Kid-Approved Vegan Banana Sushi Rolls

Kid-Approved Vegan Banana Sushi Rolls

My internship rotation has been in school nutrition these last few weeks. I’ve been able to do fun things like creating recipes for middle school kids. I’m so excited because it’s such a fun project and the kids LOVE it. Banana Sushi Rolls are a perfect after-school snack because it uses simple ingredients commonly found in most kitchens. This snack not only tastes good but has a fruit, whole grain and a protein. It’s the perfect after school or after work snack.

I did quite a bit of research for this project and learned some interesting facts about bananas and peanuts.

Bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

DKY they float in water! Yes, I tried it myself and they float in regular tap water. I’m still not over it, it was so, so cool. Most people know bananas are full of potassium and that they grow in tropical areas. Contrary to popular belief bananas don’t grow on a banana tree. They grow from *the largest* herbaceous flower plant. A plant that is in the same family as orchids and palms.

Fun facts 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.

Move Over Refined Grains!

Tortillas come in all forms, but whole wheat can help your heart beat! Try making half your daily grains whole grains. Here are a few reasons why

  1. Whole grains are higher in fiber which can help you feel fuller longer

  2. Help reduce cholesterol.

  3. Contain minerals, magnesium and selenium. Magnesium helps build strong bones and teeth while selenium helps support your immune system.

Peanut Butter, No Jelly Time

Peanut butter is a fantastic source of plant-based protein. 2 tablespoons provide right around 8 grams of protein. When buying peanut butter make sure to look at the label carefully. Your only ingredients should be peanuts and maybe salt.

Fun fact: most Americans consume way more protein than they need in a day.

Recipe

Makes 1 serving

  • 1 banana

  • 1 whole wheat tortilla

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter

  • In season fresh fruit for topping

  1. Lay tortilla on flat surface.

  2. Spread with peanut butter.

  3. Place banana on one end of tortilla and roll up.

  4. Cut into even slices then top with fruit and eat!

NOTES

Can also add chia seeds inside with peanut butter for additional Omega-3 fatty acids. Kids don’t like as much, but is great addition for adults!

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