Roasted Banana + Berry Whole-Wheat Bread

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Happy Memorial Day weekend! First of all, I must apologize for my long, unannounced absence. I'm blessed that my spring schedule became packed with neat opportunities and fun events (teaching a new fitness class, helping with charity events, writing more freelance stories), and my poor little blog sat quiet as a result. But I'm back and have a delicious holiday recipe to share as a mea culpa! OK, that doesn't look ...continue reading

Whole-Wheat Banana Cornbread + The Secret to Perfectly-Baked Bread

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Earth Day is coming up in just two weeks, so I decided to take my Sunday to make the most of what I had in my kitchen, including spotted bananas. The result truly turned (almost) trash into treasure! I'll let you in on the big bread secret first, then get on with the recipe. Have you ever had a loaf of bread stick to your loaf pan stronger than Kimye sticks to the Hollywood spotlight? This is especially common in low-fat recipes, ...continue reading

“Better Than Paula Deen” Doughnut Burgers

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Paula Deen's had a rough year. I don't  mean to beat her while she's down, especially because she does seem like an entertaining, humorous lady, but this recipe is leaps and bounds better than one of her most-discussed recipes! Have you heard of "The Lady's Brunch Burger"? She introduced the word to the fried egg-topped bacon burger served between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts (whoa!) in 2008 and shocked the country with the ...continue reading

Healthy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Banana Split

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 {Source} Amiright?! I've had many friends and even fitness pros exclaim the benefits of exercising on an empty stomach. I, for one, am strongly on team EAT! The latest research has found that even just a light nosh will help you work longer and harder. So eat dessert first! This clean recipe is healthy enough to be a pre-workout breakfast, but would also work as a snack or a bedtime snack. It packs more protein than ...continue reading

Peanut Butter Apple Pie Cookies

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Happy National Bake Cookies Day! It's very fitting, considering that verb has been one of the main causes for my blogging hiatus lately. I've been in party prep mode for the last week or two, planning a menu, shopping, cooking/baking and cleaning before I host some close friends for an appetizers, desserts and cocktails holiday celebration! There are plenty of cookies and other sweets on the menu, ranging from guilt-free to ...continue reading

Healthy Homemade Apple Butter

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When it comes to nutrition, butter sounds bad, right? Well, not as bad as those much-discussed trans fats, but you get the idea. THIS butter is made with just four ingredients—and none of them are packed with saturated fat. Just the fruits of my apple-picking labor, a couple spices and some lemon juice! Not only is this a surprisingly light condiment, but it's also super-versatile. As you can see below, I've tried it ...continue reading