Strawberry Chocolate Banana Cake #FoodBloggerLove Reveal and Giveaway

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Welcome to the #FoodBloggerLove reveal post! Today we reveal who our secret assignment blogs were and why they are so special!
Food Blogger Love benefits No Kid Hungry. As food bloggers we recognize the need to spread the word about this important organization. You can find out more about and donate here on their website.
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Special thanks to Allison, Jess and Sharon from The Pinterest Test Kitchen for organizing this event!

My secret food blog is Two Lazy Gourmets.

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Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin are the lazy foodies behind Two Lazy Gourmets and coauthors of The Lazy Gourmet cookbook (Viva Editions, 2011).

You’ll find a wide array of recipes from appetizers like Thai Chicken Satay to desserts like Maple-Glazed Bacon Beignets!
Here’s what the bloggers wanted me to know about them:

I love food that is full of flavor, generally healthy, and deceptively easy to make. I especially love spicy food and Asian food of all sorts (Indian, Thai, Burmese, Chinese, etc.) I like desserts, especially chocolate, vanilla, coconut, banana, caramel, peanut butter (any of the latter combined with chocolate is heaven!)

I heard the dessert part loud and clear! How does a banana cake with a creamy chocolate center, topped with strawberry glaze, peanut powder, coconut and fresh strawberries sound?
Strawberry Chocolate Banana Cake

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Enjoy ladies, this dessert was created with you in mind!

Strawberry Chocolate Banana Cake

Yield: 9

Serving Size: 1 each

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup ripe bananas, mashed (about 2)
  • 1 egg
  • Filling
  • Chocolate spread or ganache
  • 1/2 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup peanut powder

Instructions

  1. Place flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, bananas,and half buttermilk in a mixing bowl.Mix about 1 minute.
  2. Add remaining liquid and egg and beat about 2 to 3 minutes to smooth batter a bit.
  3. Pour into greased and floured 9-inch square pan.
  4. Bake at 350 until browned and toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Cool on rack and slice when completely cooled.
  6. Spread top of bottom layer with chocolate and place back together.
  7. Spread top layer with strawberry preserve. Dust with peanut powder and coconut. Layer on sliced strawberries.
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Learn more about this terrific twosome at Two Lazy Gourmets!

URL: www.twolazygourmets.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheLazyGourmet
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Fruity Hemp Seed Pancakes #BreadBakers

Fruity Hemp Seed Pancakes

Fruity Hemp Seed Pancakes

Welcome to another fun edition from the #BreadBakers group! This month we’re showing off our griddle breads! This month’s Bread Bakers is hosted by Anshie at SpiceRoots http://www.spiceroots.com/

 

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I’m a pancake nut. I love them with fruit, whole grains, chocolate chips, nuts, you name it. I’ll try it pancake style!
Fruity Hemp Seed Pancakes take dried blueberries, ginger applesauce, nutty hemp seed hearts and wow! Eggless, fruity delicious, buttermilk griddle cakes.
These pancakes are great plain or with honey or your favorite syrup or honey.
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Fruity Hemp Seed Pancakes

Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoons hemp seed hearts

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all ingredients. Fry on a lightly greased griddle, (flip once) until thoroughly cooked and golden brown.
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#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com.

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It’s a Wing Thing UnCommonGoods Style #FreshTastyValentines #giveaway

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It’s a Wing Thing UnCommonGoods Style for today’s #FreshTastyValentines !

It’s our last post in the series. I hope you enjoyed all the tasty recipes and entered our fantastic giveaway! There is still time to enter today!

Thank you again to my fellow #FreshTastyValentines bloggers and sponsors for making this week a reality! Thanks Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla for hosting this event!

Everyone has an opinion on what makes great wings. Marinate them? Bread them? Bake or deep fry? Dipping sauce? Bleu Cheese and celery? What do you do?
One thing I think we can agree on is if there’s wings, there’s a party!
If you are planning on throwing a party then UncommonGoods is a great place to start!
UnCommonGoods has the freshest selection around for preparing and serving food and drinks. The site also carries unique gift items including jewelry, home decor and gifts sure to please any man or woman in your life. 

Maybe a little something for yourself. Like this Cheese & Cracker Board to get the party started!

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I love these beautiful Stemless Aerating Wine Glasses. Perfect for everyday or a hit at the party! Even better with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi  !

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It’s a Wing Thing UnCommonGoods Style. I like to bake wings but that doesn’t mean wings need to be boring.  I marinated these wings in TLish Asian Sesame dressing, breaded and baked at 375 for about 30 minutes. Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees. Drizzle cooked wings with additional sauce from the jar. Your guests will rave about these Asian style wings!

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Looking for something a bit different? Try these wings I made with the help of Not Ketchup Tangerine Hatch Chile and Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Heart Seeds.

Mix 1/4 cup Not Ketchup Tangerine Hatch Chile with 1 cup mayo. Coat wings in mixture, roll coated wings in a mixture of 1/2  Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Heart Seeds and 1/2 of your favorite bread crumb. Bake at 375 for about 30 minutes. Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees.

Make a great dipping sauce by mixing equal parts Not Ketchup Tangerine Hatch Chile with sour cream!

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Learn more about all our wonderful sponsors below and enter our giveaway!



