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Healthy Snacks with Snack Girl

by Lisa Cain, Snack Girl

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Low Calorie Banana Split Recipe

Snack Girl is ALWAYS looking for ways to makeover treats into healthy food. And, she loves banana splits!

In fact, one of my favorite banana splits is served at Friendly's for a whopping 880 calories. Ouch.

What to do?

Well, one of my Weight Watcher's buddies shared with me her secret for replacing ice cream. She just puts some whipped cream on a banana.

I wasn't sure it would work but I gave it a try with the bowl and banana pictured above which features fresh strawberries. All I did was add about 8 tablespoons of light whipped cream to this bowl.

Eight tablespoons of sweetened whipped cream (from one of those crazy nitrous oxide filled canisters) is only 60 calories.

The entire dish featured 1 cup sliced strawberries, 1 banana, and whipped cream. It came out to 206 calories (I saved myself 674 calories) and, honestly, I really enjoyed it.

I didn't miss the ice cream. The whipped cream was enough of a "treat" for me.

Of course, these canisters aren't the most eco-friendly packaging in the world. So, if you have a bit more time you can buy some light cream, add a little honey or maple syrup and just whip it up really fast.

Cream is considered a really high calorie food, but when you add AIR the calories decrease by quite a bit.

Kids will love making this faux banana split, and it is a great way to dress up their after school snack.

This snack is ridiculously easy (and only 1 Weight Watchers point). Give it a try!

Banana Split Makeover Recipe
(serves 1)
1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 banana
8 tablespoons sweetened whipped cream

Slice strawberries and banana. Put in a bowl and top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

206 calories, 4.8 g fat, 38 g carbohydrates, 2.2 g protein, 5.9 g fiber, 3 mg sodium, 1 PointsPlus

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