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Creatively Eating Healthy: Online and Offline Alternatives to Recipe Sites

Creatively Eating Healthy: Online and Offline Alternatives to Recipe Sites

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No matter how keen we are on eating healthy, sometimes we are just out of ideas on what to eat today. Googling recipes don't always help. All we get are dry instructions with the impossibility of predicting whether it will be tasty, before we actually make it first. This usually ends up being a hit and miss… Here’s how to spice up your healthy menu:

Stay up to date with Reddit for innovative ideas

There are some awesome subreddits out there, I recommend especially: r/Cooking, r/Baking, r/Recipes and r/Healthyfood. The Reddit crowd picks up food trends and promotes innovative solutions. If you’re up for some experimentation in the kitchen, it’s the place for you. For instance, check what Reddit bakers have to say on unusual baking ingredients.

Join baking and cooking forums

Some of the most popular ones are Chef Talk and Discuss Cooking. Meet the people who are also passionate about food. Swap tips, inspire each other, get some advice, and get cooking. What’s cool about the forums is the instant feedback and comments on the recipes. That way you know a recipe is good without trying it out first!

Follow someone who inspires you

I’m sure you already have found someone who inspires you to start eating healthy and stay fit. Follow them on social networks and see what recipes they have checked out and what they’re recommending. That way you’re more likely to find a recipe that’s spot on, full of flavour and gets your taste buds going!

That’s Pinterest-ing!

If photos are more inspiring for you than a dry list of ingredients with a set of cooking instructions, pinterest is the place for you. You can either follow message boards created by popular healthy eating experts or just type a word that comes to your mind: smoothie, bran muffins, you name it! You will find it all. What’s more, you can pin all these interesting things to your own board to try out later.

Swap meals with a friend

If you have a fellow healthy food enthusiast, but you both complain from lack of ideas - swap your favourite meals! What’s an everyday food for you might be completely unusual for your friend. Prepare the dish, meet up and...swap! You might just discover a new favourite! If you want to cook it for yourself, ask your friend to teach you how, step by step.

Feeling inspired?

Boredom in the kitchen is a first step to a slippery slope into unhealthy comfort foods. Prevent it by seeking inspiring ideas for your day to day diet. If google search fails - reach out to the more unconventional resources. Healthy food equals healthier YOU!

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About the Author

Charlotte Wright is the founder of the Muffin Paradise blog: baking paleo, gluten-free and traditional muffins. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Triple-Layered Vegan and Gluten free Berry Banana Bread

Triple-Layered Vegan and Gluten free Berry Banana Bread

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A couple days ago I got the chance to go to the “Strawberry Festival” that’s held here in Costa Rica each year to help our local berry growers and farmers from a zone that was damaged by an earthquake back in 2009. Now, strawberries are my favorite fruit so you can guess I came back home with around 3kg of strawberries, and not only that, but also 1kg of blackberries. Naturally I had to find a way to use up all of that fruit, so I came up with a fantastic layered banana bread recipe for you guys! I’m bringing all of my favorites for this: oats, bananas and berries. And of course: it can be modified to fit everyone’s dietary needs; I got you on that one!

How to make triple-layered gluten free berry banana bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour (oat or almond)
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups applesauce (or two eggs)
  • 4-5 big strawberries
  • 1/4 cup blackberries (or blueberries)

vegan gluten free triple layered banana bread

Mix all ingredients together except for the strawberries and blackberries until well combined. You can use a food processor or do it by hand. Separate the mixture into three equal parts; these will be the base for your layers.

First layer: It’s done! You don’t have to add anything else, so go ahead and pour it into your loaf pan.

Second layer: Mash your strawberries until a purée is formed and mix in with the banana bread base. You can use your food processor for all of this to make it WAY easier. Once the mixture gets pink, pour it into your loaf pan. Your middle layer’s all done!

Third layer: Again, mash your blackberries or blueberries until puréed and mix in with the base until it gets purple, pour into your loaf pan. Done!

Now you can decorate with more berries, or simply place it in the oven (at 370°F) for around 40-50 minutes, keep checking on it. It’s done when a toothpick comes out clean. Once you get it out of the oven, hide it from your friends and family because we all know you don’t want to share this beauty, do you? (Just kidding, sharing is caring). Enjoy!

This triple-layered berry gluten free berry banana bread is a recipe by PumpUp member mariajumps. Keep her pumped on the PumpUp app here!

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