Alison Boston, Baking, Food, Isagenix, Recipes, Vegetarian, Weight loss

Protein Banana Bread


The man who eats most of my cooking loves banana bread. He thinks nothing of going to Starbucks and buying 2 pieces of their banana bread, then wolfing them down faster than I can say: “Ooooh, I’ll have a corner of that.”

Nah – he has them in his mouth and down the hatch before I even realize he’s got them.

One slice of Canadian Starbucks banana bread has 430 calories, so two pieces gives you a whopping 860 calories, or roughly 1/4-1/3 of a 6-foot tall man’s daily requirement.  When you replace the calories for one meal with calories from simple carbohydrates, which is what Starbucks banana bread is, your nutrition suffers. When that happens, all sorts of things go wrong. You’re tired all time, forgetful, easily stressed, maybe even depressed. Not good. So I’m working on making a truly healthy banana bread.

Here’s my latest take on the Isagenix Banana Bread.

Mix together in a large bowl:

  • 3 scoops IsaLean French Vanilla Pro
    1 scoop IsaLean Black Sesame
    1/2 cup muesli
    1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    1/4 cup rye flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp baking soda
    1/3 cup chia seeds
    1/4 cup raw cacao nibs

Mix together in a blender, bullet, or bowl with electric mixer, or whatever tool you have.

  • 2 1/2 very ripe, large bananas
    1/4 cup Cultured almond milk
    2 large eggs

Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet, mix together with a spoon or spatula just enough to wet the dry ingredients, then pour into three mini-loaf pans lined with oiled parchment paper, and bake for about 30 minutes at about 350.

Each mini loaf is 4 servings. Here’s a table comparing the macro nutrients in my banana bread with those in Starbucks.

Nutrient Alison Amazed’s Isagenix Banana Bread Cn’dn Starbucks Banana Bread
Calories 191 430
Fat (gram) 7.5 17
Carbohydrates (gram) 22.8 63
Sugars (gram) 9.2 35
Protein (gram) 9.3 6
Alison Boston, Food, Weight loss

Dancing with Food

Weight loss is a dance with food and eating habits. You resolve to lose weight, change your ways – lose a few pounds then your body screams to grab it back.  I WANT THAT FAT says the body, starved for real nutrition.   HEY NOT SO FAST as the pounds and inches melt away and a skinnier you emerges from folds of flesh, and whoa, there’s my ribcage! I knew I had ribs.  And not the BBQ kind. And there’s my waistline.  WOW! Somehow, deep inside the double XL, it managed to survive.

How did I get so overweight? I carried my weight well, people said, disbeleiving that I weighed 205 pounds.  And so I got away with it.

10 weeks into this weight-loss thing and I got on the scales this morning and voila – 181! 181! Wow! That’s 24 pounds. So the tape measure comes out and I measure everywhere, even my neck, and I’m down a whopping 37 inches, including an inch off my neck. AN INCH OFF MY NECK! WAS I REALLY THAT FAT?  How can you store fat on your neck?

And so – this evening I eat. First evening in a long while that I’m snacking. First a bag of BBQ whey thins – these high protein crispy things that take up the spot of a salty snack.

Then about a dozen organic strawberries.

Then an Isa Delight chocolate.

Okay, so there’s nothing wrong with any of that. But then my friend comes in with a bag of fruit from the organic market and hands me a pint of the absolutely most beautiful raspberries.

Oh, okay – nothing wrong with a few raspberries.  But hey wait a minute didn’t I just eat strawberries?  Isn’t there something about quantity of food, as much as quality of food, that packs the pounds on?

Then I see his bag of organic cheddar popcorn…just because it says organic all over the bag doesn’t make it healthy.  4 handfuls of cheddar popcorn later…my hand is now in the raisin jar.

THE RAISIN JAR!? How the hell did my hand find it’s way into that?

And so the dance continues. Tomorrow I’ll fast. Yes, I won’t eat. I’ll just drink the magic elixir that comes with my 30-day cleanse and weight-loss kit and eat the little whey tablets they call chewables, and drink water, and at some point, about 6 ounces of my home made ginger-lavender kombucha, just to keep the gut’n’brain bacteria healthy.

And after about 36 hours of not eating, I’ll get that magic energy and incredible clarity of mind that comes with fasting.

And my body practices and learns this new dance step called intermittent fasting. It’s the latest weight-loss fad. Is it a fad, or is it maybe the real thing?