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Make Your Own Banana-Chocolate Protein Bar

by in Healthy Recipes, July 25, 2014

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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

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One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, August 19, 2011
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One-ingredient banana "ice cream" and assorted toppings.

There’s been quite a buzz over this frozen treat, so we tried our hand at the one-ingredient wonder – homemade banana “ice cream.”

Go Bananas
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.

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5 Ingredients: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Smoothie

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, Healthy Recipes, May 19, 2010
Toby's Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
Toby's Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

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.

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Top 10 Foods for Stress Relief

by in Healthy Tips, April 15, 2010

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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.

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Budget-Friendly Foods: Top 5 Healthy Picks

by in Healthy Tips, March 1, 2010

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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.

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Pancakes, Lightened Up

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, September 28, 2009

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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.

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Make Your Own Baby Food

by in Healthy Tips, July 22, 2009

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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.

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We're Bananas for Bananas

by in Healthy Tips, June 9, 2009

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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.

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10 Healthy Foods Under $3

by in Healthy Tips, May 12, 2009


It’s a common myth that healthy foods come with a high price tag. Here are 10 foods overflowing with nutrients that won’t bust your grocery budge. Stock up on your next market run!

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Spotlight Recipe: Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops

by in Healthy Recipes, February 14, 2009

Recruit the kids to help make this Valentine’s Day treat. These frozen fruit pops feature firm ripe bananas, dipped in dark chocolate and drizzled with peanuts. Peanuts, chocolate and bananas? I don’t know about you, but that would win my heart any day!

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