Love love love those babies! They can be used in so many different ways and can make so many great meals, from sweet to savory! And on top of that, this weeks BSI by Lara is Bananas! What are your favorite ways to eat bananas? I’m a sucker for them in cereal, w/ pb or as bananas foster…omg amazing.
So how did I have bananas today? In two ways:
One, to finish off my chobs this morning, and with some kashi go lean cereal and bear fit naked granola:
I spent the morning out on the lake helping one of the other projects with their snail traps. It was pretty cool because I got to see lots of snails, fish, sirens, and turtles! The only thing I have to complain about was the hydrilla…this plant gives you the worst rash ever when you touch too much of it…and since I was wading around in MOUNDS of it…you can guess what I’m covered in: LITTLE RED BUMPS. We actually call it hydrilla herpes…hahaha…
We got off the lake around 11.30 and as soon as we got to the car I dove into my lunch! I ate the apple and carrots first, then dove into my super super pb filled sandwich…I finally hit the bottom of the jar and finished it…love ALL NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER!!!
I actually didn’t eat the piece of blackberry bread that was in there and saved it for my snack later on, that I paired up w/ some very ripe cantaloupe and strawberries! Everything tasted great! Nice and juicy and fresh!
I spent the afternoon baking up a new bread and went for a nice 3 mile walk with Brad to get some exercise in, as I’m trying to let my leg heal. Oh, but I think I figured out one of many reasons why it has started to hurt again: NO ARCH SUPPORT. As far up as my quad is from my feet, my feet have a huge effect on many other parts of my body. I know that when I don’t have support for my high arches that not only will my quads hurt but so will my calves, and to an even greater extent. So since I basically live in my zoris (Japanese for flip flops) I wore my running shoes on the nice sandy road we walked along. And of course, I was very much enjoying all the lightening and thunder in the distance!
I really wanted to have pizza for dinner but the kitchen had already been taken over by my coworkers so I had to resort to the limited use of the toaster oven. I decided to settle on an open faced wrap with this pesto I’ve been dying to use:
The flavor was great and super strong with the basil and sun-dried tomatoes, but it was a tad bit salty. I think I might try diluting it with a bit of regular tomato pieces/sauce/mash. Think that would help/work?
I had it along side about a 1/3 of a cucumber and a mango.
Look at the cheesy-pesto goodness!
My mango wasn’t quite ripe enough though.
But the best part of the day: more banana! Use/way to eat number two: Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. I took a pretty staple recipe and totally tweaked it to make it a bit more healthy. I used what I had on hand and made the best of what I could think to make it a bit better.
- 1C all purpose flour
- 1C whole wheat flour
- 1/3C cocoa powder
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- sprinkle/dash of cinnamon
- 1/3C packed brown sugar
- 2 egg whites
- 1/4C unsweetened apple sauce
- 1C unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
- 2 bananas, one smashed and one diced
- 1/2C semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Set oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a loaf pan.
- Mix together brown sugar, egg whites, apple sauce, almond breeze and smashed banana in one bowl, then mix in all dry ingredients (both flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon).
- Make sure not to over mix and add in the diced banana and chocolate chips. Mix until combined.
- Spread evenly into the bread pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, checking at 60.
- Presto! Wonderfully chunky chocolaty banana bread!!!
Have a great Friday night everyone!!!