Hello, hello! This weekend I have been in my hometown of Austin, Texas for my step sister’s wedding! The ceremony and party was last night and it was perfect. Her dress was Vera Wang…. swoon. The only blip in the evening was probably when I read the pre-dinner prayer and forgot to say Amen at the end of it. Awkward silence ensued. My only excuse is that the prayer printout that was given to me didn’t actually say “Amen” at the end, but clearly I am a fool. Merhh, Im sorry!
I will give you all a detailed weekend recap when I get home, complete with pictures! Probably right after I cram hard for my two midterms on Monday and Tuesday.
Sad truth: While getting my hair and makeup done and at dinner, I had flash cards with blood work indices of anemia on my lap.
Over the last few weeks, I have gotten several requests for banana based recipes. I will, of course, be making the classic banana bread, and a banana bread pudding, but first I made a very simple banana pudding.
Lets compare the ingredients to a store-bought instant pudding mix:
Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Contains less than 2% of Natural and Artificial Flavor, Salt, Disodium Phosphate and Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate (For Thickening), Mono- and Diglycerides (Prevent Foaming), Artificial Color, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Bha (Preservative).
Banana Chia Pudding
Recipe: Makes 1-2 servings
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup greek yogurt (you can leave this out and add more banana if you are vegan!)
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
4 drops stevia
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut sugar (or regular sugar)
1 tbsp chia seeds
Directions – Combine everything except the chia seeds in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and mix in the chia seeds. Let it thicken in the fridge for several hours before eating!
Bananas * one of the best sources of high-resistance fiber andย potassium, which helps the body eliminate excess salt and water (good for bloating)! Also help prevent muscular cramps and improve blood circulation. Bananas are high in zinc, which is key for healthy hair. They have also been linked to the prevention of stomach ulcers because they protect the stomach mucous layer. They are high in vitamins C and A, and phosphorus (which helps improve memory).
Chia * a natural thickening agent that happens to be a nutritional powerhouse! They are rich in soluble and insoluble fibers which helps keep blood sugar stable after a meal. They are an impressive source of omega 3’s, especially considering they are from a plant. B vitamins and calcium are also abundant in each little chia seed!