Since I’m doing my fitness challenge, one thing that is sometimes difficult for me is getting enough veggies in my diet. I love vegetables, but for whatever reason unless I’m eating a salad, getting in four full servings or more is something I really have to work at some days.
This is one of the many reasons why I love green smoothies. I can load them up with veggies and fruit, and drink down at least one good serving as a snack or supplement to my meal without even thinking about it.
Plus since this is a holiday challenge, I figured I would serve up a smoothie with a little Christmas flair. Makes a great snack, meal replacement, or heavens, I even would use this to fool myself I’m having dessert!
1/2 an apple, cored
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
a pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
3 tablespoons oatmeal
1 big handful of spinach
Put in blender…blend. That is all.Read More
Sometimes No, let’s not lie — I always crave something sweet. But dessert isn’t always in the cards for eating healthy so this banana peanut butter shake always does the trick for satisfying my cravings. Not only is it great for tricking my taste buds, it’s also my go to recipe for a hearty after workout shake. If you want to get really healthy, trade the peanut butter for 1/3 cup of raw peanuts and mix until smooth. Hope you enjoy!
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon protein powder
1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, soy…I used almond)
1/2 cup ice
Add all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. I prefer using my Magic Bullet. Works perfect!Read More
I’m always looking for healthy recipes to try, and while playing on Pinterest the other day, I found this banana bread recipe with honey and applesauce. I really suck at following recipes, so of course I made my own version with a few changes to fit my taste.
I sometimes find recipes that use all wheat flour taste funny because 1) the wheat flavor overpowers the rest and 2) wheat flour cooks hotter/burns easier. I kind of have a love affair with oats in baking, and they add a nice “earthy” flavor, as my mom calls it. This recipe is definitely healthier than my shortening version, but it doesn’t leave more to be desired like some health food — aka “I’m eating this to be healthy, but I may as well not eat it at all because it tastes nothing like the ‘real’ version.” I also reduced the amount of honey since the blackberry honey I have is super sweet. If you are using clover honey, you may want more, but I feel like it has a good amount of sweetness.
Now that I have the recipe just right, those other three bananas sitting in my banana hammock better be wary. I think another loaf may be necessary!
Whole Wheat and Oat Banana Bread with Honey and Applesauce
3 overripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup applesauce
2/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups oats
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (I cooked at 365 in higher elevation). In a mixing bowl, combine mashed bananas, applesauce and egg. With my mixer I don’t even pre-mash the bananas, I add in chunks and let the mixer do the work. Stir in honey until well blended making sure it doesn’t sink to the bottom of the bowl. Mix in baking soda and salt, followed by flour and oats until the batter is thick. Stir in walnuts. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Can I just say lazy Saturday mornings are the best? Especially those where there’s nothing to pull me or my husband out of bed early and I get to cozy up between my favorite furry girl and my favorite guy. Pure bliss! Only problem is eventually I just can’t sleep in anymore due to that stupid internal clock. So I make it a habit of running downstairs to make breakfast in bed while my husband is still sleeping. Yeah, I’m that nice of a wife. So this morning we had some blueberries that were begging to be eaten, so I tweaked a recipe I had and whipped up some healthy whole wheat pancakes with blueberries. Yum!
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup blueberries
1 Tbsp butter
Add flour and baking powder in a bowl and stir. Add in milk, egg, and sugar and whisk together until smooth. Stir in blueberries. Heat up a skillet to medium heat, melt butter in pan and pour in batter. Once the edges of the pancake start to cook and come a little off the pan, flip and cook other side until done.
You can find this and other Angie’s Nest recipes on My Fitness Pal. Search “Angie’s Nest – Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes” in the food search.Read More
In my opinion, there are few things better than homemade banana bread. Now imagine you live in a NYC apartment that doesn’t even have an oven (so the luxury of making it at home is amiss) and your little sister baked you a loaf, hopped on a plane and flew 2,000 miles just to bring it to you. That would be a really good sister, right?
Consider this my application for Sister of the Year 2011.
I had some sad little brown bananas and I thought, what better use than whipping up some bread for two of my favorite men? One to leave at home with my hubby (and to test…to make sure the taste is up to par) and another to bring to my brother in Manhattan. Pure brilliance if you ask me.
Now my usual banana bread recipe with shortening calls for more bananas than I had. So I altered a few things and whipped up a new recipe that still does the job without sacrificing flavor. Also to note, I often don’t add any spices in banana bread to maximize the taste of banana, but for this recipe I added a pinch of allspice since I didn’t have as many banans in this recipe. Plus it adds a bit of fall flair without overpowering the delicious flavor.
Award-Winning Banana Bread
(even if it is only my Sister of the Year award)
1 stick of butter, softened
4 or 5 bananas, very ripe and mashed
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 2/3 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
1 cup of oats
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of allspice (optional)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter, eggs, bananas and sugar in a bowl until completely combined. Add flour baking soda, baking powder and a little at a time until blended. Stir in oats, chopped pecans and allspice. Pour in two greased loaf pans and bake for 30-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Makes 2 loavesRead More