i haven’t posted about the results of my fuel cycle yet… i’ll write my final thoughts in a closing post. but i will disclose that there was a total of 15lbs lost over in this house over the past two weeks! (5 lbs by me; 10 lbs by the hubs!)
i would say the biggest take-away of the fuel cycle for me (besides the weightloss), was the fact that the fuel cycle forced me to think about the variety of meals i was eating.
it also added to my prep time.
my husband and i had gotten in the rut of eating very similar things for both breakfast and lunch. over the past two weeks, i HAD to branch out: finding new meals– and prepping them.
come saturday night, i was thinking that we needed something super easy in the morning (an E day) so we could get out of the house and to church on time. so… i calculated, brought out some handy E ingredients and began tampering.
the result? an nice protein-packed banana breakfast!
here’s the recipe!
banana bread (gluten free, low-fat, E)
1/2 c rolled oats
3/4 c gluten free flour/ oat flour (aldi has a new gluten free line!
1/4 c protein powder*
1/2 t salt
1 TBS flax
1 TBS baking powder
5 TBS xylitol (or other THM-approved sweetener, sugar, etc.)
3/4 c unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 c egg whites
1 tsp butter extract
2 medium bananas
preheat the oven to 350.
grease/spray a 8×8 baking pan.
put all the dry ingredients together (minus the bananas) and mix evenly before adding the wet ingredients. mash the bananas in the mixture very well. (i actually threw everything in my kitchen aid and didn’t care about the order. feel free to follow my example, if you have said appliance. )
put in the over for 30-35 minutes.
cut into 6 or 9 servings.
1/6th of the recipe = 175 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 8 grams protein, 28 carbs (3 fiber)
1/9th of the recipe = 118 calories, 1 gram of fat, 5 grams protein, 18 carbs (2 fiber)
*btw, my protein powder has a vanilla flavor to it, so i didn’t add any extra vanilla in the recipe. if you are working with plain protein powder, you might want to add a splash of vanilla extract.
made this saturday night, covered it… and it was wonderful to just grab and go sunday morning! kept really well for a snack the next day, too!
with it being so easy to make and even easier to take with us, this will probably become a saturday night/sunday morning regular!
stayed tuned in the next couple of days, as i will be posting a recipe for an AWESOME fuel pull angel food cake (for non-THMers, that means low-fat, low-carb). it is always PACKED with protein! included will be a sweet strawberry rhubarb sauce that makes for the perfect topping!
just as a little note, some people find that bananas can stall their weightloss a little, especially if eaten by themselves. since this bread balances their natural glucose-spiking tendency with fiber and protein, i didn’t find it to be a problem for me.