Posts Tagged ‘banana’

9:50 am - Posted by Gregg

Nutrition guru Joy Bauer has always been someone who inspires me. And lucky for us Just Stoppers, she’s allowed me to feature one of the delicious recipes from her new best selling book, From Junk Food to Joy Food, here. This Frozen Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups recipe takes all the guilt out of a decadent treat and is a blast to make. And the best part? We don’t have to “go off” of our diets or healthy eating plans to make and enjoy it. Joy also uses all natural ingredients in the recipe, which is always a big plus.

From Junk Food to Joy Food is loaded with these kinds of recipe makeovers — the kind that take everyday favorites (usually loaded with calories, salt, etc.) and swaps them out for brand new, healthier versions of the recipes (each of which guarantees the same amount of flavor and satisfaction — but without the food hangover). And no, this is not a paid endorsement. Although I’d happily bribe Joy for being gracious enough to let me share this recipe.

For more information on From Junk Food to Joy Food, click here. And for more recipes and tips from Joy herself, you can click to her website. In the meantime, if you try the recipe below, please be sure to invite me over!

Junk Food version (before): 290 calories
Joy Food version (after): 165 calories

1 ripe banana
¼ cup creamy nut or seed butter (peanut, almond, sunflower seed, etc.)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup dark chocolate chips, or 3-ounce dark chocolate bar
¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

In a small bowl, mix together the banana, nut butter, and vanilla. Mash everything together well and set aside.

Place 6 liners in a muffin tin and spray the liners liberally with nonstick oil spray. Silicone muffin liners work best, as it’s easier to remove the chocolate when it’s time to eat. Set the muffin tin aside.

In a saucepan, melt the chocolate and almond milk on medium heat, stirring constantly.

Once the chocolate is smooth, add a generous tablespoon of the mixture to the bottom of each muffin liner. Then stick the muffin tin in the freezer to firm up the chocolate (about 10 minutes).

Once the chocolate is firm, distribute the banana filling evenly among the muffin cups and spread the filling out with your fingers. Then split the remaining chocolate among the cups, using your fingers to spread each layer evenly.

Place the tin back in the freezer for at least 4 hours (overnight works best).

When you’re ready to eat, pop each cup out of its liner and serve immediately!

(Makes 6 servings.)

Photo Source: Joy Bauer 

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November 6, 2013

Rockstar Dieting Tip #6

10:26 am - Posted by Gregg

Food substitutions have long been a staple of any kind of dieting plan. But all too often it’s the wrong (and less healthy) kind of substituting (like trading out all-natural sugar for artificial sweeteners). That’s where this Rockstar Dieting Tip is different.

Rockstar Dieting Tip #6 — Use Fresh Fruit to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!
Craving a bowl of ice cream? Instead, cut fresh melon or watermelon into chunks, add a few whole grapes, put into a bowl and place the bowl in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. After 15 minutes, you have a delicious “frozen-like” snack that won’t add any bulk to your thighs.

I know this trade-out might seem simple and perhaps even one you’ve heard of before. But trust me when I say that the preparation is key. This isn’t about just grabbing an apple or a banana. It’s about thinking ahead, buying fresh melon and grapes, cutting and preparing them and then taking a little time to lightly freeze it all. Taking these steps will ensure a treat-worthy experience that can truly rival the thrill your favorite bowl of ice cream brings you.

Of course, you can trade out other fresh fruits and/or mix in a few favorites along with the melon and grapes (depending on what’s fresh and what’s in season). And yes, some of you will have to adjust your taste buds (especially if the ice cream you’ve been enjoying contains a number of artificial ingredients). But trust me when I tell you that this tip really does work wonders — both for your taste buds as well as your thighs.

Treat. Eat. Sweet.

For my helpful tips on choosing and preparing watermelon, click here.

For a list of what fruits are freshest during which months of the year, click here.

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9:00 am - Posted by Gregg

Who can resist the wholesome goodness of fresh-cut watermelon? Here’s a new way to enjoy this summer treat – without the “cheat.”

1 Frozen Banana (cut into chunks)
2 cups Watermelon Chunks (seeded)
1 cup Ice Cubes (cracked or slightly crushed)
1/2 cup of fresh Orange Juice

Combine all ingredients in a blender, then blend until smooth (approximately 20-60 seconds). Serve immediately in chilled glasses. Add a small slice of watermelon or a Strawberry as a garnish – and don’t forget the straw! (Serves 2)

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