Long time, no see! I am FINALLY on the downslope of my busy time. It feels like I’ve been nose to the grindstone for way too long. This afternoon I’ll be giving my final presentation for one of my summer classes in Human Nutrition. The topic I selected is “Is Stevia Safe?” which was pretty interesting, although a little too heavy in biochemistry for my taste.
In case you’re interested, after reviewing the research, I still feel comfortable using stevia in moderation (I use it to sweeten my tea), but I believe more research is warranted, especially human studies. The European Commission has yet to approve stevia and I believe it is still only approved as a dietary supplement in Canada.
Did everyone have a nice, long weekend? I took some pretty pictures at the beach including some with sea lions. They’re cute but stinky.
I also want to talk about an awesome new dessert making soft-serve from frozen bananas. If you read a lot of food blogs like I do, then this recipe probably doesn’t come as a surprise. I’m not sure where I first read about it, but I’m obviously not going to take credit for coming up with this delicious concoction. Whether you’re vegan or not, this is a really healthy and absolutely delicious dessert. I HIGHLY recommend trying it.
This recipes makes two large servings (click here for a printable recipe). First, cut two ripe bananas into slices. Then, freeze the slices. When you’re ready to make the soft-serve, put the slices into a food processor (not a blender). Add two tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of agave syrup, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract. Run it in the food processor for a good five minutes. You’ll go from this:
Served in a bowl:
You’ll swear this was made with heavy cream but it’s actually the frozen bananas that give the texture of soft-serve/ice cream. It’s YUMMY!!!
See you soon when I’m relaxing in my post-busy world!
P.S. Thanks for everyone’s comments regarding my possible consulting assignment in the last post. Turns out I did not take the assignment and I was happy with my decision. I believe there will be more opportunities for me in the future that aren’t stress-filled. After all, I’m NOT looking to add unwarranted stress to my life no matter how much I get paid.