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Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

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Here is my Healthy Banana Bread Recipe that I have used for years.

I love banana bread, so a few years ago when hubby and I decided to overhaul how we were eating I went through and updated my banana bread recipe to make it healthier.

It is still very moist, sweet, and delicious. Full of good fats, lots of fiber, and anti-oxidants (from the chocolate chips).

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease a standard loaf pan (I use spray oil).
  • Beat 2 large eggs in a small bowl with 1-3t of vanilla to taste.
  • Mash 2-3 mushy sweet bananas in a separate small bowl.
  • In a separate bowl mix 2/3 cup whole wheat flour with 2/3 cup ground flax seeds, 1/2 tbsp baking soda, 1/2 tbsp salt, 1/2 tbsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tbsp baking powder.

Place 1/2 cup raw sugar in a large bowl and mix with 5 tbsp cold pressed walnut oil (I have also used peanut and coconut oils) - about a minute with hand mixer.

Using hand mixer, blend flour mixture into sugar mixture in 2-3 parts, and then add eggs along with vanilla extract to taste (1-3 tbsp) and take a spatula and fold in the mashed bananas.

And here's where I stir in 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. They are optional.

Put in loaf pan and bake for approximately one hour on middle rack of oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it sit in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out and cool on a rack. Slices should be about 1/2" - no thicker!

I also make this with pumpkin instead of bananas, adding nutmeg with the cinnamon.

Enjoy!

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My Breakfast Power Smoothie

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My breakfast power smoothie gives me energy to train clients for 3-5 hours straight! And it tastes great.

I never used to be a huge smoothie fan.

Seriously, I thought smoothies were a poor substitute for actual food. That they were what you ate when you were forced to, like when you had your wisdom teeth removed and couldn't chew for a week.

But then I became less tolerant of big breakfasts. I just cannot eat tons of food in the morning without feeling kinda sick.

And then hubby bought the awesome Oster Smoothie blender, which is pretty, easy to clean, and pulverizes leafy greens.Breakfast Power Smoothie

So here is the basic recipe. Just dump everything in the blender and go!

1/2 cup plain yogurt (I use lactose-free; also works with soy and almond if you cannot tolerate dairy.) 1 T. ground flax seed or chia seed 1.5 T. unsweetened egg protein powder 1 t. raw cocoa powder 2 T. chocolate almond milk 2 T. water 1 T. peanut or almond butter .5 t. vanilla 1-2 t. honey 1 cup fruit (I usually do either a banana with a few berries, or all mixed berries. Also works with mango and stone fruit). handful of greens (spinach, kale, swiss chard, or a mix) 4 ice cubes

Lots of lean protein, good fats with Omega 3s, fiber and anti-oxidants from the fruits and veggies - this smoothie is full of everything your body needs to start out running! Plus it tastes great.

Try it and let me know how it works for you.

And feel free to share your favorite smoothie recipes with me!

Book Review: The Longevity Kitchen Cookbook

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Finally, a cookbook that offers gorgeous, tasty, easy to follow recipes featuring all the anti-aging power foods we love.

5/5 Stars

While I was working in the Caribbean, I met a lovely woman named Caroline Nation. The former publisher of W Magazine, Caroline had left the fashion publishing world and entered into the world of nutrition with her fabulous nutrition site, My Food My Health (use code "Lynda" to receive 15% off your first order).

We remained in contact, and a few weeks ago we met for tea and she handed me a copy of The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods [120 Recipes for Vitality and Optimal Health] cookbook, which is written by My Food My Health consulting chef Rebecca Katz, along with Mat Edelson (the pair behind The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen).

With a forward from health guru Dr. Andrew Weil, this beautiful book offers recipes for all occasions and times of day. There are great soups, appetizers, breakfasts, and even desserts. The recipes feature different combinations of power foods like asparagus, basil, blueberries, dark chocolate, kale, olive oil, sweet potato, thyme, and yogurt.

While The Longevity Kitchen is organized like most cookbooks, by meals, there is also an index that categorizes the recipes by health benefits.

Need some immune boosting? Try Chicken Tortilla Soup and Carrot Apple Slaw with Cranberries.

Under too much stress (like most of us)? Here come Sweet Potato and Zucchini Pancakes and Sweet Potato Bars to the rescue.

Enhance your memory and brain power with Golden Roasted Cauliflower aside some lovely Wild, Wild Salmon Burgers.

Blood sugar out of control? Even things out with Smoked Salmon Nori Rolls and Sicilian Green Beans.

You will also find Flexibility Promoters, Liver Boosters, Heart Strengtheners, Skin Enrichers, and LDL Cholesterol Reducers.

A well written and presented cookbook full of great information, beautiful photos, and easy to follow recipes that turn out well. Just a well done book!

The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods [120 Recipes for Vitality and Optimal Health]