Sunday, October 10, 2010

Low Calorie Banana Blueberry Bread

I made this banana blueberry bread today- WOW! It was wonderful! Low calorie and low fat, you can eat 2 or 3 pieces and not feel one bit guilty!

1/4 Cup Sugar
2 TBS Butter (softened)
1 Large egg
1/4 cup applesauce
3 ripe bananas
Blend above ingredients

Then Mix together in separate bowl:

3/4 Cup all purpose flour
1/2 Cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Blend dry ingredients to wet ingredients 1/2 cup at a time and add 1 cup fresh blueberries. (Any berries or fresh fruit would due, depending on the season)

Grease Bread Pan

Bake for 50 minutes at 350

10 Servings per loaf
100 Calories per serving
Calories from Fat 23, 2.5 grams total fat, 14mg cholesterol, Fiber 1gram

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Genetically Modified Salmon

Just those words are enough to turn me off, but after reading Dr. Andrew Weil's blog about the topic, I thought it appropriate to discuss. These fish have been genetically engineered to eat less and grow faster. They are grown in ocean pens, and require less food to reach desired weight, which can dramatically compromise the nutritional value of the fish. Often the fish will escape the ocean pens and spread disease and parasites to the wild salmon.

Not only are these fish nutritionally compromised, but they could pose an additional threat to the environment with the waste-disposal and water-use problems. If the FDA approves the genetically modified salmon it could be as little as 2 to 3 years before they hit the grocery stores.

Is this the kind of food we want to feed our kids? I am leaning towards no...thoughts?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fry this!

Sweet potatoes are amazing. I really don't like them candied at Thanksgiving, so it wasn't until a few years ago that I became a fan. Pangaea Cafe' and Pub serves grilled mixed (sweet and russet) potatoes as a side in the winter and this is how I got hooked.

Tonight we cooked burgers, and like every other American, I love French Fries with my burger. The greasier and saltier the better! But, since I am trying to eat healthier and turn my family onto a more nutritious diet, I opted for a lower calorie, better for you, twist of the fry.

I peeled and cut a garnet yam into french fries, placed them on a lightly oiled baking sheet, rolled them around so they got a nice light coating. Seasoned them with salt and pepper. I preheated the oven to 350 and baked for about 40 minutes, turning every 5-10 minutes until crispy. Mmmm.

Here are some sweet potato facts:

As an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and a very good source of vitamin C, sweet potatoes have healing properties as an antioxidant food. Both beta-carotene and vitamin C are very powerful antioxidants that work in the body to eliminate free radicals. Free radicals are chemicals that damage cells and cell membranes and are associated with the development of conditions like atherosclerosis, diabetic heart disease, and colon cancer. This may explain why beta-carotene and vitamin C have both been shown to be helpful for preventing these conditions.

Since these nutrients are also anti-inflammatory, they can be helpful in reducing the severity of conditions where inflammation plays a role, such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday...what can I say?

Jeff cooked tonight. Grilled salmon with a saffron cream sauce, steamed cauliflower and carrot, served over angel hair pasta. Sooo good.