Foods That Fuel: Spelt Banana Bread

June 16, 2011 1:23 AM

Spelt Banana BreadLife is busy, we all know this, but a GOTG (Girl on the Go) needs the right fuel.

For some reason we’re capable of keeping all the other pieces of the puzzle together and multi-tasking like superheroines, but our dietary requirements often fall by the wayside. Eating becomes the last thing on our priority list, which is silly because when we eat badly, we feel badly.

Most people say that preparing real food is way more complicated than just buying it. While that might be partly true – it is easier to fork over an obscene amount of money for something that is probably full of preservatives and carbs and it does taste good –  it’s actually not good for us at all. And it’s not that much harder to make our own food, it just requires a little planning… but that’s where we excel, right?

What I like to do is make the majority of my food at the beginning of the week. I like to use Sunday afternoon/evening getting ready for the food-week. I know that if I don’t do it Sunday, it’s a lost cause and I’ll be spending ALL of my money at the food court or at coffee shops or on baked goods I know I shouldn’t be eating.

A healthy baked good I am madly in love with right now is spelt banana bread. I like to make a big ole loaf of it on Sunday afternoons, slice it up and pop it in the freezer. I’ll also prepare few containers with blueberries and raspberries and stack them up in my fridge. In the mad rush of the morning, all I have to do is grab my fruit and my banana bread before I race out the door and I’ve got the perfect breakfast or snack for that 3pm slump when a lot of us go for chocolate.

I use this great recipe for Spelt Banana Bread from Cucina.

Cucina’s Spelt Banana Bread

Spelt flour
2 cups
Butter half a cup
Brown sugar 1 cup
Baking soda 1 teaspoon
Eggs 2
Very ripe bananas 3
Chopped almonds half a cup
Vanilla 1 teaspoon
Cinnamon 1 teaspoon
Salt half a teaspoon

Get the full recipe and Chef’s Tips here.

It’s a good idea to avoid white flours late in the afternoon because they’ll make you want to sleep instead of staying focused and being productive. I find that spelt is a great alternative and it’s higher in fiber and protein than white flour.  I also like to add some of the good stuff I might have in my cupboards to give the recipe extra crunch and a bit more flavour: toasted pumpkin seeds, goji berries, raisins, pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, and my favourite – cacao nibs.

Cacao nibs are one of those cool superfoods that contain a lot of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and mood modifiers. They’re also high in magnesium and really satisfy your sweet cravings. This banana bread is not low-calorie, but it’s real food with calories from worthwhile ingredients.

Trust me, we can be busy working women and eat healthy too! All we need to do is organize and, more importantly, prioritize our meals and snacks the way we do everything else and we’ll be healthier, have more energy and enjoy our food much more.

I’ll be back with more suggestions for foods that fuel you! Let me know if you have any questions or requests in the comments section below.


4 Responses to Foods That Fuel: Spelt Banana Bread

  1. Alma on June 16, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Wonderful! Keep up the good work! I am going to try this recipe just as you suggest on Sunday afternoon. Yes…I have been introduced to spelt flour through a co-worker who has access to it from the Speerville mill in Speerville, N.B.

  2. Zoe on June 17, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    That’s great Alma!! Speerville Mill does do a great job! Enjoy your Sunday afternoon baking, and your spelt banana bread!!

  3. Jill Peters on June 20, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    This sounds really good. I’m going to give it a try on the weekend!

  4. surplus and cheap on July 11, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Although down to everyones own opinion, So I think it’s important that each of us has their chance to express their side.