Banana Splits for Breakfast

Hey ya’ll! Hope everyone has had a pretty great week. I have almost survived summer school. Only two weeks left. I’m pretty excited. For today, I argued with myself over what I should share with ya’ll, and finally decided to give you another breakfast recipe. I love breakfast, okay. Yes, I had banana split for breakfast, but not the kind you are thinking of. I’m really on a pancake kick right now, so I decided to make banana split pancakes. Best breakfast choice ever.

I know, what a beauty. I feel so decadent in the morning when I eat something like this. I just love that this is on Your Healing Diet too. You can’t go wrong with whole grains, almond milk, and some fruit. Lets get to the recipe, so ya’ll can enjoy this for breakfast too.

Banana Split Pancakes
1/2 c. Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 c. Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 tbsp egg substitutes
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 packet stevia
1 packet of 20 calorie hot cocoa
1 packet of strawberry shortcake icing flavor
1 banana
some chocolate chips

1. Mix all dry ingredients (except cocoa and strawberry flavoring) in a large bowl
2. Add in all the wet ingredients and mix well.
3. Then separate 1/3 c. portions into separate bowls.
4. In one bowl add the cocoa powder, in the second bowl at the strawberry flavoring, and in the second bowl add half a banana that has been smashed.
5. Place each serving on pre-heated pan and wait for bubbles to appear in top of batter.
6. Flip over and cook until done.
7. Place banana pancake on bottom and then cover with remaining banana slices.
8. Next place on the strawberry pancake and top with strawberry slices.
9. Then place the chocolate pancake on top and place chocolate chips on top.

If you want you can top it with a cherry or chocolate sauce or whip cream. In my opinion, it should be all three. Those items, well minus the cherry, really aren’t on the diet plan. It doesn’t matter that much though because it is such a small amount that it will not really effect my healing process. I definitely recommend that you go out and make these right now.

Not only do these pancakes taste crazmazing (yes, I just made up a word that combines crazy and amazing – I’m lame, so I’ll stop), but these also have some great health benefits. From my previous post on pancakes, we already know the benefits of bananas and whole wheat, so I’ll focus on strawberries and chocolate (yes, that is right, chocolate is good for you):

Strawberries: They provide anti-inflammatory (good for arthritis) and antioxidant properties, they help aid in cardiovascular health, they contain some anti-cancer benefits, aid with blood sugar levels, and have showed in recent studies to help with certain age related diseases.

Chocolate: Chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, decreases the risk of stroke, it increases insulin sensitivity thus reducing the risk of diabetes, and it protects your skin from UV damage.

I hope everyone has a great night! It is finally Friday tomorrow. Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday….with my textbooks since I have an accounting exam and an agriculture exam on Monday. Three points for summer school making my life awful! Hopefully everyone else will have an awesome weekend though and I can live vicariously through them!

Do you enjoy banana splits?
What is your favorite part of a banana split?

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WIAW on Your Healing Diet

Hey ya’ll! One of my favorite parts of being a part of the healthy living community is the greatest day of the week: What I ate Wednesday. Thank you to the lovely Jenn for hosting such a fun day where everyone shares what they have been eating. I especially love the recent themes of sensible snacking because what can I say, but I love to snack. My brothers call me snacky or snack monster. It is all out of love or at least I hope it is. Anyways lets get to the fun of what I ate while following Your Healing Diet!

Thank god on Your Healing Diet you can consume whole grains because I might die if I was not able to get my weekly bowl of oats (more like 3 times a week oats). For this week I had a typical creative Lindsay bowl of oats that was super delicious. They are Apple Pie Cheesecake Oats. The recipe will definitely be coming soon to an audience near year, but everything in the bowl fit in with the diet since it was just oats, almond milk, water, cooked apples with cinnamon, and some other delicious things. Oatmeal is definitely something great to eat if you need to be full for a long period of time because the fiber in it provides that satiety to keep you going.

Here is my snacking. Since I have class from 8 am to 2 pm every single day of the week, I have to pack a bunch of snacks to eat throughout the day. The taffy isn’t on Your Healing Diet, but I thought I deserved a little treat of an apple and cinnamon flavored candy. My other snacks are a granny smith apple, a pear, a bag of cherry tomatoes, a bag of cherries and blueberries, and a chocolate covered cherry granola bar. The granola bar is a little processed, not on the plan, but it has a lot of fiber and I think kashi is one of the better options out there if you are going to consume any processed foods.

