkles were calling my name, along with peanut butter but I wanted to make these nut-free for my son who has yet to be introduced to nuts and I wanted to keep these low in added sugar. The kids loved them just the way they were!

Can I also say if you have older babies (mine is 14 months) these are awesome. It kept my boy occupied in his high chair for about 30 minutes. He started picking the cereal and eventually got to the banana which took it’s time to soften up. He was a mess and loved every bit of it!

You can make as many as you’d like and once they are frozen, transfer them to a zip lock freezer bag for storage. These are also a great snack for the kids to help make.Frozen Banana Pops

Frozen Banana Pops
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 firm bananas, cut in half crosswise
  • 4 oz organic yogurt (any flavor will work)
  • ½ cup cheerios
  • 1 Tablespoon wheat germ
  1. Place wooden stick into cut ends of bananas. Place yogurt on a plate and cereal/wheat germ mixture on another plate.
  2. Roll banana in yogurt, using spoon to coat it well.
  3. Next roll yogurt covered banana in cereal mixture, using a spoon or your fingers to press mixture gently onto yogurt.
  4. Place on a wax paper lined plate and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Once frozen, you may layer banana pops with waxed paper and transfer to a plastic bag for storage.
Frozen Banana Pops

I most often snack on fruit, nuts and hummus & crackers. One of my goals for 2013 is to make more homemade snacks, especially for the kids. I’ll be sure to share my favorites!!

Questions: What are your go-to favorite snacks?

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  1. says

    I love frozen bananas! I buy apple bananas (since they’re all over Hawaii) and peel them, and wrap them in plastic to toss in the freezer. I grab one when I’m craving a little sweet treat and it hits them spot. Great job snazzing them up for kiddos.
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Ahh, my daughter went through a similar stage. She prefers things like sandwiches & tacos separate. First thing she does it deconstruct it all. Haha.

  2. says

    So clever. This is a great idea. I can’t wait to try it. I would strongly suggest, though, using PLAIN yogurt. No need for all the added sugar that is in most flavored yogurts. Especially since there is a good amount of sugar in the banana.

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Thanks Suzy! I’m not too worried about the added sugar here since each banana pop only uses about 1 spoon of yogurt so it amounts to only 1-2 grams of added sugar (the 4 ounce container divided among the 4 pops and there was still a little leftover on the plate). My kids are not a fan of plain yogurt and I really like the added flavor in these pops! I have gotten them to like the vanilla Greek yogurt which doesn’t have as much sugar as flavored but not as few as plain. I am happy about it- good compromise in my books. :)

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Yum! That is what I plan on doing next time we want a healthier dessert. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Dana M. says

    Since I gave up desserts for the month of January I have been eating a lot of bananas to curb my sweet tooth. I love this idea. I have bananas and sticks, I may try a dairy free version today for the kids after school snack.

  4. says

    Love your snack options!
    My favourite snack (currently) is a single serving can of tuna with sugar snap peas. MMM. Could eat that 3 times a day (if my hubby didn’t complain about the stinky tuna cans…)

  5. says

    My favorite snacks: roasted butternut squash, roasted green beans with salt, spaghetti squash, grass-fed beef jerky, Wink Frozen Desserts (just made a video review of this AMAZING STUFF!), spinach & ketchup, tomato paste, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and…. FREE SAMPLES AT WHOLE FOODS – LMFAO!!! 😉
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  6. Mrs. Measurement says

    My nephews would love this! And my sis-in-law would approve, because its healthy! I may sub regular Cheerios for honey-nut

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