DHA-Enhanced Banana Quickbread
This Banana Bread contains oatmeal to help modulate spikes in your blood sugar, which can make baby grow bigger than his genetic potential. It also provides needed fiber to prevent pregnancy-related slow digestion. The ground flax seed contains DHA for baby’s developing brain.
- 3 slightly overripe bananas
- 1 c. uncooked quick oatmeal
- ½ c. milk
- Add and combine:
- 1 c. packed brown sugar
- 4 egg whites
- 4 T. melted and cooled butter (optional)
- 1/3 c. applesauce
- Add and stir well:
- 2 c. unbleached flour
- 1/3 c. ground flax seed
- 1 T. baking powder
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1 t. salt
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1 c. chopped walnuts
- 1 c. dried cherries
- Pour into 2 loaf pans lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr.
Wheatberry Breakfast Bake
Growing up on Cheerios, I thought breakfast cereal was healthy. The ads said my cereal was “fortified” with essential vitamins and minerals, which I did not question until much older. It came as a bit of a shock when one day someone said, “Breakfast cereals are processed foods.“ But, then, of course they are. Now I hear that the cereal industry is actively trying to break out of the morning and get us to eat it all day. Yikes. So here is a recipe that is far healthier, and full of whole grain, low-fat goodness. I make this on Sundays, to last me the whole week.
In a large bowl, stir to combine:
- 5 eggs, beaten
- 5 c. wheatberries (aka freekah), cooked according to package directions
- 3 c. shelled edamame (found in the freezer section of your grocery)
- 14 oz. can of garbanzo beans, rinsed
- ½ of one sweet red pepper, diced
- 2 T. olive oil
- 1 lb. baby spinach, steamed and drained
Pour mixture into greased 9” x 13” baking dish, and bake at 350 ° for 1 hour. Serve with avocado, salsa and/or fresh tomato slices, salted to taste. Serves 5 people for breakfast, or one hungry, pregnant mom for 5 breakfasts.