Bananas are my go-to pre- and post-workout snack so I always keep a bunch or two in the house. The warm weather is making my nanners turn spotty and soft before I have a chance to eat them. I have already enjoyed some Banana Almond Oatmeal Pancakes and am too banana smoothied out to whip out the blender again, but I didn't want these bananas to go to waste. It was time to whip up some banana bread. Here is a healthy breakfast option that's so sweet and moist, you'll want to devour it for an after-dinner treat.
To see my easy recipe for this delicious Banana Apple Chunk Bread that's vegan and also low-fat, keep on reading.
It seems our readers can't get enough of warm-weather salads! FitSugar reader VersaStick posted this recipe in our Healthy Recipe group for just that — a crunchy and refreshing salad with jicama, radish, and pineapple, and an avocado-yogurt dressing.
This salad has become a warm-weather favorite! It's easily adaptable and a great way to incorporate the best your local farmer's market has to offer. Here, we've used our favorite local radishes, cucumbers, and basil with jicama and pineapple for a winning combination. Try it and let us know what you think!
Contrary to popular belief, not all carbonated drinks are bad for you — sparking water is sugar free and can keep calcium locked in your bones (no studies have backed up the preconceived notion that sparkling water actually leaches calcium out of your bones).
For those of you that like that thirst-quenching appeal that carbonated beverages provide, you may be able to slowly wean yourself off soda once-and-for-all with one of these delicious and easy carbonated drink alternatives.
- Fizzy Lemonade: Squeeze about three to four large lemons in a large pitcher. Pour in six cups of soda water and stir until all of the lemon is mixed in the water. Add four to five tablespoons of agave nectar for sweetness. Refrigerate for about an hour and then add in 2-3 cups of ice cubes. Garnish with some lemon slices.
Fortunately, berries are in season right now, making them widely available across the country. Strawberries also provide a multitude of health benefits, so you can eat 'em till your heart's content. What else is in season? Rhubarb, cherries, navel oranges, and watermelon. To put all of these tasty fruits to good use this Spring, here's a fruit salad recipe that surely won't disappoint!
On days when I'm craving some comfort food, you can find me in my kitchen making nachos or this mouth-watering snack — vegetarian chili cheese fries. Even if you love the real deal — fries piled high with beef-based chili — my recipe below won't disappoint. I might add that it's much lower in calories than traditional chili cheese fry dishes because it's made without meat and is substituted with much healthier ingredients.
One food that we're especially excited about this Spring is the now-in-season artichoke. Besides tasting great, it's also good for you: one medium artichoke contains important minerals like iron and calcium, along with over 20 percent of your daily fiber needs, which may help the body burn more fat. From salads to pastas and everything in between, here's what healthy artichoke dishes we'll be cooking up this Spring.