Bananas are the perfect food for babies and toddlers. They come in their own biodegradable container that’s easy to transport. They don’t require refrigeration. They’re soft and easy to eat for toothless littles. Being sweet makes them a great substitute for less healthy sweet treats. Bananas are full of health benefits. Of course none of that means anything to Zaynab. She just knows she loves them and has to have one a day.
I always have a bunch of bananas sitting on the counter to feed into her love of the fruit. She’ll walk into the kitchen all short and adorable, look up and point, “monas!” That’s her word for them and it makes me ridiculously happy when she says it. It’s a cross between Arabic (moza) and English. We lovingly refer to those types of words as “Arabish”.
She’s never met a banana she didn’t like. Not only does she like them as is, she enjoys eating them in other ways too.
Banana and Fruit Smoothie
1 banana, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1 cup OJ, and 1/2 – 1 cup any other fruit you have on hand. Whirl it all up in your blender and serve with a cute straw.
Banana Yogurt Parfait
In a bowl, layer banana slices, honey sweetened plain yogurt (ditch the honey for babies) or your choice of flavored yogurt, and top with homemade granola.
These easy to make “Wake Up Muffins” are a great way to use up bananas that may be a little too mushy or perhaps if you purchased more than your family could eat.
Don’t throw away all those banana peels just yet! Check out this banana peel facial technique. I love how soft it makes me skin feel afterwards!
What is your little one’s favorite fruit?