Hey everyone! I hope your Tuesday is treating you well!
First of all, I’m sorry to say, the workout makeover post will be postponed. It’s taking me longer than I anticipated, with everything else going on and the pilot being away. But it’ll be a ginormous post, since I plan to include my workout cycle, new playlist, and some nutrition of course!
This morning I started with a long lost love. Oatmeal! I used to eat oatmeal all the time, but then I just got…dare I say…sick of it. My tastebuds longed for something other than that mushy consistency. And I gave in. But now it’s back! This is the kind I had.
Yes, it’s true that the slow cooking oats are better for you, partially because of the added sugar in many instant oatmeals, but this one only has 9 grams. Hardly worth the extra half hour it takes to cook those slow cookers. Plus, this one has almonds for more heart healthy benefits. They also broke up the mushiness and added a little crunchy variety, which is perfect for me since I get bored with blandness. So I popped this baby into the microwave, and 90 seconds later….steaming perfection. I paired it with a bowl of fruit and a glass of skim milk for a breakfast o’ champions!
For lunch, I went by Atlanta Bread when I found an old gift card from my sister that I thought I had used up. To my delightful surprise, it wasn’t empty! So I got me a yummy Asian chicken salad.
Sweet mother of tastiness!
On my way home from work, I stopped by Publix for some ingredients to make…well…pure deliciousness.
I’ve been searching for the perfect banana bread recipe and I finally found it! It came from here. The only thing I did differently was added walnuts (about 1 1/2 cups) to make it Banana Nut Bread. (I also added an extra 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.) Walnuts add nutrients like vitamin E, zinc, and monounsaturated fats. They also help give that crunchy surprise! I am new to using agave nectar as a sweetener, but after my initiation…I must say I’m hooked!
Sorry, I forgot to grab the walnuts to put in the picture. And in the bowl are 2 egg whites.
The finished product:
It tastes perfect! You know that boxed banana bread you can buy/make? Well I can honestly say that I couldn’t tell the difference. And that’s coming from the person who used to have THE sweet tooth of the century. Within 10 minutes of baking, I could smell the bananas! It’s delicious!
Answer to Yesterday’s Nutrition Question: As bile is released for the digestion of a meal, it is typically reabsorbed by way of enterohepatic circulation. Fiber can alter this event by binding both bile and salts, as well as cholesterol, causing these 3 to be excreted with the fiber. So the liver then has to make more bile which requires cholesterol. The liver will get that cholesterol from the blood, therefore lowering blood cholesterol.
And now there’s a bunch of homework with my name written all over it! Goodnight!