Yesterday afternoon, while watching Mr Bean’s Holiday at home, I had a sudden craving for something sweet (obviously I gave in to this craving lol). I walked into my kitchen and stood there wondering what to eat (having bought groceries earlier definitely helped with my options). Bananas are usually my go-to food for something sweet, but I’m sure you know by now how much I love mixing things up… adding a bagel with my banana reminded me of my love for banana bread. I used to eat Starbuck’s Banana Loaf almost everyday while in college… I don’t even want to think about how terrible that was for my body, but I do remember how amazing it tastes *droooool*
So ofcourse, I’m half way through a movie and don’t have time to MAKE banana bread so the next best thing is to slice a banana on a lightly toasted 100% whole wheat bagel. I also smeared a LIGHT layer of margarine on the toasted bagel to add to the texture and for a slight hint of flavour. This quick and easy banana loaf would also be great as a breakfast sandwich or grab and go snack while out of the house.
P.S. For all you Bean fiends, I would highly recommend Mr Bean’s Holiday… HILARIOUS movie = )
As much as I love eating food, I’m also one who appreciates the art of presenting it. The gorgeous colours that each element adds to the full canvas is simply breathtaking to me… and healthy/nutritious foods, although some would say are boring, I find to be the most stunning, visually speaking. Finding beauty in everything around us is easy… it’s just a matter of opening our eyes and minds.
Getting back on track lol… Today’s brunch consisted of the same ingredients as yesterday’s mini toast, but were prepared in a slightly different way.
It’s amazing how many different ways avocados can be consumed… in yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I thought about creating an avocado paste… well here I did just that (it’s mixed with a pinch of black pepper for added flavour). Grape tomatoes make for delicious toppings on almost everything… the avocados and tomatoes work really well together as a flavour combination… definitely a must try!
For the other half of my bagel, I decided to change things up by adding the roasted red pepper hummus as a spread, topped with a sliced garlic pickle. Jalapenos also work well as toppings if you’re not much of a pickle lover… or even cucumbers.
Who said you couldn’t have dessert after breakfast or brunch?! Peanut butter is an awesome source of protein, but can be very fattening, so a thin spread of it on mini toast is a good way to go for an early meal. Apples are my favourite fruit to pair with peanut butter… the sweet and salty combination makes for one hell of a party in your mouth… plus the mini toast adds some extra crunch and balances out the bold flavours. This sweet treat kinda reminds me of the apple crumble smoothie I made a while back (Mmmm so good!)
For someone who used to fall asleep with her hand in a bag of chips (yes, there are pictures to prove it) I think I’ve come a long way in terms of healthy snacking. There are definitely days when I crave chips, but knowing that I’ve managed to go so many weeks at a time without it helps me avoid the temptation. The good thing is, I’ve replaced chips with something else that I love just as much… fruit! Yep, here I go again about fruit LOL, but you have to admit that this bowl looks heavenly! All it took for this mix was an apple, a banana and an orange with a light drizzle of honey. Next time you’re cozy-ing up to watch a movie and need something to snack on… look to whatever fruit you have laying around in your kitchen and dice them up. If honey isn’t your thing, try adding some Greek yogurt, a scoop of ice cream, or even fruit juice for that little something extra.
Remember… it’s never a bad thing to treat yourself every now and then… moderation is the key to a balanced lifestyle = )