Take your childhood favorite banana pudding up a notch with rich and creamy coconut milk, nourishing chia seeds and a probiotic kick! Healthy enough to eat for breakfast and delicious enough to enjoy for dessert, this banana pudding is packed with fiber, is rich in potassium and is super-easy to make ahead of time for a grab-and-go meal or snack on a busy day.
When training for an upcoming half-marathon, I make sure to fuel my workouts beforehand and eat properly afterward to help my muscles recover. Lately my go-to snacks have been a piece of cinnamon toast and half a banana before I head out for a run, and a chocolate milk, scrambled eggs and fruit (and sometimes another piece of cinnamon toast) when I return. I was curious what other sports nutrition experts were grabbing before and after they exercise. Here’s what I found out! Read more
One sure way to avoid the highly processed add-ins found in many protein bars is to turn out a batch using your own ingredients and a boost of protein powder. A word on that front: You’ll want a protein powder low in added and artificial sweeteners. Whey, which is dairy-based, is one good option, but there are multiple types of powders on the market (some decent, some less than — so it’s wise to take a close look at ingredients).
Banana Chocolate-Chip Protein Bars
Makes 12 bars
There’s been quite a buzz over this frozen treat, so we tried our hand at the one-ingredient wonder – homemade banana “ice cream.”
Banana muffins and banana bread are classic go-to recipes for over-ripe bananas, but there are some cooler options. When you’ve got more bananas than you know what to do with, slice them into large pieces and place in freezer-safe bag in the freezer for at least 4 hours (overnight is better). These frozen fruit chunks make creamy and frothy smoothies and a surprisingly similar dairy-free alternative to ice cream.
One medium banana totals about 105 calories, 27 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein. You’ll also get healthy doses of vitamins C and B6 and potassium. Bananas are also free of fat and cholesterol.
My family is always in a rush, so I like to whip up smoothies for a quick on-the-go snack or meal. To satisfy my chocolate cravings (and hunger), I make this recipe with five simple ingredients I always have on hand.
Eat your way to a more relaxed state — and no, we don’t mean pigging out on high-calorie junk food. While there isn’t a cure-all food to magically erase frustration, you can get some stress relief with a combo of exercising, eating small meals throughout the day and getting more of these 10 fresh goodies.
These days, who’s not watching their wallets along with their waistlines? After some number crunching, we came up with top foods that give you maximum nutrition for your food buck.
I love digging into fluffy pancakes. In fact, banana-chocolate chip is the house favorite. But let’s face it — topping your pancakes with gobs of syrup and butter is not the healthiest way to start your day. Do a little swapping in your recipe, and you can lighten up your pancakes in no time.
The jarred stuff was handy on occasion, but I made all 3 of my kids homemade baby food until they transitioned to table food. Doing this saved me money (those 50-cent jars add up!) and put my mind at ease because I knew exactly what they were eating. If you’re curious to try, here are some tips and starter recipes.
Okay, okay, it’s a cheesy title, but it’s the truth. In my house, bananas are a go-to snack of choice. My 4-year-old daughter, Ellena, always asks for one after ballet class — and, of course, my 2 year old cries for one, too. Beyond snacks, they’re a healthy addition to smoothies, fruit salad and simple banana bread.