Thursday, November 20, 2014

Try This Healthy Bite: "Oil/ Butter FREE" Banana Walnut & Date Bread

  
Yes! you read that right,a loaf recipe that is "OIL/BUTTER FREE'. This recipe is for all you Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread fans out there. The only difference, this has half the number of calories and 1/4th fat, don't you love it already :) ?

You might wonder how the bread can be moist, trust me yogurt does the magic.

Health Benefits of the ingredients used:  

 

  • Most of the other recipes I saw online used over ripe banana's, which  I am not really a fan of. And also the nutrient content of a banana changes as the banana becomes more rip. An unripe banana is full of complex carbohydrates, but as the banana becomes overripe the starch changes to simple sugars.   I just used ripe ones.  
  • I have used ground flax seeds, flaxseeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3
  • Walnuts are amazing for skin and hair, they're packed with omega-3 fatty acids and contain antioxidants that boost heart health. They can  also reduce risk of diabetes and can help you deal with stress 

Materials Required to Try This DIY:


  • 1 cup Multigrain flour
  • 2 tpbs flax ground seeds
  • 1/4th teaspoon salt
  • 3/4th teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4th cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg (If you don't eat egg, replace with 1/2 cup of apple sauce )
  • 1.5 Medium size bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 table spoon honey
  • 2 table spoons greek yogurt
  • 10 walnut halves, chopped
  • 8 dates, chopped
  Instructions to TryThis DIY


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease pan.
  2. Blend bananas, egg and brown sugar for a minute or so till smooth.
  3. Add honey, vanilla and yogurt to the blended mixture and mix well.
  4. Whisk together the flour, ground flax seed, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Fold the blended(banana,egg, brown sugar, honey, vanilla and yogurt) mixture into the flour mixture until blended. Do not overmix.
  6. Fold in the walnuts and dates.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan.(If you wish sprinkle some oats on top, like I did in the picture below,  to add some texture and color :) )
  8. Bake loaf for 40 – 50 minutes or until it comes clean with a toothpick 
  9. Let it cool down for a while before you slice it up.
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    Nutritional Facts: 


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Try This Healthy Bite: Tuna spread



I am excited to announce the introduction of a new column ,a tad bit deviation from our regular posts, -"Healthy Bites" to the blog. In this section, I will posting healthy recipes for all you weight watchers out there.

The very first recipe to grace this column is "Tuna spread".   Tuna is loaded with vitamins and nutrients, low in saturated fat and is an excellent source of protein. The other main ingredient in the recipe is Cottage cheese, Cottage cheese is a unique dairy product,  that is low in carbohydrates and rich in protein and keeps to full for a longer period of time. The best part of the recipe is, the whole portion contains only 299 calories and 7.2 grams of fat, and the protein content is a whopping 46.9 grams!

For informational purposes, I have also added Nutrition facts at the very bottom of the post.



 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Try This DIY: Double Pearl choker



I am a huge fan of pearls, as is it evident, this is my third DIY using pearls. This Chanel inspired DIY is similar to the one I did earlier , Double Pearl earrings ,do check it out if you haven't done so. 

For this DIY I used 40 mm pearl beads from etsy and  a choker from Micheals  Industrial chic collection .The reason I used this choker is because the beads at the end can be unscrewed and there is no need to cut the edges. The length of the wire can also be adjusted by inserting the ends of the choker into the bead.

Follow along for instructions on how to make this Chanel Inspired DIY .



Friday, October 17, 2014

Try This DIY: Double Pearl Earrings

Double pearl earrings are so in now a days, every other designer/store has them.Why buy them when you can make them, in less than 2 minutes? Since it takes less than 2 minutes to make, its a perfect DIY to try today and flaunt at your evening party or at your weekend outing.

Follow along for instructions on how to make this awesome and quick DIY


You can also use other studs to make it a two tone earring.See picture below for an example
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Try This DIY : Mirrored Pillow Cover


Fall is here and all I see is yellow/Orange/Red everywhere. Here is a quick DIY  to dress up any room. This throw will make your house fall ready and is effortless to make.

Materials required to Try This DIY:

  • Throw pillow with removable cover 
  • Mirror discs of varied sizes (I used round ones from JoAnn )
  • Dimensional Fabric Paint ( I used orange and blue;from Michaels)
  • Fabric Glue

Instructions to Try This DIY: 

  1. Remove the cover from the pillow and lay it flat with the front of the pillow cover facing up. If the cover is not made of thick fabric, place a magazine or news paper inside the cover so that the glue doesn't stick the front and the back of the cover together
  2. Take a mirror disc, apply glue at the back of the mirror 
  3. Adhere mirror to the cover
  4. Using dimensional paint outline along the mirror ; make sure the outline is thick enough to be visible and also this covers up the sharp edges of the mirror and prevent any injury
  5. Randomly glue the mirrors all throughout the pillow cover and outline the mirror using  dimensional paint
Be sure to keep up with my behind the scenes on Instagram and inspiration collections on Pinterest.