Hehe well this morning was a great example of following your heart.
First of all, let me say that for some odd reason black bananas stress me out. Its like they are screaming “do something with me!!!” I hate to waste food and since Ryan and I drink so many smoothies, I usually just freeze ’em but having a culinary degree behind my name makes me really want to do something special with them sometimes.
So anyways, I’ve been watching these three bananas get darker and darker each day this week and wondering when I would have the time to make something with them. That, combined with the fact that I was so content in my pajamies, made me decide to ditch spinning and stay home to bake banana bread and do yoga instead!
I’ve sort of developed a taste for not-so-good-for-you naner bread lately. A little bit of butter really does make all the difference and its not something I eat every day so I really don’t mind going a little crazy once in a while. If you could call banana bread crazy. As I baked I listened to Pandora, my new obsession! I feel like I am the last person to find out about the wonders of this free internet radio and now I will never turn back. I even downloaded it on my Blackberry and listened to it with headphones at the gym yesterday! I’m a dork, I know.
Here’s the recipe!
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf
1 stick butter, room temperature
3 VERY ripe bananas
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup organic dark brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of sea salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp ground cinnamon (or more if you like!)
Preheat oven to 350. In a medium sized bowl mash the bananas very well. Set aside.
In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugar. I don’t usually bother getting out the KitchenAid for this…I just use a wooden spoon like Grandma! 🙂 Once the mixture is light and fluffy, add the eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, salt and mashed bananas. Stir very well until everything is incorporated.
Sift in the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix just until combined.
Pour batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for about an hour…..sometimes a little longer, just check on it with a toothpick or fork. You don’t want to serve under-baked banana bread to your friends!
After I put the bread in the oven I cleaned the kitchen from top to bottom. I need to be better about this. When you live in a small apartment and cook a lot you really have to stay on top of this because things get gross fast! Today I did the countertops, sink and floor. I really hate cleaning but feel SO much better after I do.
And then I knew what I had to do. I had to conquer it………….the hardest ever 75 minute Dave Farmar podcast that I did an hour of on Tuesday. Yes, it totally destroyed me AGAIN today with all those dolphin poses, tri-pod headstands, forearm planks, floating half moons and forearm stands (whew!!), but I finished the entire class today and felt such a sense of peace when I laid back in savasana.
I was in a pool of sweat, no doubt, but felt so incredibly peaceful that all the sweat, swearing and huffing was worth it. In class today, Dave said that bad things WILL happen to us in life. Its how we let ourselves react to those situations is what matters the most. We could sit around and dwell in our misery or we could take the challenge and rise to the occasion of our life and try to form some sort of positivity out of negativity. When my brother died I never thought I could ever feel happiness again. I sank lower than any person should ever have to go and it literally felt like someone was dragging a razor blade across my insides. I was mad. Mad at him for being so stupid, mad at God for letting this happen, mad at myself for not being there…..but ever so slowly I have started to pick myself back up. Its still hard to breathe sometimes and I still pinch myself because, well, I didn’t sign up for this!!!!! However, if we constantly tell ourselves that life isn’t fair and we didn’t sign up for this we will never be happy again.
Life isn’t fair. Its just not. You are the only one that can make yourself happy again, regardless of the situation. You have to keep going, keep fighting, keep climbing that mountain. God would never give you anything more than you can’t handle and it will just end up making you stronger.
Okay, that was my Friday morning pep-talk. Maybe it was more for me than you but hopefully you got something out of it as well!
Of course after this butt kicking yoga sess, I was gnawing my arm off in hunger. A lot of you all have asked me if cold cereal keeps me full and my answer is that it depends on the cereal! Nature’s Path Optimum and Quaker Oatmeal Squares are awesome and they always DO keep me full and going all morning long. However, if I were to have Special K, I would probably faint in hunger.
For lunch I made salmon salad using a can of salmon (no bones, no skin), a glob of lite mayo (all out of my fav canola oil mayo!), spicy mustard. 2 stalks of chopped celery and a healthy pinch of curry powder.