Category: Supplements


Wednesday, April 10th, 2013:

Hello Peeps!!!

Today’s foodie is a banana bread wanna-be. It is not calorie light, but it is flour free!!! Not only is it flour free, but its full of good stuff! I have made banana bread for the family I work for, many times. Every single time I want just a little slice, but can’t. The other day I was looking for recipes for bread without flour because I was going to make a stock of soup for my planned meals. I did find a recipe for one, but on top of that I also found a recipe for banana bread!

I was very optimistic about this recipe. I am no longer that pessimist that looks at at recipe and thinks “well it has no butter, no flour, no yolks, it just can’t be good”. I have become pretty open-minded about healthy recipes. So I was very excited to create this one.

 

Now the only change I made to this recipe was the rolled oats ingredient and the stevia. I didn’t have any rolled oats at hand. I actually had packed just my quick oats and oat flour, but not my old fashioned rolled oats. (yes…yes…i have all three of those). So instead of using the old fashioned oats I used the quick oats. Same amount and everything. I allso didn’t want to put in a ½ cup of stevia so just added 5 packets of organic stevia sweetener. For me that was enough.

The wet and dry mixtures together.

The wet and dry mixtures together.

This recipe is SO SIMPLE!!! First you slice all your bananas and strawberries. Spray a pan wilt non-stick EVOO and line half of your sliced bananas on the bottom. Then I went ahead and mixed my dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another. Then mix both mixtures together making sure all ingredients mix well. Then pour the mixture on top of your lined bananas then on top put the strawberries and remaining bananas.

Didn't take pictures before I got to this step :/ Sorries. But this is kinda what it looks before you are done. lol

Didn’t take pictures before I got to this step :/ Sorries. But this is kinda what it looks before you are done. lol

Now the recipe uses a cake pan, but I didn’t have one so I just used a loaf pan. Which still worked out. The whole nutritional thing is done for 4 servings per batch, but honestly they are huge. You could probably make 8 servings out of the batch. Which would half the calorie serving. They are also super heavy and full of protein so you can just make it into a nice after work-out snack. I love that it kept me nice and full.

Loaf Pan lined with banana slices.

Loaf Pan lined with banana slices.

 

 

Give it a shot! It honestly is delish! I mean to my taste buds anyways. Hehehe.! Have some fun baking. 😀 It is a great way to introduce people to healthier desserts as well. Take it to your next potluck.

xoxo,

Bianca

I had mine with a side of coffee and a tbsp of drizzled agave on top. YUM!

I had mine with a side of coffee and a tbsp of drizzled agave on top. YUM!

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Recipe for Protein Banana Bread (Based off Strawberry-Banana Oatmeal Protein Bake by bodybuilding.com)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of quick cook rolled oats
  • 4 scoops of vanilla whey protein powder
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 5 packets of O Organics Stevia Sweetener
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 oz unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 bananas (sliced fairly thin)
  • 4 large strawberries (sliced fairly thin)
  • Almond Slices (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick EVOO spray and line with half of the bananas.

3. In a bowl mix together dry ingredients.

4. In another bowl mix the wet ingredients.

5. Mix the ingredients together, making sure there are no dry patches.

6. Pour mixture on top of the sliced bananas.

7. On top of the mixture line the strawberries and bananas.

8. Sprinkle some sliced almonds on top. (This is optional)

9. Bake for 50 – 55 minutes until top is golden brown or until a knife comes out clean.

The nutritional information can be found on bodybuilding.com. I did not adjust mine to my changes so won’t list them here.

 

Click on pic for BodyBuiding Recipe. :)

Click on pic for BodyBuiding Recipe. 🙂

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Annyong-ha-seyo Dollies!

How are you all doing today? I hope you are doing awesome and your journey is going positively in the way you want. Here I am with another entry on protein shakes.

This one is from Body Basix. It is a whey protein isolate in chocolate flavor. Many things interested me when I saw this protein shake.

The facts:

  • 90 calories
  • 0 grams of fat
  • 0 grams of sugar
  • 1 gram of carbs
  • 20 grams of protein
  • It is an isolate.

So with all those great nutrition facts I decided to give it a shot. =(  It was not the best couple of weeks for me. It was just a typical no taste protein shake.

The taste:

  • Watery: It is a watery drink. I tried the 8oz…watery. So then I tried only 6 oz and it got a little thicker, but not a lot. Still very watery.
  • Flavor: I didn’t really taste the chocolate. I mean I guess there was like a hint of it, but yeah. Lol.
  • Breathe for some air: This is definitely one of those shakes that I had to breathe in deeply in order to gulp the whole 6-8oz in one drink. It was something I did not want to be tasting over and over again.
  • Artificial Sweetener: I actually did not taste that fake sugar taste, I was happy with that.

