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.
Barbecue season is upon us, and in my backyard we inaugurated our grill this season with something a little different: buffalo burgers. Having heard that buffalo, aka bison, is similar in taste to beef, but healthier, I was ready to get my leaner burger on.
When compared to beef, buffalo is naturally lower in fat and higher in iron, which is good for us active ladies. The flavor of buffalo is also richer and somehow sweeter than beef. Another healthy bonus is that bison are not treated with antibiotics or growth hormones and tend to be mainly grass fed (although some are grain finished), giving the meat a bit more omega-3 fatty acids.
Note of caution: because buffalo meat is so lean, it's easy to overcook. You have to be vigilant while grilling, but this recipe calls for adding mushrooms and onions to the meat, which help retain moistness while also adding flavor. Keep reading to learn how to grill up these burgers.
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!
Now that we're in the trust tree, let me be completely honest with you about something — soda is downright dangerous to drink. Aside from the health risks including bone loss, hypertension, and dental decay, soda drinks like Coke are full of sugar, caramel coloring, high-fructose corn syrup and often leave you thirstier — not exactly the crème de la crème of beverages.
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.
The next time you walk into a grocery store or visit your local farmers market, take a look around and hopefully you'll not only see but also smell the delicious aroma coming from a strawberry stand. For some strange reason — probably because I love them so — strawberries push me out of my cooking comfort zone by inspiring me to make such things like jams, pies, and even homemade ice cream.
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!