Saturday, February 26, 2011

Here for the Fight

Banana Walnut Softserve. Even better than the original with the addition of walnuts.

I'm sensing that there is a little bit of misperception about me out there in the blogosphere. It's pretty understandable, given the fact that I have a healthy food blog and all. That misperception is that I eat perfectly all of the time. There is no such thing that I know of.

I wish it were true, but it's absolutely not. I struggle with overeating on a daily basis. Just because I have finally figured a few things out about compulsive eating does not make me a "normal" eater. In fact, it just makes me even more aware of how abnormal my eating and thought patterns are.

But what is really important to note is that I am not throwing in the towel. The old me would have a bad day or a few bad days and just say, "What the heck. I'll never be able to stay on this food plan and achieve a healthy weight. I might as well eat whatever I want."

My struggles are new. No longer am I fighting with junk food. Anything that had a mother or a face turns my stomach to the point where it's not at all hard to say no. Refined sugar tastes way to sweet.

But healthy food, that's another story. I'm still struggling with eating too much of it. But the old me who would give up--she's long gone. This me is here for the fight. Just thought you might want to know that.  

Raw Banana Walnut Softserve 
serves 1

1 1/2 frozen bananas broken into chunks
6 walnuts
splash of almond milk

Place all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor and blend, stopping to scrape down sides of container as necessary, until misture is the consistency of softserve. If using high powered blender, tamp down continuously throughout the blending process.

The good news about these "cookies" is that a sugar addict can eat them without losing control! They are only slightly sweet and would make a great breakfast for someone on the go.

Lightly Sweet Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Cakies
inspired by a recipe from Clean Food by Terry Walters
makes 2 dozen cakies

2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats (or 1/2 cup oats and 1/2 cup unprocessed wheat bran)
2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place peeled bananas in a medium bowl and mash. Add applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract and stir.

In a seperate medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients except chocolate chips.  Add the banana mixture to the dry mixture and stir to combine (do not overstir). Fold in chocolate chips.

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using a teaspoon, scoop heaping spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet and smush down a little. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until edges start to get brown and crisp. Remove from oven and place cakies on wire rack to cool.


Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner said...

YAY for low sugar cookies!!! :D I love your recipe for Banana Soft Serve!!! :D

Love ya!

Amy said...

Hopefully some day I'll be able to say no to the things that I should say no to. I am just starting on my journey to healthy eating and I seem to be having more setbacks (failures) sometimes, than successes, but I am in for the long haul. I keep going back to trying to eat healthy even after I have a bad meal/snack. Someday I'll get there.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the cookie and soft serve recipes! I am going to make the cookies today. You are inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Love the honesty, Wendy! I am completely in the same boat. It'd be nice to never have the struggle, but then I guess the growth wouldn't be so sweet.

Sherry said...

Wendy: Love the recipe. I stumbled on the frozen banana treat when I was mixing bananas for another desert. I always freeze mine if I can't use thme up before they turn too black. The result of the frozen mix was sooooo yummy! Thansk for the idea for the walnuts!

babsbeau said...

@Amy - there are no failures as long as you are trying. There is only learning. Give yourself some credit for the effort. (I say this to you because I need to remember it myself!)

I just may try this recipe this evening. I've been on a sugar tear and need to have something I can reach for instead. Thanks!

Virtually Vegan Mama said...

I am here for the battle too...that's the primary reason I started my finally win this one...and it's working...I've lost 17 lbs since January 1st just by eating a plant-based diet! oh, and I cheat, don't think I don't either...90/10 works for me and has helped me finally be successful after yo-yo dieting for entire family is so happy and healthy! Loving this journey!

JL goes Vegan said...

I loved this post, Wendy. I think sometimes we approach life with all or nothing. I'm a good eater, I'm a bad eater. I work out, I don't work out. What I've finally learned is that all of this is a process. Sometimes we lean one way more than the other, but that's part of the process. Thank you for reminding all of us of the human nature of living (and blogging!)

Anonymous said...

You seem to have read my mind....for almost a year [a record for me...usually 6 months I am on and 6 months off] I have been staying on track, exercising and eating well. A Wellness Challenge that started 6 weeks ago [based on the Engine 2 Diet], got me eating plant strong and in turn led me to your blog [which Thank Goodness for as I have gained SOO much valuable information from you already]....I probably never would have totally given up meat but knew I could do for six, seven weeks so was no huge effort. I now know I want to live like this. Will I ever eat meat again, I am thinking that I probably will but it will be the rare occasion.

Anyway to the point of your blog, I still struggle with the over eating, fortunately much less often and with much healthier food....Friday, was a BAD night.....I made yummy nutty, fruity, granolas bars and downed WAY too many of them....normally, that would mark the start of a bad few days but I got up the next morning, took a walk and ate really well for the next couple of days...

PROGRESS!! I am a work in PROGRESS!!

Michelle said...

I made soft serve yesterday afternoon, but I added chocolate chips to mine. :o)
Those cookies sound so good. I must make those! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Dani- danielleislosingit said...

Loving all the softserve recipes. Haven't tried this one yet, but the other have been great! Now I have my dessert for tomorrow:)

Nicole @ Of Cookies and Carrots said...

I have some self control issues too but it almost feels silly saying it because generally what i overdo are fruits and vegetables... still not sure that it's the wisest thing ever to eat almost half a watermelon though lol

that banana walnut softserve looks PHENOMENAL and so creamy! I love banana soft serve :)

thanks so much for your comment on my blog! <3

exercisefoodandbeyond said...

These look great, I love the banana-coconut combination.

Sonya said...

I made the Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Cakies and they were phenomenal!! Is there a way to find out the nutritional value of them?

cody said...

This is an excellent recipe. A great Sunday morning snack! I am definitely going to make these again and again!!

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