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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Healthy Banana-Granola Bread


   Ripe bananas? Don't throw them away, instead use them for this granola bread recipe. I bake this bread every week, sometimes twice a week. I take to work, to the beach and my son loves it. No oil, eggs, butter or white flour, it is so delicious, moist easy to make and of course ...healthy.

                                             
                                         Ingredients
                                       4 ripe bananas, like the ones on the picture
                                       1 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour,
                                       1/2 cup of applesauce,
                                       1/3 cup brown sugar,
                                       1/2 cup peanuts or sunflower seeds,
                                       1/2 cup dried cranberries,
                                       1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded dried coconut,
                                       1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips,
                                       1 tsp of baking powder,
                                       1 tsp of Kosher salt.

                                         
                                          First I add the mashed bananas
                             Then add the rest of the ingredients (not the flour)
                           Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a different bowl
                                                     Mix all very well
        Then add the flour, baking powder and salt mix to the banana mixed bowl and again mix well.              
 Lightly spray some canola oil (I use Pam) and sprinkle a little of whole wheat flour, just a little so the mix won't  stick on the bottom. Distribute flour over the 8"by 8" baking dish by shaking side to side until full covered.
                                         Pour in the mix and take to the oven,
       350f or 180c for 40 minutes or until you insert a toothpick and it comes out dry

 It comes out perfect! Let it cool down for 20 minutes before everyone attacks.
 I really like to enjoy my granola bread with honey right after my workout, it is also delicious with a spoon full of natural Greek yogurt.
So before throwing away your ripe bananas, think of Granola Bread!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cucumber Delight

Late night snack? Sometimes we just don't know what to make when is kind of late, we are tired and don't feel like preparing anything messy. This is how I feel sometimes when I just want a bite to eat and it has to be healthy and light at the same time. What our imagination can do in just minutes when using simplicity is just limitless. Try slicing a cold cucumber very thinly,  

                   Then spread light cream cheese on two slices of a whole wheat bread
                                             Little salt and pepper
             Squeeze a little bit of lemon or lime juice and drizzle some olive oil.
             And you will have a late night healthy light snack good for you too!
                                                         Enjoy it!

    The link below shows us the benefits of cucumber, re-hydration is one them. Check it out.
         http://www.naturalnews.com/036769_cucumbers_health_benefits_rehydration.html

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Healthy Breakfast

This is one of my favorite breakfast. Delicious, healthy, light and can be prepared in minutes, will keep you full for hours. Not only that but each ingredient has important healthy benefits such as:

*2 slices of whole wheat bread (Good source of fiber and magnesium)
*1 sliced in big pieces good size of Porto Bella mushroom (has fiber, proteins, low calorie low sodium)
*2 cups of spinach leaves (Iron, fiber, vitamins K, vitamin A)
*1 cup halved cherry tomatoes (antioxidant lycopene, vitamins C, B6 and A)
*1 cup of parsley leaves (vitamins C, A, K powerful antioxidants)
*1 cup cut in cubes Zucchini ( B complex, zinc)
*Eggs (proteins, calcium, vitamin E)
* 2 tbsp natural Yogurt (Vitamin D which protects your bones, rich in protein, calcium)
*1 tsp Cayenne pepper (culinary and therapeutic purposes for centuries. it contains capsaicin which fights cancer cells also contains beta carotene, vitamins A,E,C and B complexes)
*1 tsp dried basil (contains vitamins A, K, C and omega 3)
1 tsp of Paprika (extremely high in vitamin C)
*1 small clove of garlic finely chopped  (garlic is powerful, reduces cholesterol, antibiotic, antioxidant)

 I first saute zucchinis and the portobello mushroom on a skillet with just a tbsp of olive oil

Then I add the cherry tomatoes and saute for about one minute or so.

I add spinach last for another minute for it cooks faster then the rest of the ingredients and season with Kosher salt, pepper, dried basil, paprika and cayenne pepper. Break two eggs and carefully place them over the mix, cover for couple minutes on low heat.

 Serve eggs and veggies over two slices of whole wheat bread and finish with a spoon of yogurt on each, drizzle with a good extra virgin olive oil, more parsley leaves and enjoy this ultimate healthy-in-a-hurry breakfast.
                                                            Yummm!