“Traded Up” Banana Bread

Ok so as much as I try to be healthy, I am straight-up never going to be one of those girls that eats to live.

I am all about living to eat. There is a place for moderation and a place for seconds can we all just agree on that?

And while I love eating out and trying new things, I have also been getting back to cooking at home which I find allows to me make smarter choices that are still delicious and flavorful.

There are really easy ways to enhance your food and trade up for healthier choices.

This is something I have recently learned thanks to my pals at President’s Choice and the Guiding Stars program.

***don’t worry I had no idea what the Guiding Stars program was either so here’s some background***

Guiding Stars scores foods based on a balance of credits and debits.

Foods are credited for vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, whole grains and omega-3s, and debited for saturated fats, trans fats, added sodium and added sugars. Items are rated impartially using an algorithm based on information from the food package or a Canadian nutrition database. The food items are given a 1, 2 or 3 star rating, with 3 being the highest nutritional value.

When I did my homework and understood how the program worked, it really made eating well a bit of a fun game.

One of the Loblaw dietitians even took a favorite Banana Bread recipe of mine and helped me “trade up” ingredients using the Guiding Stars program.

I modified the recipe below using the Guiding Stars trade up which I’ve highlighted with stars next to the items:

3 to 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup (75 grams) melted salted butter
3/4 to 1 cup (145 to 190 grams) light brown sugar (depending on the level of sweetness you prefer, I always use the smaller amount)
1 Omega-3 egg, beaten (⋆⋆⋆)
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla
1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon (3 grams) cinnamon
Up to 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup hemp hearts (⋆⋆⋆)
1/2 cup flaxseed meal (⋆⋆⋆)
1 1/2 cups (190 grams) whole spelt flour (⋆⋆⋆)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla and bourbon, then the spices. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the hemp, flaxseed and flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to one hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

I love hiding secret nutrition into my meals – it allows me to have the best of both worlds without compromising on taste.

And ps I am also hosting a fun little giveaway on Instagram @lexniko where you can enter to win a $150 PC Gift Card!

Details are on my Banana Bread post here and you can get a second entry by commenting below.

*contest is for Canadian residents-only*

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    February 20, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I love this healthy upgrade! Pulling out those overripe, frozen bananas now.

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