I finally purchased a juicer, after wanting one ever since talking to Shannon about the wonders of juicing. I’m kind of a sucker for kitchen appliances, so it’s sort of surprising that it took me this long to get one. Since I have a VitaMix (best appliance ever) I went with a fairly cheap juicer. I’ll still use my blender for most things, but it’s nice to have the option to juice, particularly when I have produce on the edge of going bad.
I got this new toy:
I’ve tried a few combinations so far, and here’s my favorite:
Green Apple Juice
- 4 handfuls kale
- 1 large carrot
- 1 green apple
- 1 kiwi
- 1 handful green grapes
I’ve been having juice in place of my usual morning snack, and I swear it’s giving more energy than my coffee! I can’t wait to try more combinations. This week has been so busy, I haven’t had a chance to get to the grocery store to stock up on more fruits and vegetables. I’m hoping to get lots of fresh produce at the farmers market.
I also baked a loaf of banana bread on Tuesday. I used this recipe from Cooking Light, but I made a few substitutions to get a little more protein and fiber in there!
- Lighter Banana Bread
- Adapted from this Cooking Light recipe
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 4 small mashed bananas
- ⅓ cup 0% plain greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup walnuts
- Cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Whisk together.
- In a separate bowl, beat the butter with the eggs until combined.
- Mash in bananas.
- Add yogurt and vanilla.
- Combine with the dry ingredients.
- Stir in walnuts.
- Pour batter into an 8½ x 4½-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray.
- Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool 10 minutes in pan.
- Try to stop yourself from eating it straight from the pan.
This banana bread was so yummy, I had to resist eating the whole loaf straight from the pan!
Don’t want to make a whole loaf? Try this single serving banana bread recipe!