My internship rotation has been in school nutrition these last few weeks. I’ve been able to do fun things like create a recipe for middle school kids. I’m so excited because it’s such a fun project and the kids LOVED it. Banana Sushi Rolls are a perfect after school snack because it uses simple ingredients that are common in most kitchens. One of the reasons this recipe is so awesome is because it tastes good and it has a fruit, whole grain and a protein. It’s the perfect after school or after work snack. For me it’s a “oh I could eat again” type of snack. I created quite a bit of material to display at the school and learned some interesting facts about bananas and peanuts.
They float in water! Yes, I tried this myself and it actually floats in regular tap water, amazing! I’m still not over it, it was dang cool. Most people know bananas are jack full of potassium and that they grow in tropical places. You might not know is that a banana doesn’t grow on a banana tree. It grows from *the largest* herbaceous flower plant, it is in the same family as orchids and palms. Fun fact bananas ripen faster when they are attached in a bunch. A bunch is also known as a hand and the bananas are known as fingers.
Tortillas come in all forms, but my favorite is whole wheat! I prefer whole wheat over other types because of all the benefits that whole wheat has. The guideline is that half of the grains you each day should be whole grains, and here are a few reasons why;
Whole grains are higher in fiber which can help you feel fuller longer & they can even help reduce cholesterol. Another benefit of whole grains are the minerals, magnesium and selenium. Magnesium helps build strong bones and teeth while selenium helps support your immune system.
Peanut butter is an awesome source of plant-based protein. In just 2 tablespoons there are just about 8 grams. I’m not going to spend forever talking about protein because most Americans consume wayyy more protein than they need in a day, including vegans and vegetarians.
Banana Sushi Rolls
- 1 banana
- 1 whole wheat tortilla
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- fresh fruit for topping
Lay tortilla on flat surface.
Spread with peanut butter.
Place banana on one end of tortilla and roll up.
Cut into even slices.