Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day 14: Banana Walnut Oatmeal and Chocolate "Milk" Shake

  Our society eats way too much white sugar and processed foods consistently everyday. White sugar is almost like crack, in the sense that it lifts you up and then smacks you down just leaving you wanting more. It is also quite harmful to your health for it suppresses your immune system as well as leaches your vitamins and minerals from your blood and bones. White sugar is now also associated with cancer as well as contributes to insulin resistance and diabetes.

     On the other hand we all like the taste of sugar every once and a while. A lot of vegans tend to use natural maple syrup as a sweetener (without high fructose corn syrup) when they have that sweet tooth craving, instead of white sugar. Don’t be fooled by brown sugar either. It is not healthier, like brown rice is to white rice. Brown sugar just has molasses added to it give it its coloration and slightly different taste.

   Today I had a little bit of time on my hands this morning so I threw together a dish of cinnamon banana walnut oatmeal. I must say oatmeal has never tasted better!

Banana Walnut Oatmeal

½ cup of Oats
1 cup of water
1 small banana, sliced
3 table spoons of chopped walnuts
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon spoon of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of maple syrup

    Step 1: Bring the water to boil in a small pot then stir in the sliced banana, oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, and maple syrup.

    Step 2: Stir and let it cook for one minute before turning off the heat and placing the lid on to let it steam for about 2 minutes.

    Step 3: Fold in the walnuts and serve immediately

(Serves: 1)

    Later that evening after I hit the gym I tried a new recipe that used tofu as the main substance in a protein smoothie. I wasn’t too sure at first about using tofu in a smoothie, but the tofu ended up having the same consistency as yogurt when blended. Not too bad, for a tofu smoothie.

Chocolate Banana “Milk” Shake

3 ounces silken tofu
half a banana
¼ cup of water
2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup (make sure there is not high fructose corn syrup or milk in it)
1 table spoon of maple syrup

Step 1: Blend all ingredients until smooth

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