Vegan Banana Apple Bread

I loves bananas and I add them every single day to my protein shake. Bananas are high in fiber, Vitamin B6, and C. They are also loaded with potassium, low in fat and sodium. So when I saw this recipe I had to try it.
Preparation of this recipe is easy and it takes about an hr or so, give or take a few minutes depending on your oven to cook. This recipe is great to eat for breakfast with some low fat pb and natural fruit spread, or as a dessert.

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas
1 apple, peeled and diced
2/3 cup organic brown sugar)
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a nine-inch loaf pan.
2. In a medium sized bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Then add the apples cut up and mashed with masher until well mixed together.

Mashed apple and banana with masher

3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well ( I used my hands) to mix ingredients. Pour into greased pan

Place mix dough into baking pan

4. Bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour until cooked. Check with toothpick, making sure when toothpick is pulled out its clean.

5. When done, cool for about 15 minutes on cooling rack and serve.

This serves about 8 people and less than 200 calories per slice.

Enjoy….

Love Your Body

Live a Healthy Life…

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Whole Wheat French Toast with Vanilla Bourbon&Caramelized Banana

This recipe came out sooooo delicious that I had to share with you. It’s healthier and a delicious way to make french toast without all the calories and fat! Did you know that normally diners french toast can be as much as 1400 plus calories and over 2000 mg of sodium and 70 g of fat!! Thats crazy…. This recipe saves you over 1000 calories. Wooho…Hope you all give it a try.

INGREDIENTS:

2 tbsp unsalted butter

1/4 cup bourbon (divided)

1/4 cup brown sugar or Agave

1/4 cup crushed walnuts

2 ripe yet firm bananas (sliced)

1 cup 2% milk or almond milk

3 eggs

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp vanilla extract

8 sliced of whole wheat bread

pinch of dry cranberries for garnish

Heat the butter in a medium size non stick pan over medium heat. Add 2 tbsp of bourbon, add all the brown sugar (stir until melted) or agave. Cook for a few minutes until it begins to bubble in pot. Then add the walnuts which you cook for about 2 minutes before adding the bananas. Heat through and then stir in 1/4 cup of milk. Low down heat and keep warm on the side.

In a bowl whisk together the remaining 3/4 cup of milk, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla and the rest of the bourbon (2 tbsp). Heat a large non stick skillet/fry pan over medium heat. When hot spry non stick light cooking spray. Take 2 slices of bread at a time and dip/soak into bourbon egg mixture. Let soak for about 30 seconds on each side before adding to skillet/fry pan. Cook until golden brown on one side, flip over and cook on the other side for about 3 minutes until golden brown as well.

Once cooked serve with warm banana walnut mixture as topping..and add dry cranberries as garnish

ENJOY…

The Importance of Carbohydrates

It’s crazy to me when some people try to loose weight and one of the first things that they cut out from their eating regime is carbohydrates. Why?!? Carbs for your body is like gas for your car! How are you going to function properly without it?
The answer is you can’t! Yes yes yes I know you can loose weight fast and drop alot of lbs when you cut out carbs from your diet. And thats what people are mostly thinking about. But it’s short term weight loss, it’s not long term weight loss. Plus most of the weight or more is gained back as soon as you start incorporating carbs back into your food regime. Overall the goal should be long term weight loss.

Carbohydrates is very important for your body’s daily energy. It is needed to perform daily activities, it provides you with sustained energy when exercising, prevents muscle loss, helps in the digestion process and also helps with weight loss. The thing is that not all carbohydrates are created equal and healthy for you.

Carbohydrates are different forms of sugar that is converted to glucose which provide energy to your body cells. Each cell in your body needs a certain amount of carbs to provide you with the energy needed. But if you over eat carbs and also eat the wrong carbs the excess glucose will then be converted to glycogen and store for use or it is stored as fat, and you don’t want that to happen. As always balance and portion control is extremely important.

Carbohydrates are mainly classified/broken into two groups, simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. The best carbohydrates to eat are complex carbs which are a good source of essential micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Some examples of complex carbohydrates are beans, peas, sweet potatoes, whole grains high fiber foods, vegetables, brown rice, oats etc.

These foods help with lowering your risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancers and also help with lowering cholesterol levels etc.
So don’t be scared if eating carbs. Make smart and healthy choices and use portion control even when eating healthy carbs.

Healthy Whole Wheat Protein Banana Pancakes


I love pancakes!!! Its one of my favorite breakfast to have and I’m always looking for new and different ways to make it. This recipe is one of my favorite and its healthy in carbs, fats and protein.

INGREDIENTS:
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder
1 cup of whole wheat pancake mix (hungry jack or baker mills)
1/2 banana
1 tbsp of flaxseed oil
1/4 cup of egg whites
1 cup almond milk (original or vanilla)

Mix Ingredients Together

Mix all ingredients into a bowl. Take a folk or a potato masher and mashed banana while combining ingredients.
In a non stick or regular frying pan add some evoo (extra virgin olive oil) spray. Make sure pan is hot with stove on medium high. Take a 1/4 cup scooper and pour pancake mix into pan. Cook on one side until you see bubbles and then flip over. Cook on other side until middle is done. Be careful not to burn pancake.
This mixture makes about 6 medium size pancakes. Double ingredients to make more if necessary.

When done serve pancake and top it with the remaining 1/2 of the banana and some strawberries (optional)..add a 1/2 packet of truvia or powered stevia and sugar free maple syrup.
ENJOY!

Elesha…
Love Your Body
Live a Healthy Life!