Perfect Healthy Banana Pumpkin Bread for the Fall

With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are starting to have to attend pot lucks at work or dinners with family and friends. While we enjoy this special time of the year and definitely appreciate the cuisine, we can all agree that the holiday food is the number one reason why most people using make exercise as one of the top goals on our New Year’s resolutions list. To help alleviate the madness of all of the calories of these delicious foods, I’m sharing this healthy banana pumpkin bread.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/3 mashed ripped bananas
  • 2 cups of ground oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/3 of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter
  • 1/2  cup of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of rum
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Nutmeg, all spice, vanilla extract to taste
  • Zest of one lime

In a bowl soften the butter along with the bananas and the brown sugar with the help of a mixer. When the mixture is well incorporated but not smooth, slowly add in the pumpkin spice cookie butter. In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients (ground oatmeal, salt, baking soda, zest of lime, nutmeg, all spice). Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and rum and lastly the combined dried ingredients. Once all of the ingredients are incorporated, pour into a lightly greased loaf pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for an hour or until you insert a fork in the center and it comes out clean.

This light bread can easily been enjoyed with coffee or tea in the morning as part of a breakfast or simply as a guilt-free dessert. Enjoy it warm or straight from the fridge! You can throw in some of your favorite nuts to increase its nutrition value or remove or alter any of the ingredients.

I hope you will enjoy this simple recipe and enjoy the pumpkin season!

Reese

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How to rediscover your backyard

As the summer winds down, some of us still have not been able to take a vacation. While for some, it might be a question of schedule; for most of us, it is usually due to financial reasons. Usually, when planning a vacation, the biggest expenses go to the transportation (plane ticket or car rental) and the lodging. We are so focused on leaving town for vacation that some of us probably have no clue about the many touristic places located right in our own backyard! So, if you have been putting off a vacation due to financial reasons, consider the following options:
Center for performing arts – how many people visit New York and have a Broadway play on their list? While your local performing arts center may not feature some of the A list names you may see on Broadway, you will still be able to catch some of the most famous acts playing there as many of these shows are always on tour. While you might not catch Hollywood’s heartthrob, you also will be saving lots of money!
Tour your city/town – depending on where you live, your tourist destinations will vary but one thing is certain: you will find some amazing facts about any city! So whether you live near the water or the mountains, schedule a city/town tour. Start with your local tourist information center for a list of your city/town’s most iconic locations and choose those that appeal to you. If you live in a larger city, contact one of the many companies specialized in city tours and join them.
Enjoy the natural sites – if you live in a coastal city, take a trip to the beach. If you live near mountains, go on a hike. Whichever one applies to you, just be sure to really take the time and enjoy being in nature: listen to the waves, bask in the sun (with proper sun protection!), take a deep breath at the top of a mountain and take in the beautiful view. You will find these sites to be quite relaxing, no matter which one you do, nature is a very effective source of peace.
Participate in events – if you have not done so, create an account with one of many websites promoting various deals throughout your area. They usually list all types of specials in your area ranging from concerts, shows, spa deals, or any special events that may be happening in your area. These are great money savers as they have events that are sometimes as low as $8!
There are still a few weeks left to enjoy summer, so I hope you will be able to take some time to yourself to ensure that you relax and take a break from your daily responsibilities. While you may not leave town as you were probably hoping to do, I guarantee you that you will definitely discover a lot of new places that you did not know existed in your city! Remember, it is imperative to your health (both mental and physical) that you take some time to recharge. Weekends and/or a day off are not enough, you need to take time to remove yourself from your daily activities and give yourself time to appreciate the simple things in life for a little while.

Enjoy!
Reese