This pumpkin bread is not for the faint of heart...it is adapted from my grandma's recipe and is jam packed with sugar, spice, and everything nice. Seriously. This bread is dense, super sweet, and full of amazing fall spices. I did my best to make it slightly healthier but it is still decadent...I've never heard any complaints ;)
The recipe makes a huge amount of bread...so you may want to cut the recipe in half if you're not giving any of it away.
Bananas are a staple in my kitchen. I probably have at least one a day. And my philosophy has always been to err on the side of caution and buy enough for more than 0ne a day. However, some weeks this leaves me with two or three overripe bananas that are no longer good for regular consumption or the creamy component in my smoothie. Obviously, the only solution left is to bake them into something! The sweetness of these overripe bananas lends itself perfectly to baked goods and hot oatmeal. I don't have any of my own recipes for you today, but click on the title below the picture to go to the original recipe :) These are both ridiculously delicious and easier to make than you'd think!
So in order to make this whole Thrive thing more long-term I have decided to admit to the fact that Brendan Brazier's idea of an entree is not very tasty. I mean, this diet is more catered to hardcore athletes (Ironman triathletes) than healthy vegans who like to workout (me). Soooo I have decided to follow Thrive for 5 out of 7 breakfasts a week, snack on Thrive-y smoothies and energy bars (great pre-workout fuel), and have a Thrive-y salad for either lunch or dinner each day. My other meal will just consist of regular vegan fare. I will try to limit dessert to 3 times a week.
Since I've gotten a bit more comfortable with the Thrive recipes, I have experimented a bit with similar energy bar and smoothie recipes so I can share them with all of you! I must say they both turned out very tasty!
These are far from traditional pancakes. Chock-full of health/vitality-boosting nutrients rather than empty carbs, they will keep you full and energized for hours. I would never try to act like these taste as divine as fluffy, white pancakes slathered in butter and syrup, however they are a great healthy alternative.
And may I please digress for a second and say, look how freaking awesome the view is from my living room!! Not to mention hidden behind those trees is a running/biking trail and a huge building with ice rinks (helloooo hockey!) and [lap] swimming pools. I love Colorado. And my apartment.
Also, it is freezing outside. I'm supposed to run a 5k tomorrow morning, and coincidentally, it is supposed to snow tonight and tomorrow morning. What luck. My lungs are going to hate me.