My recommendation:

2.5 dollies out of 5.

This is a great shake for the mere fact that it is very well put together when it comes to the things your body needs. It is one of the lowest calorie protein shakes I have found, with a very good amount of protein. It is also an isolate. The bad thing is that in order to accomplish all those things, taste had to take a hit. If you are able to just enjoy any kind of protein shake and are trying to keep track of your calories, this is the shake for you. I would have chosen this shake at the beginning of my journey because I know it would of helped me loose the weight and built up my muscle. Now that I am not at the same size before I have the flexibility with my calorie intake. Also, I am one of those people that if I don’t like the taste it is very hard to drink it every day. It was really an effort.

So I recommend it those that are really trying to loose the weight and are willing to take up that challenge of doing whatever is necessary which includes having a shake with not much taste.

I did not try it in a smoothie, but I am sure that the powder would just disappear. It is not strong enough to change the taste of a regular smoothie. So that would be away to cover it up.

Kks dollies..hopefully that helped out! See ya next time.

xoxo,

Bianca

Hola muñequitas,

I want to start off this supplement review section on a good note so we will be looking at my favorite brand of whey protein, so far. Designer Whey in Luscious Strawberry.

Designer Whey was the first protein powder shake that I honestly enjoyed drinking with 8oz of water. I began drinking protein shakes in South Korea, but never have I been able to actually enjoy them until I found this one.

What is important? For me it is very important that the calorie count is low, it is low in fat, low in sugar, and a good amount of protein. Those are the top four things I focus on. Especially the calorie number since I am still trying to loose more weight and calorie intake is an important part of my lifestyle.

The facts:

  • Calories: 100 calories <— awesome because the calorie count can get pretty high in the shakes.
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Sugars: 2 grams
  • Protein 18 grams
  • No artificial sweetners <—for me this is also important because I do not like the taste they give. If you do not like what you are drinking it is harder to do it every single day.

The taste:

  • Thick: It is not nasty thick, but it is definitely thicker than the usual watery protein shakes. I enjoy this. I feel like I am drinking a smoothie instead of water with powder.
  • Luscious: It is definitely smooth and luscious. It just tastes like a smoothie, it is appealing to my taste buds and it just runs so smoothly. It is definitely not a drink that I have to hold my nose and try to gulp it down all in one drink. I can take my time and enjoy it.
  • Flavor: I love strawberries and this hits the spot. I mean as close as a powder drink can get. It doesn’t taste like some weird rendition of strawberry, but the actual flavor. Kind of reminds me of the strawberry milk.
  • Smoothie: I have had it as a smoothie with a banana and milk. Omgeee it was so good!!! Definitely if you have the time try and have it as a smoothie. It is just perfect!

My recommendation:

5 dollies out of 5. 

I recommend this protein shake to anyone who just does not like the watery, hold your nose, swallow in one gulp, protein shakes. Especially because you do not need to go home and make it into a smoothie to get that great smooth taste. It honestly just tastes good with water. That is really what I am looking at the end of the day for. After my workout I can not go home and make a smoothie with my powder. Also it is more useful if you drink it right after working out. So all I have available to me is water.

The only thing is that I do wish it had a bit more protein. There are others with more protein, but then that would also add to the calorie count.

This is is an overall good product and I push you to give it a try. It is low calorie, low sugar, low fat, and not too bad on the protein amount. To back up all that, it has a great taste.

I hope you give it a shot and let me know what you think!

Thank you dollies.

xoxo,

Bianca

P.S.: I am currently trying the French Vanilla one and that one is not bad either. Not a favorite, but not bad.

Hello my Dollies!!!

I hope you are all having an awesome Labor Day Weekend. Mine was pretty sweet. The only bad thing is getting back into the groove of things -_-. Anywhoos. I have been focusing a bit on food, but also wanted to start dealing with fitness and supplements that helped me.

I feel I have so many things to share with you and wish I could just write all day and catch you up to where I am now, but unfortunately that is not possible. Hopefully the information helps though!

I will be starting with supplements today. I like trying different things because to be honest, most of the supplements out there are not that delicious. I am always trying to find that protein shake that is tasty to drink or that bar that will fill you up, but isn’t as hard as a rock. Most of my entries will be just reviews of the products, focus on the nutrition labels, and ways you can drink/eat them.

My main goal is to help you cut down some of the research time. I know it was very annoying sometimes for me to spend 20-30 minutes trying to choose what whey protein to buy. Now that I have more experience my time at the store has gotten shorter. Hopefully this will help you cut down some of that research time. Especially since these will be unbiased reviews, with not financial gain to me.

Kks dollies. I will be tagging all my supplements in the “supplement” category. Under that category you should be able to find subsections of whey protein, protein bars, etc.

 

xoxo,

Bianca

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