Last Minute Holiday Desserts Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat

Peanut Butter Swirl Banana Bread

We’re closing in on Thanksgiving and you’re still wondering what to prepare for your guests. With such a wide range of guests in attendance, how can we manage to please them all. Here are some simple solutions that will satisfy the sweet tooth of the majority, while catering to fitness junkies and those with diabetes and gluten sensitivities.

For the recipes below I would substitute synthetic sugars for agave or other natural alternatives. Also, you may want to consider quinoa flour instead of oats for a lower glycemic index, higher nutrient dense subsitute.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Ingredients

3 very ripe bananas

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup egg white

3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

3 tablespoons peanut butter

2 cups oats, blended to make it like a flour

3/4 cup Splenda sugar substitute

1 teaspoon baking soda

For the full recipe visit  Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat Peanut Butter Banana Bread Recipe – Food.com – 296040.

Low Carb Gluten Free Pecan Pie

  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened soy milk (or milk or cream – milk has more carbs, so adjust)
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 1 C sugar equivalent from artificial sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon dark molasses (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon

Click here for the complete recipe


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Sugar Free Healthy Thanksgiving Holiday Solutions for Diabetics

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Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and we all like to enjoy the foods and flavors of the holiday season. This is the worst time of year for the average personal trainer when dealing with American clients. Increasingly people around the world are joining in to the holiday eating frenzy. This video did a great job of explaining some easy alternatives for people during the holidays with regards to food choices, moderation and activity. Here at Active Lifestyle, we don’t promote or endorse the sweetener featured in the video, however there are some great tips. As I have mentioned before, there are tons of alternatives to sugar out there, from using fruits like banana, to using honey or agave. Whatever you decide, enjoy your holiday and remember that making the right choices, practicing moderation and remaining active are the keys to making it through the holiday season without gaining an extra body fat.

3 Foolproof Tips to Stay Slim during the Holiday Season

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The holidays are here and so begins the onslaught of foods and tasty treats. Party after party is serving up snacks, pastries and drinks that are sure to get that waistline bulging. It doesn’t take long to do damage to everything you’ve worked so hard to keep in check all year as those fat cells are sitting there rubbing their grubby palms together in anticipation of extra calories to store.

Last year, I had a personal training client tell me that it was the first year in her life that she didn’t put on weight during the holidays. She awarded me the credit, but the credit belongs to her for following some simple rules during the holiday season. Now I’m here to share a few of the same tips that I gave her during the daunting holiday food festival. Read more of this post

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Banana – Quinoa Flour Muffins (or waffles) dessert recipes (gluten free, egg-free, sugar-free, dairy-free)

Looking for gluten free, flour free desserts or breakfast, well then look no further. It’s amazing all the things that can be done with Quinoa. It can be ground into a flour and used in place of normal white flour. The only thing I would do differently in this recipe is eliminate the sugar and stevia and go with Agave nectar.

BANANA – QUINOA MUFFINS (or waffles)

1/2 cup quinoa flour

1/2 cup quinoa flakes

1/3 cup brown sugar (or 1/3 tsp stevia for sugar-free)

2 TB honey (or 1/8 tsp stevia for sugar-free)

2 tsp baking powder (or 1/2 tsp baking soda mixed with 1 tsp lemon juice)

For the complete recipe:  Banana – Quinoa Flour Muffins (or waffles) dessert recipes (gluten free, egg-free, sugar-free, dairy-free) « Mud Spice: Mucking about in Art and Motherhood.

Does Eating After a Certain Time Hurt Weight Loss? (via BodyByH’)

This question should be answered with, “it depends”…bodybuilders eat before bed. The question is what are they eating before bed and what are their activities, energy requirements and quality of foods consumed during the day? Also when it comes down to purely weight loss… we are not talking about fat or muscle, but weight…it boils down to calories in and calories out. At Active Lifestyle we don’t deal in the realm of weight, but in the realm of body fat, body shape, muscle mass, stability, flexibility, lifestyle and overall health and wellness. The questions we want to know the answer to are…”Are you happy with how your body looks and feels?” and “if not are you committed to taking the steps to change your habits and lifestyle to achieve the change you desire?” Check out this post by an BodyByH about eating timing and feel free to shoot me any questions you may have.

If you have ever tried to lose weight, you’ve heard advice like this before: ‘Don’t eat before going to bed!’ or ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper’… Many people who are trying to lose weight hear these and listen to these “warnings” all the time.  In fact, these two saying are also recommended to people who aren’t trying to lose weight. I will admit, the logic behind this advice sounds reasonable.  I mean i … Read More

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What’s in Fast Food Chicken?

