banana bread


Hello bloggers! 🙂 🙂 How is everyone doing? How is the weekend going? I hope you’re having an amazing, sunny and happy weekend! As for me since I have a lot of free time lately I am trying new recipes in my beloved home kitchen where ingredients and tools are more than enough to keep me entertained!

This time I decided to try a banana bread recipe I adapted from an great blog I follow, http://saudavelcomoumpero.blogspot.pt/

It is pretty simple and it turns out a delicious bread that goes great with honey, jam, cheese, or even by itself!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp of peanut oil
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tsp of vanilla flavor
  • 4 tsp of cinnamon
  • 3 medium bananas
  • 50g of grated almonds
  • a pinch of salt
  • sunflower seeds and chia seeds (as much as you like)

Preparation:

1 – Pre-heat the oven at 180ºC.

2 – Beat the eggs in a bowl and add to it the peanut oil, vanilla flavor, cinnamon and the pinch of salt.

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3- Smash the bananas and add them to the egg mixture along with the grated almonds and the seeds.

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4 – Pour it in a rectangular baking tray and take it to the oven for about 30 minutos.

And it’s ready to serve! 🙂

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Going healthy with Avocado


Good afternoon everyone! I truly hope you’re having an amazing start of weekend! As for me I have been working for quite a few hours already, but it is worth as I have a very exciting plan coming up (that soon I will share with you!) and money will be needed!

This week I have “discovered” avocado! I know I am late to the party as avocado is quite known already. But let me be more specific, it was my first time trying and actually enjoying it! The first time it was given to me to try I had it like any fruit “oh give a bite and try this!” – I swear to never again put that in my month, I hated that flavor and texture! But now, after a while and “trauma”  is gone I decided to try it again after reading so many blogs where everyone recommends avocado as being such an healthy food! And surprise, surprise… I enjoyed it!! This week I had it in a lot of  different ways so here I leave you some ideas if you feel like trying it and if you already have it in your menu. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

• grilled chicken • 1/4 avocado • lemon juice • lettuce 

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• lettuce • 1 egg omelette with soy sauce • 1 slice of bread with hummus spread • 1/4 avocado

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• grilled shrimp & hummus • soy sauce • 1/4 avocado • lemon juice • tomato • cucumber • lettuce  

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• 1 boiled egg • 1 slice chicken ham • mushrooms • 1/4 avocado  1/2 slice of pumpkin seed bread*• lettuce 

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*Biona Organic Rye Pumpkin Seed Bread – my new finding at Tesco store! Just tried it and let me tell you – nutritious, healthy and delicious bread option! 😉

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Note: An advise to safe avocado and avoid that it turns black once its open is to save it with its core 😉

Which one did you fancy the most? What’s your favorite avocado recipe? Comment below as I would love to get some ideas! 🙂

Have a lovely and healthy weekend everyone! 🙂

Carolina

Roasted Vegetables


In pretty much every meal I have I enjoy to have some vegetables with it but it gets boring to eat it always in the same way! So I decided to put them in a tray and take them to the oven instead of always cook them. It is so simple and it gives a lot of flavor to the vegetables! What I did was out some Brussels Sprouts and some carrots in a tray and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, oregano and garlic powder. Poured some olive oil on top and gave it a little stir. Then I took it to the oven for about 15 minutes at the temperature of 190ºC (the time will depend on how raw or cooked you like them).. and voilá!

• Carrots  • Brussels Sprouts 

IMG_3045IMG_3047Simple and a delicious way of eating veggies! I’ve tried already it with Brussels sprouts, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms and broccoli! So by now I dare to say it pretty much works with any veggie you like! The one I would say doesn’t work so well is zucchini because it is a bit juicy, but it still taste good!

What is your favorite way of eating vegetables? 🙂 I am always trying to find new ways of having them on my plate so can’t wait to hear some of your ideas! 🙂

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Healthy Swaps To Your Food


egg-swaps11. Kale chips for potato chips

When lightly tossed in olive oil and some seasoning (salt and pepper, paprika, or chili powder work well) and baked, these curly leafs turn into a good crunchy snack with less fat than the classic fried potato chip.

2. Dark chocolate for M&Ms (in trail mix)

To avoid the sugar packed trail mixes available in stores we can make our own with unsalted nuts and dark chocolate bits (lower in sugar).

3. Popcorn for potato chips

Lower in calories and fat, natural popcorn without pre-flavored seasonings is a great snack alternative to replace chips. Try made-at-home flavors by adding cinnamon, chili powder, or Parmesan.

4. Steel-cut oatmeal for instant oatmeal

Steel cut oats are diced whole grains that maintain more of their fiber-rich shell. Rich in B vitamins, calcium, and protein, steel-cut oats also lack the added sugar that often comes with instant varieties.

5. Banana ice cream for ice cream

No milk, no cream, no sugar… but the same, delicious consistency. It’s simple: freeze bananas, then puree.

6. Sweet potato fries for French fries

Opting for sweet potatoes rather than the traditional white adds an extra dose of fiber, and vitamins. Plus, it cuts out roughly 20 grams of carbohydrates per one-cup serving.

7. Frozen Yogurt for Ice Cream

Frozen yogurt has a lot less fat than ice cream and still has a lot of flavor!

8. Low-fat cottage cheese for sour cream

They both add a creamy texture to many dishes, but sour cream is packed with fat while low-fat cottage cheese is packed with protein.

9. Pureed fruit for syrup

Pureed fruit warmed on the stovetop with a bit of honey packs much less sugar than classic maple.

10. Herbs or citrus juice for salt

Fresh herbs and citrus juice can provide just as much flavor without the added risks of excess sodium intake.

Do you use any? 🙂 What healthy swaps do use or are thinking of starting to use? 

I personally need to start cut a lot more on the salt I use!! Like it too much..! ^^