I did end up going to the gym this morning (but missed the Body Pump class I originally planned on attending…oh well) but first I baked some banana bread! I just can’t seem to have a day without baking and I had some bananas that were on their last leg. I was SUPER happy about the results of this bread and am excited to share the recipe with yall!
Whole Wheat Banana Bread
Yields 1 loaf—10 slices
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (freshly ground is best)
dash of ground cloves
1 5oz container nonfat vanilla yogurt (I used Oikos nonfat vanilla greek yogurt)
2 very very ripe bananas
1/2 cup walnuts (optional—I didn’t have any on hand this morning but they would be great in this!)
1. Preheat oven to 350. In a small bowl, mash the bananas and add the brown sugar, yogurt and egg. Mix well.
2. In a larger bowl, SIFT the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently fold together—-do NOT overmix!
3. Pour batter into prepared nonstick (or greased) loaf pan and bake for about 50 minutes.
4. Let cool for 5 minutes in the loaf pan then release and cool 10 more minutes before slicing.
Each slice equals 118 calories, 1 gram of fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 26 grams of carbs and 3 grams of protein—note that this is not a very sweet banana bread. If you prefer your banana bread sweeter, use 2/3rds cup brown sugar instead of 1/2 cup. Using more sugar will increase the calorie content however and I feel like the bread is best when its not too sweet anyways!
I had a slice pre-gym:
I feel like this would make a killer pb&j sammie!
Anyways, after baking I pulled myself together and hit the gym for an upper body workout. Here’s what I did:
couple minutes on the arc trainer to warm up
2 sets of triceps kickbacks—10 lbs, 15 reps
2 sets of shoulder lifts & raises with a 12 lb body bar—15 reps
2 sets of laying triceps extensions with EZ bar—15 reps
2 sets of shoulder press with dumbbells—12 lbs, 12 reps
2 sets of standing bent-over row—15 lbs, 12 reps
2 sets of “21s”—20 lb barbell
2 sets of bicep curls on cable machine—10 lbs
2 sets of lower back dips with 10 lb weight—15 reps
2 sets of bicycle crunches—30 reps
2 sets of crunches with legs at 90-–30 reps
I also did some shin strengthening “taps” and really stretched out my calves since I’m a little sore from yesterday’s run. Bah. After working out I stopped at Publix to pick up some lettuce and bananers since my “parents” are coming back tomorrow and I’ve eaten all their food! It was pouring out so I also picked up a can of Amy’s Split Pea soup to have for lunch as well.
So, when I got home, I had the soup, a string cheese and a wedge of warm olive focaccia.
I was very excited to find a package at the door with my name on it!! The folks over at Arnold Bread sent me some of their new product line for me to test and review:
And while I haven’t tried them yet, I KNOW I will love them—especially the double protein bread! Each slice contains a whopping 7 grams of protein! Amazing!! My sandwiches from now on will equal 14 grams of protein even without the filling in them! I’m stoked about this.
Here’s some facts about Arnold’s new Grains & More product line that I think yall will find interesting:
Arnold Grains & More focuses on maximizing one core ingredient to boost the benefits of every slice while maintaining delicious taste and texture. All of the varieties are made with whole grains, are heart healthy and contain no high fructose corn syrup.
The 4 varieties are:
* Arnold “Grains & More” Double Protein Hearty Multi-Grain Bread
Protein is used to build, maintain and repair body tissue, and provides a source of energy and controls many of the important processes in the body related to the metabolism. Numerous studies show that people feel more satisfied and eat fewer calories after having meals rich in protein.
* Arnold “Grains & More” Double Fiber 100% Whole Wheat Bread
Fiber is essential in maintaining a healthy digestive system. It can assist in weight management by helping you stay satiated longer. A high-fiber diet can lower the risk of developing certain conditions such as heart disease, high cholesterol, cancer, diabetes and diverticular disease.
* Arnold “Grains & More” Double Oat Hearty Oatmeal Bread
Plant sterols, naturally found in vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, may help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease when eaten as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Oats are the only whole grain recognized to actively lower cholesterol.
* Arnold “Grains & More” Double Omega Multi-Grain & Flax Bread
Omega-3 fatty acids may aid in cardiovascular health. Promising preliminary evidence reveals that omega-3 supplementation might be helpful in coping with depression, improving immune function maturation and reducing joint pain.
As of October 2008, “Grains & More” breads will be available in supermarkets and mass retail locations in the Northeast and Southeast under the Arnold brand name and in the Midwest under the Brownberry brand name, making it easier to ensure that Americans are achieving their recommended nutritional requirements and staying healthy.
So definitely be on the lookout for these—if your local store doesn’t carry them yet it will soon! 🙂
I’m off to shower then read and relax!