This is my favorite sandwich ever. I love making peanut butter and jellys with fruit in the middle. I used 100% whole wheat bread, PB2, bananas, strawberries, and an organic all natural raspberry jam from central market. Totally on the plan and totally delicious. I eat this as a snack sometimes, but I also have it as a lunch like I did this day. I served it with carrots and celery, which are not in the picture. I guess I like to eat rabbit food.

To be honest, this is not really on any plan. Whatsoever. Do I care? Not really since I was given a box of truffles by a really nice guy. They are lava cake truffles and they are mind-blowing. Seriously. Go out and get one. Godiva offers a free membership, where they give you a card and you can go each month and get a free truffle. Umm helloooo. Best deal. My mom and I go every month together. It is one of our fun mother daughter traditions.

How can you say no to that? When you bite into the decadent chocolate truffle there is a thick creamy chocolate and a liquidy chocolate that oozes out into your mouth when you bite into it. The truffle is also dusted in light powdered sugar. I only eat one every few days, and I justify it on Your Healing Diet by saying that chocolate is good for you. Ha ha ha.

For dinner, I’ve been enjoying a nice tofu stir-fry. This is definitely on Your Healing Diet. Since it is a mainly plant-based diet, if you want something that is meat like then tofu is your way to go. I personally love tofu, so following this plant based diet is not a problem. I just chop up my tofu into small squares, throw it in the pan, dump in the broccoli, and add some type of sauce to mix it up in. I usually serve it over a bed of brown rice or I just eat it all by itself.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Wednesday and What I ate Wednesday. If you want to go drool over food, I would definitely head over to Peas and Crayons for the weekly food event.

What have you been snacking on lately?
What is your favorite flavor of truffle?

The Art of Asian Brunch

Hey ya’ll! We are almost half way through the week, hurrah! I thought for today I would talk about another type of place that you can go out to eat at when you adopt Your Healing Diet. As we can tell from my sushi post, I love Asian food. Not only is it tasty, but is it also very healthy for you if you know how to manage your way through a menu. No wonder most Asians are very thin! One of my favorite Asian meals is Chinese Dim Sum. In my mind, I like to think of it as an Asian brunch. Brunch and Asian food: two of my favorite things. My favorite place to go in Austin is Chinatown, so one Saturday my brother, dad, and I decided to treat ourselves.

I love the decor and atmosphere of Chinatown because it is not kitschy. Instead it has a modern and sleek style with a few classic Chinese symbols around the restaurant. Anyways, dim sum does not start until 11 and I recommend making reservations because this place gets extremely crowded real quick. The way Dim Sum works is that the waiters come around with carts filled with delicious food, you pick what you want of the cart, and the waiter will mark it on your sheet. The prices are based on the size of the dish, so there is small, medium, large, extra large, and specialty.

We started out the meal with many dishes, but one of my favorite is the shrimp toasts. While this item does not exactly fit the Your Healing Diet, I believe that you cannot completely restrict yourself especially when you are first switching to a mainly plant based diet. I personally love seafood, so I will never be able to give that up. Anyways, the shrimp toast was perfect crisp and not soggy like it is at other dim sum locations.

The pot stickers at Chinatown are seriously amazing. They pan fry them right in front of you in a dumpling cart. It feels like you are eating legitimate food from the streets of Beijing, but you are really just sitting in a comfy chair in a restaurant. The outsides of the dumplings are perfect mix of crispiness from being pan-fried and the softness from the dumpling wrapper, and the vegetables inside are a nice blend that provides a good crunch when you bite into the dumplings. The dumpling cart is one of my brother’s favorite things at Dim Sum.

One of my dad’s favorite dishes is the salt and pepper shrimp. It is lightly battered and gives a nice spicy taste when you bite into it. The batter provides a crunch as you bite it, but then the warm juices of the shrimp burst into your mouth when you start chewing on it. I’m not going to lie, but this is definitely one of their best dishes. Not to mention that all of their shrimp dishes are extremely delicious. You can eat battered items like this in moderation. We split this between three people, so each person got about two shrimps. That will definitely not put any significant dent in your caloric budget or your healthy lifestyle.

