Wow Wow Wow! Michael Phelps is just incredible! And I LOVE how he gets so emotional about the win, too – it just shows you how much he truly enjoys what he does. It completely pays off since, you know, he beat the world record and all.
Well, I pretty much stuck to soft foods for the rest of the day. I can really only chew on one side of my mouth because the other is super sensitive, so eating was more of a chore than a pleasure today Nothing too exciting about my meals, but there was a certain vegan baking adventure that was pretty tasty – more on that later.
WORKOUT + LUNCH
The protein-packed oatmeal definitely held me through an intense, Olympic-inspired workout. I did 60 minutes of various cardio machines and a seriously difficult arm machine workout that included bicep and triceps, shoulder press, chest press, rowing machine and the Gravitron. Nice! And just what I needed, because I haven’t been to the gym all week thanks to late nights at work. Blech.
When I got home and cleaned up, I decided to try an egg white concoction inspired by this post from the lovely Sarah over at Our Kitchen Adventures. I microwaved three egg whites for 1 minute, then stirred in 1/2 cup whipped cottage cheese and put it back in the microwave for another minute. I sprinkled everything with pepper, onion powder and chipotle seasoning.
This version was tasty, but I definitely like it with Laughing Cow even more. I need to go to the grocery store and pick up another wheel of that cheesy goodness!
With my egg concoction, I had 1/2 of a sliced red pepper drizzled in Annie’s Woodstock dressing.
And I was feeling in the mood for another mug of Coffee Cocoa, so I had one of those as well to wrap up my post-workout refueling session.
VEGAN BAKING ADVENTURE
So I knew I had a lot of extra ripe bananas left over this week and I needed to make something with them pronto! I didn’t just want to make my Choconana Pudding Muffins since you’ve seen those before. After much debating, I decided to take my inspiration from one of my favorite (and recently better acquainted with) bloggers, VeggieGirl, and try to create an eating bender version of a baked good that we’ve seen from her in posts like this one – vegan banana bread!!
Vegan Choconana Pudding Bread
- 3 small ripe bananas (2 for the batter, 1 for the sliced topping)
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 ZenSoy Chocolate Vanilla Swirl soy pudding cup
1) Combine all ingredients into a bowl.
2) Place batter inside a loaf pan. Add sliced bananas to the top.
3) Push sliced bananas into batter and move batter around so it covers slices.
4) Bake at 375* for 15-20 minutes. Or use the toothpick trick!
5) Slice into eight even slices. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition (per slice): 120 calories, 1g fat, 12mg sodium, 28g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 3g protein
Review: For my first adventure in vegan baking, I think it turned out pretty darn tasty! The bread stays super moist thanks to the soy pudding, so there is absolutely no threat of it drying out! It’s a very dense and chewy bread (thanks, old fashioned oats!) and the extra sliced bananas on top truly make it stand out. The flavor permeates through every bite, but is not overly sweet. Basically, I’m pretty proud of myself And happy that I was able to create something delicious, but still healthy!
After several tastes of the batter and a trial slice of the banana bread, I wasn’t hungry for anything substantial for dinner. So I started by making myself a sweet potato with ketchup.
All I do to make this baby is microwave it for approximately 3 1/2 minutes (give or take 30 seconds, depending on whether or not it starts to feel soft). You want to make sure it’s soft enough to cut through because then you know it’s ready to eat!
And for a sweet treat to end the evening, I had a bowl of frozen green and purple grapes. You can times this picture by two, because I had to go back for more They are just too good not to!
This day has just been so relaxing! I’ve got some chores ahead of me tomorrow, but I’m even looking forward to those because at least it entails being home and not doing work. Hurray!