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JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (77,141)
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11/19/12 3:16 P

Try using unsweetened applesauce instead of oil and you can usually get away with only using half the amount of sugar in a recipe or doing half splenda/half sugar.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 11/19/2012 (15:17)
ZAHRA35 SparkPoints: (25,755)
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11/19/12 1:06 P

My banana nut bread has a whole lot of vegetable oil, sugar, and white bread. Scary stuff. And I'm eating like three slices a day. But yeah, I'll try it with whole wheat and brown sugar. Good idea!

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11/19/12 12:59 P

ZAHRA35,

If you find yourself tempted by some of the baked goods you make, just remember the happiness they'll bring to the person you give them too.

Personally, I don't see anything wrong with banana bread either as long as you are mindful of the portion. Spark People isn't about deprivation or dieting. It's all about moderation and portion control. a slice of banana bread, fries, cookies, chips, etc.. CAN all be a part of a healthy lifestyle as long as you watch the portion.

I can't imagine living a life where I wasn't allowed to eat something because I was afraid I'd gain weight. That's not healthy either. that's a diet.

Moderation, not deprivation or guilt.


JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (77,141)
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11/19/12 12:21 P

What's wrong with banana bread? There's some great low fat, low cal recipes for banana bread on Spark Recipes.

I eat a homemade muffin or banana/zucchini bread nearly every morning for breakfast. It hasn't affected my weight loss at all. Unless you're worried about binge eating. I always adapt my recipes and use brown sugar, less than the recipe calls for. If the recipe calls for more than 1 egg, I use liquid egg beaters and I use wheat/oat bran and whole wheat flour. My banana breads are only 80-100 cals per serving. Nuts are a healthy fat.

To avoid emotional eating. Plan out when you're going to eat it well in advanced.


Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 11/19/2012 (12:23)
ZAHRA35 SparkPoints: (25,755)
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11/19/12 10:36 A

I baked this for Thanksgiving and I have to give it away to my aunt. Hopefully she's not on a diet. I trained myself to loathe banana bread. I think I can control myself though. There are other means of finding happiness and savoring the pleasures of life. For example, I like to relax with sounds of nature and hypnosis. I keep emotionally healthy through self help. I strive for my goals and do my job search and run my business for happiness. I go over my accomplishments at the end of the day and feel proud. Other sources of happiness is reading books. Spirituality helps too. I feel good about myself when I exercise. The euphoria gets me going. Also there's socializing... So many outlets for comfort other than banana nut bread!

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