We enjoyed tons of goodies at Dim Sum, and I left a happy camper. The best part was that I wasn’t extremely full because what we ate was very low calorie and pretty healthy for you. I recommend that everyone goes out to get some Dim Sum immediately, and if you are going to Healthy Living Summit and I happen to be there then let me take you to get some since I used to live in Boston for a while! I know my good eats there.

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my review of Chinatown in Austin. If you are ever in the neighborhood you should go. It is in north Austin, but totally worth the trip (although I live close by, so it isn’t a problem for me).

Before I go I have to share the most perfect dish ever: Avocado stuffed with crab and shrimp. Hello perfection, I do love you. It is creamy and warm. The flavors of the dish explode in your mouth and come together in a great combination.

Have you ever had Dim Sum before?
What is your favorite Dim Sum dish?

Breakfasts Are For Champions

Hey ya’ll! Hope everyone is having a fantastic Monday. I had an accounting exam today. Gross, I know. Anyways since Your Healing Diet is based on a mainly plant based diet that means you can consume a lot of whole grains since you are not consuming all the calories from protein. To me this means AWESOME breakfasts. As most of you know from Surviving Candyland that I love eating breakfast, especially whole grains like oatmeal, so this is one of my favorite parts of following the diet. Also in general it is advised to eat breakfast daily because it helps boost your metabolism in the morning to help you lose weight!

So, what did I eat for breakfast on Your Healing Diet? You are going to be shocked because it isn’t a bowl of oatmeal. I made PANCAKES. Not just regular pancakes either, but Elvis pancakes.

When something is described as Elvis it means that it has chocolate, peanut butter, and banana. I made chocolate peanut butter pancakes with bananas and chocolate chips topped with a drizzle of peanut butter and bananas.This is definitely one of my favorite combinations because the natural sweetness in the bananas gives a nice balance to the saltiness of the peanut butter. Plus chocolate chips in anything is pretty great in my opinion.

Elvis Pancakes:
1/2 c. Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 c + 1-2 tbsp of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/8 tsp. Salt
3 tbsp egg whites or egg substitutes
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 packet of stevia
2 tbsp. Chocolate PB2
Handful of gluten free, dairy free chocolate chips
Half of sliced banana

Toppings:
Other Half of Sliced Banana
2 tbsp PB2 + water (enough to make it runny)

1. Mix all of the dry ingredients in one bowl.
2. Add in all of the wet ingredients + chocolate chips + slices of banana.
3. Mix well together.
4. Using a 1/3 measuring cup, portion out batter onto frying pan (usually makes about 3-4 medium pancakes).
5. Flip over when upper side has showed bubbles in the batter and the bottom is lightly browned.
6. Cook until done.
7. Layer the pancakes on the plate with one on bottom, then slices of banana, then another pancake, etc until you are at the top drizzle the PB2 sauce over it.

These pancakes definitely made waking up at 7:30 am on a Saturday so much better. Not only are they delicious, but it pretty much follows a healing diet. Even the peanut butter is on the plan because the only ingredient is peanuts that have been crushed. I love one ingredient lists on food labels! The only thing that isn’t on the plan is the egg whites, but it is such a small amount that it should not effect my diet that much. I love that Your Healing Diet is more of a lifestyle rather than a strict diet plan. I love that I get to enjoy healthy delicious food while attempting to heal my body.

Yes, I cleared my plate. That is how good these are. Filled with tons of flavor and beneficial ingredients:

Bananas: Not only do bananas provide a large amount of Potassium in the diet, but they also offer a substantial amount of energy. provide bowel health, and help reduce the acidity in the stomach that may have been created by other foods.

Peanuts: Peanuts are great for hearth health, provide a source of antioxidants, and help reduce the risk of stroke.

Whole Wheat: Helps reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, lower type 2 diabetes, lessens chronic inflammation, and assists with bowel health.

I hope you all have a lovely rest of the day!

What is your favorite flavor of pancakes?
Have you ever had anything elvis flavored?

Sushi’s Healing Powers

Hey ya’ll! In Your Healing Diet Austin, by Deirdre Earls, there is an entire section on places to eat out at in Austin while following a Healing Diet. While most of the restaurants are in Austin, you can apply the genres of food to anywhere in the US or world. For instance, the book names a couple of sushi restaurants in Austin, like Uchi and Uchiko (definitely going to review this yummy place later on), but the book then states that all Japanese restaurants can meet the dietary rules of a Healing Diet.

