Heart Healthy Banana Bread

Heart Healthy Banana bread is low in saturated fat and sodium, rich in potassium and a source of fiber and plant stanols shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels.

This heart healthy banana bread is not only delicious, it has the benefits of  plant stanols, the natural way to reduce blood cholesterol levels.

 

Bake some bread. It’s February’s Recipe Redux theme! In keeping with my commitment to  heart month,  I’m baking  banana bread with benefits for your ticker. It’s  low in saturated fat and sodium,  rich in nutrients like potassium and a source of fiber and plant stanols.

For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with plant stanols, let me briefly explain. Plant stanol esters  work by reducing the absorption of cholesterol from the digestive tract. They are naturally found in many fruits, vegetables and grains,  but because these foods have only trace amounts, you would have to consume ridiculous quantities everyday, to see  a signficant effect on  blood cholesterol (i.e. 12 pounds of broccoli, 29 pounds of carrots and 60 pounds of tomatoes).    This challenge has been overcome by fortifying foods with stanols and sterols. New food products, with the added benefit of sterol/stanol esters, may provide a more healthful alternative to high-saturated fat, high-cholesterol products such as butter.

This banana bread was made using one of these relatively new food products with the added benefit of plant stanols (Benecol®) . It’s simple to use because it is a direct substitute for butter or oil in recipes. Enjoying your favorite foods can be good for your heart if you make the proper substitutions.

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Heart Healthy Banana Bread


  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Benecol
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 .5 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons crushed pistachios

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a piece of waxed paper, spread a light layer of Benecol inside a 8″ baking loaf. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together Benecol, sugar, eggs, milk and lemon juice.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flours, baking powder,baking soda and spices. 
  4. Gently fold in the dry ingredients to the Benecol mixture and add mashed bananas.
  5. Pour batter into prepped baking loaf and sprinkle top with chopped pistachios.  
  6. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes


Nutrition

  • Calories: 171kcal
  • Sugar: 17g
  • Sodium: 117mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 37mg

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Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken

Panera at Home soup accompanies a  Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken for a ‘better for you meal’ made  in the comfort of your own home. Copy Cat Panera SaladDisclosure: I received free samples of Panera at Home Soups.  I  was not financially compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. 

This past weekend was beautiful , and I had the  opportunity to spend some time  with a dear friend of mine, Pam,  visiting from Delaware. Pam and I were roommates years decades  ago at the University of Delaware. Both RDs with different career paths, it’s fun to catch up!  While we both love to cook,  our good intentions of making a Saturday night  meal of Chicken Agrodolce with Creamy Polenta, never came to be. But that’s ok.  Sometimes, you have to rethink homemade.

Enter Panera  at Home. It just so happened that the good folks at Panera helped me stock my refrigerator for the weekend with an assortment of  Panera Bread at Home soups. These easy to heat containers of savory soup gave me  the flexibility of  enjoying  picture perfect weather outside, riding bicycles and strolling the beach, without the need to rush back to make supper. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than being able to kick back in the comfort of my own kitchen and quickly assemble a delicious meal that’s ‘better for you’.  I  heated Panera at Home’s Turkey Sausage,  Kale and Quinoa  Soup (garnished it with a sage leaf) and put together my version  of Panera’s  Ancient Grain and Arugula Salad with Chicken.

I ‘m a long time Panera Bread customer because I apprecipate their beliefs of Food as it Should Be (and they have great hazelnut coffee too)!

• Free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners,colors or flavors from artifical sources.

• Savored and enjoyed. At a table. Alone or together with family and friends.

• Raised Responsibly. Sourced from farms that respect the food they produce.

• Personalized. Curated and customizable menus so you can eat the way you want.

If you’re like me and  frequent Panera Bread for the above reasons, you can now enjoy  the convenience of the Panera Bread at Home for times when it’s fitting to Rethink Homemade. Click here for a Panera at Home soup coupon to serve  this delicious soup…Copy Cat Panera Salad to go with this Panera Soupalong with the  salad I’m sharing today (recipe below).

 

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Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken

Panera at Home soup accompanies a  Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken for a ‘better for you meal’ made  in the comfort of your own home.

  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup precooked long grain and wild rice
  • 1 cup broccoli slaw mix ( broccoli and carrots)
  • 1 gala aple diced
  • 3 cups lettuce (romaine and red leaf)
  • 4 ounces sliced roasted chicken breast
  • 12 red grapes, cut in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 tablspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Instructions

In a salad bowl, add cooked rice, broccoli slaw mix, apples, lettuce, chicken, grapes.  Toss. Set aside. In a small prep bowl combine salt, Pomegranate juice, vinegar, honey and oil. Whisk. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Divide between two plates. Note: May substitute Panera Fuji Apple Vinaigrette Dressing .

Nutrition

  • Calories: 269
  • Sugar: 11 grams
  • Sodium: 326 mg
  • Fat: 4 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 1 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 44 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams
  • Protein: 16 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0
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