Skinny Banana Bread w/ Chia Seed

I have my new banana bread recipe from here on out.  I am a sucker for banana bread, but I know it is usually made with a lot of butter and a lot of sugar.  This one I made has:

  • No butter (used applesauce and coconut oil)
  • No white sugar (used agave nectar)
  • Chia seeds
  • and is whole wheat

And this is why I have named this… "Skinny" Banana Bread!
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Spaghetti Squash and Meatless Meatballs

Fall is here!!  Which means it is time for my favorite fall vegetables, including winter squash!  I have only made spaghetti squash one other time, and thought it was time to revisit this delicious veggie.

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Wine-ing down

WINE.  It’s the ultimate cherry-on-top after a long day of work.  I love everything about wine—the flavors, the smell, the color, the vineyards, the stories… and let’s not forget happiness it brings 😉

Research (much to my liking) has indicated that moderate levels of alcohol improve cardiovascular health, with red wine being the most beneficial of the beverages.  It has been shown to protect against heart disease and cancer, prevent blood clots, reduce risk of kidney stones, and lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The health benefits can be attributed to the antioxidant compounds, flavonoids and resveratrol, which are present in the skin and seeds of red grapes.  Since red wines (over white wines) typically have extended contact with the grape’s skins during fermentation they will naturally have higher levels of these antioxidants. 
  • Flavonoids reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering LDL cholesterol levels and raising HDL cholesterol production.  They also help reduce blood clotting.  Flavonoids are most prevalent in Cabernet Sauvignon, with Petit Syrah and Pinot Noir following.
  • Resveratrol aids in the defense against free radicals, which are toxins that try to damage cellular functions (i.e. UV damage, pathogens, environmental toxins, etc).  Some studies even show that resveratrol may inhibit tumor development in some cancers.  

So by drinking red wine, you are also benefiting from these antioxidants, aiding your health!  Although only one serving for women, and two servings for men, are needed to reap the benefits… it gives me an extra excuse to tip the wine bottle in the afternoon!

Recently, I went to Malibu Winery and Sip Wine Bar to check out the wines with some of my girlfriends….only for our good health, of course!
Malibu Winery’s Estate Flight Testing- $12
a great addition to our outdoor picnic :)— Sembler’s Proprietor’s Blend 2006
Sip Wine Bar