Since it was a Saturday (my day to eat out), I decided to go find some sushi to enjoy on this new plan of mine. We just got a new sushi place, How Do You Roll, in San Marcos. I’ve been to the Austin location and I love it, so I was really excited when I found out the news. The basic concept of the restaurant is that you can create your own sushi rolls instead of having to pick from a long list of rolls containing a few items that you may not want to eat. Pretty much I’m in love with anything that can be made customizable!

This is the where you create your roll. First you start off with picking what type of wrapping you want, which is either soy or seaweed. I think that this is very considerate because some people do not eat sushi just because they don’t like the taste of seaweed. In my opinion I don’t think you even taste it, but whatever floats people’s boat. Next you get to choose what rice, which your options are brown or white. I love that they offer brown rice because it is a healthier choice and a whole grain that is needed in a balanced diet. After they place the rice on the roll, you then get to choose your veggies, fruit, and protein. The only thing I wish they offered was tofu for the vegetarians and vegans out there. You can still get an all veggie/fruit roll, but I think it would be nice to have some tofu in the roll. Finally they roll it up in front of you, slice it into 10 pieces (yes 10 whole pieces), and then you can add sauces and toppings onto the roll.

I ended up getting my rolls to go. My first roll was an all fruit roll, which I thought was extremely delicious. I used a seaweed wrap, brown rice, mango, strawberries, mandarin oranges, and it was topped with a strawberry sauce from mashed up strawberries. I personally love vegetarian rolls because they have a more fresh and natural taste to them than the ones with chopped up meat.

While the Healing Diet says to follow a mostly plant based diet, I decided to add some spicy tuna to my second roll. It is such a small amount though that it doesn’t even count as a normal portion of protein. The rest of my roll was a seaweed wrap, brown rice, avocado, strawberries, and mandarin orange. I know, more fruit, what can I say? I love the taste of fruit in a roll. I topped my roll with sesame seeds and enjoyed dipping it into a small amount of gluten free soy sauce (that was from my apartment).

It was an awesome dinner that was extremely affordable. I got 20 pieces of sushi for $11.45. Definitely winning right there. Another great thing about How Do You Roll is that the staff is extremely friendly and willing to help you with your dietary concerns. If you go to the Austin location, they offer punch cards and when you eventually get 9 rolls you get the 10th roll free. Best deal ever.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Sunday and Fathers Day!

What would you put in your sushi roll?
Do you like the idea of customizable and healthy food?

CC Reads: Your Healing Diet

Hey ya’ll! So a new thing that I am going to bring to my blog is CC Reads, and I will be sharing a good book that I have read with all of ya’ll. Mostly the books will be nutrition related, but sometimes I am going to throw in an addicting novel or two that I have recently enjoyed. What can I say? I’m sort of nerdy, and LOVE to read.

The first book up on the list is Your Healing Diet, by Deirdre Earls. This is not self-promotion at all, Deirdre is actually the amazing RD that I am interning for. She has written an amazing book that reveals a diet that will help the body heal itself. One of my favorite things about Deirdre is that she also has suffered from the same disease that I do, and she has used her education and knowledge to create a diet to help reverse her disease.

This is the general book that is available to the public, but I bought the specific Austin version. The book also has a Dallas version available. The book starts out talking about how food can benefit diseases and the experiment that Deirdre went to through to heal her own condition. One reason this book is so great is that Deirdre actually had these experiences herself, so you know the legitimacy and validity of her diet plan. One of my other favorite parts is that there are multiple sections on grocery lists, traveling tips, and eating in Austin restaurants. I love to eat out, especially in Austin, so this is extremely beneficial to Austinites.The last good part of this book is that Deirdre makes her diet accessible to everyone. She makes it user-friendly and it is actually something practical that people can follow in their every day lives.

A big part of my blog is going to be utilizing this book in order to test out the diet on my disease of Psoriatic Arthritis. I will be sharing meal plans, recipes, reviews of the restaurants that are listed in the book, and then at the end of the summer I will have my results. I believe that it takes a good two to three months in order to achieve the best results possible.

I can’t wait to share my experiences with ya’ll, and I really hope some of you look into this book especially if you are suffering from auto-immune diseases and various other health problems. I believe that food can definitely be used as an alternative medicine in life.

Have ya’ll read any good nutrition books lately?
What is your opinion on the subject of food as medicine?