GG’s Power Protein Shake = A+
I make this at least three mornings a week. It’s my favorite Saturday breakfast right before going to the gym for a nice long weekend workout. It tastes much more sinful than it is. It only takes a couple of minutes from start to clean up too. I’ve also varied this with frozen strawberries and a scoop of strawberry whey protein for a different treat. Go ahead ~ put that blender to use.
GG’s Power Protein Shake
1 frozen banana
1/3 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup water
1 scoop vanilla, cookies n cream, or graham cracker flavored whey protein powder
1 tbs oat bran
1 tbs flaxseeds and 1 tbs chia seeds
1.5 tbs wheat germ
2 tbs natural applesauce
**When I really feel like getting my greens, I add a handful of baby spinach and/or mustard greens. It mixes well and tastes surprisingly good with the banana!!!
A small scoopful of ice
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Breakfast in a blender!
New ‘Nana Bread = A+
What’s a (grading) girl like myself to do when I come home from a great workout with papers ready to grade, new blog pages ready to fill, and a sweet tooth that won’t subside. Well, I found a solution this evening that won’t waste those hours at the gym. I’ve been searching for a healthier banana bread recipe in fitness and nutrition magazines, but never discovered one quite as delicious as the original; the alternatives are either too dry or bland. Thankfully, my sister-in-law solved this dilemna with her latest kitchen experiment – it takes the grade, peeps! Moist and sinfully sweet as dessert yet happily healthy as whole grain. Mmmm . . . this aroma makes the words fly out of my fingertips. . . Try this – no guilt required.
New (Ba)Nana Bread ~
Sift the dry ingredients:
– 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (original = 2 cups all purpose flour)
– 2 teaspoons baking soda
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 3 or 4 ripe bananas
– 1 tablespoon milk
– 1/2 cup blackberries (this addition is key!)
Mix the following in this order:
– 1/2 stick melted butter (original = 1 stick)
– 1/2 cup Truvia or Splenda blend (original = 1 cup sugar)
– 1 egg, 2 egg whites (original = 2 eggs)
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
Add the dry ingredients and the mashed banana mixture alternatively to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
Bake in a sprayed loaf pan @ 350 degrees for 1 hour, 10 minutes.