Ever wonder what’s in a Chicken McNugget? Well, probably not. I’ve never wondered. I just look at it and ask myself how can that be chicken? Well for those of you who were not convinced by the movie “Super Size Me”, maybe you need a little more convincing about why you should steer clear of Fast Food as much as you can. And do your children a favor and keep it out of their lives. They may not understand now, but they’ll thank you for it some day.

every day, hoards of Americans consume these ingredients in Chicken McNuggets, which McDonalds claims are “made with white meat, wrapped up in a crisp tempura batter.”

However chicken only accounts for about 50% of a Chicken McNugget. The other 50% includes a large percentage of corn derivatives, sugars, leavening agents and other completely synthetic ingredients, meaning that parts of the nugget do not come from a field or farm at all. They come from a petroleum plant. Hungry?

Scariest perhaps is the fact that this recipe is a new and improved, “healthier” Chicken McNugget launched in 2003 after a federal judge called the deep-fried poultry bites “a McFrankenstein creation of various elements not utilized by the home cook.” Also terrifying is the fact that these McFrankenuggets are overwhelmingly marketed to children who love their fun shapes and kid-friendly size.

 

What’s in Fast Food Chicken? (Hint: It’s NOT Chicken) | Foodie Buzz.

Are You Allergic to Cow’s Milk?

Food allergies are something that are commonly overlooked. We don’t pay much attention to the foods that we eat and how they impact our body unless it’s catastrophic. A fair bit of people are allergic to peanuts (which aren’t really nuts) and nuts in general, but what about the other things surrounding our life?

Many people think that they are lactose intolerant, but actually they just may be allergic to cow’s milk. Cow’s milk allergies are one of the most common allergies.  Here’s a few facts about Cow’s milk to have a closer look at.

1. Cow’s milk is not so easily digestible. This inability to digest leaves behind a residue in the colon which ferments, causing a build up of lactose and gives those uncomfortable symptoms associated with lactose intolerance.

2. 1 in 10 people are allergic to the type of protein contained in Cow’s milk

3.  Cow’s milk causes the body to produce mucous as an allergic reaction.

Mucus Caused  By Processed Milk In The Diet.

Top tips for eating out…

Top Tips for eating out plus a couple more. Eating out has become a major reason for pitfalls in nutritional planning. Often times a person is left thinking, what should I eat? It can be even worse here in Asia where eating is a communal thing and food is ordered and shared by everyone at the table. Essentially, you have no choice to what is available sometimes as one person has done all the ordering of a variety of things he or she thinks is best.

What do we do when faced with these sorts of situations? Well, these top tips address Western methods of dealing with eating out, but what about while in Asia? So here are a few tips that you can try in order to still eat with friends in Asia.

1. Make sure the person ordering simply says “no msg”. Easy to do and will save your body loads in health. For more information on MSG have a look at my article, “Thai Food is Healthy Right? So Why Am I Gaining Weight?”

2. Ask the person to order more vegetables. Typically in Thailand for example there are more “other” things on the plate than vegetables and often times rice is the dominant item on the plate. In Korea, just keep asking for more side dishes.

Want more tips? I’ve got three words for you “Buy My Book”. Just kidding. I got that line from “Wall Street 2” yesterday. But there is always a little truth to every joke =)

Enjoy…

Top tips for eating out... 1.     Eat your calories and drink water. The first question you are always asked upon being seated in a restaurant is what you would like to drink. Choose water and pass on the high-fructose-corn-syrup, sugar, preservatives, caffeine and extra    calories found in most beverages. 2. Take half home. We are annoyed when restaurants don’t over serve us and restaurants have responded accordingly by over supplying huge portions. Italian Restau … Read More

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Four Unexpected Food Facts (via Healthy Benefits of Food)

Each day I designate about an hour to scour the web for useful information and research for personal growth as well as to share with others interested in health and fitness. There is a lot of crap out there these days and finding solid information can sometimes be difficult. Digging through all the garbage to come up with useful information can sometimes be a challenge, but in the end it’s well worth it.

There are some great pieces of information that can help you fine tune your workouts, nutrition and help you modify your lifestyle.

I came across this interesting article with four awesome food facts.

Four Unexpected Food Facts Eat fiber, avoid trans-fat, watch your glycemic load … you’ve got the basics down cold. But nutrition science can be wild and woolly, with more surprises than you might expect. Consider: 1. Mushrooms make vitamin D in sunlight. Most people are aware that the human body makes vitamin D in response to sunlight. Less known is the fact that mushrooms, even picked ones, can perform the same feat – which means that eating mushrooms that have been exp … Read More

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