Not Ketchup was created by Erika Kerekes who also writes the kitchen blog In Erika’s Kitchen. She shares: “When we think of ketchup, we think tomatoes. But it hasn’t
always been that way. The first ketchups were actually made several centuries
ago from pickled, fermented fish in China, Malaysia and Indonesia.” Not Ketchup got its name because the United States has bizarre regulations about what can be labeled as ‘ketchup.’ Since Not Ketchup does not contain
any tomatoes, according to the powers that be, it’s Not Ketchup. Not Ketchup is providing one #FreshTastyValentines winner with a bottle of their NEW No-Sugar Added Tangerine Hatch Chile fruit ketchup. Keep an eye out for event recipes that feature the newest flavor of Not Ketchup!

Tangerine Hatch Chile Not Ketchup:
T.Lish began because each Christmas, Tiffany Denson would make dozens of mason jars filled
with her signature dressing and marinade for her neighbors, friends, and family. Then, they began requesting the sauce throughout the year; a neighbor recommended she start selling it retail. She did. And word spread. T.Lish is Tiff’s line of all natural and extremely
versatile dressings, marinades and sauces. They are providing a prize package of their three marinades and dressings to one #FreshTastyValentines winner. Keep an eye out for event recipes that feature the T.Lish dressings and marinades!
 

 

 

UncommonGoods was founded by Dave Bolotsky who, at a craft show at the Smithsonian in 1999, was captivated by the unique handmade goods and the craftsman behind them. He had a vision to create an online
venue to connect makers to individuals searching for special and uncommon goods.

UncommonGoods (www.uncommongoods.com) is an web-based marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at
affordable prices. They are providing one #FreshTastyValentines winner a $150 gift certificate for a shopping spree at the online marketplace. Particularly timely for this time of year – glassware for when you uncork a bottle of wine with you sweetheart (here), or the corkcickle in case you forget to put the beer or wine to chill ahead of time (here). And I might just have to leave this link – for Valentines’ gifts – open on my computer!

 


While there’s been a growing awareness of whole grain
benefits in recent years, Bob’s Red Mill been providing whole grain
products to customers since 1978. Their philosophy: provide whole grain foods that have
endured the test of time. They are providing one #FreshTastyValentines winner with a package of
Hulled Hemp Seed Hearts. With a nut-like
flavor and creamy texture, their hulled hemp seeds are a nutritious, healthy, and delightful addition recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Keep an eye out for event recipes that feature the hulled hemp seed hearts!

 

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi began over thirty years ago, when Robert Mondavi had a goal of getting great California wine on every table in America. In
1979 he established the Woodbridge Winery near his childhood home of Lodi,
California to make fruit-focused wines for everyday drinking. They are providing a prize package for the raffle. One #FreshTastyValentines winner will receive two bottles of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wine – one bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and one bottle of Pinot Noir. Cheers!

 
#FreshTastyValentines is almost here. A group of 22 talented food bloggers who will be posting recipes for an entire week that, we hope, will inspire you to make some healthy Valentines treats for your loved ones. Here we are…
 
The Bloggers
(with links to their homepages, in alphabetical order)
 
From February 1st through February 8th, not only will you find nearly a hundred recipe posts, but you can enter to win our awesome giveaway, courtesy of some amazingly generous donations from sponsoring companies. See details below.
 
The Sponsors
(with links to their homepages, in alphabetical order)

 


The Prizes

Thank you to #FreshTastyValentines sponsors for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #FreshTastyValentines recipe development without additional compensation. All opinions stated are those of the bloggers.


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2016 DietDetective.com “Big Game” Calorie Costs in Exercise

“Big Game” Calorie Costs in Exercise

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The Annual 2016 DietDetective.com “Big Game” Eating Extravaganza with Exercise Equivalents

 

New York, NY (January 24, 2014)

The “Big Game” has become much more than a football game: It’s the second biggest day for food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving.

So, to choose the most splurgeworthy foods, here are the exercise equivalents* for some of your favorite football snacks from Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH, public health advocate, editor of DietDetective.com,  professor at HUNTER College and Director of the New York City Food Policy Center at HUNTER College. The idea is to use exercise equivalents to provide a reference for calories. (Here is Dr. Platkin’s recent study on the topoic: see http://bmcobes.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40608-014-0021-5.)

 

TWO SLICES OF DOMINO’S PIZZA, ULTIMATE PEPPERONI HAND TOSSED CRUST, LARGE (14 INCH) = RUNNING 109 FOOTBALL FIELDS

Yes, it’s 720 calories, and you would have to run109 football fields (100 yards each) at an average speed of 5 mph. The average walking pace is approximately 3 mph.

Fit Tip: Fit Tip:  Get thin crust pizza with veggies and eat it for lunch, not just as a half-time snack.

A HANDFUL OF PEANUTS (1 OUNCE) = COACHING FOOTBALL FOR 35 MINUTES
A handful, or about 1ounce (30 peanuts), is 166 calories.

Fit Tip: Nuts are healthy. Peanuts are packed with nutrients, including vitamin E, folate, fiber, niacin and magnesium. One of the best things about peanuts is that they contain a large amount of protein, and protein helps to keep you feeling full longer. But they’re also very high in calories. Don’t keep a huge bowl in front of you. And try to eat one at a time; don’t shove a handful at a time in your mouth.

ONE POTATO CHIP WITH FRENCH ONION DIP = 30 MINUTES OF SINGING ALONG TO COLDPLAY AND BEYONCÉ DURING THE HALFTIME SHOW
Each chip is 10.5 calories, and every dip of dip is 60 calories.

Fit Tip: Try popped or baked-style chips, and make your dip with low-fat mayo or non-fat yogurt.

 

TWO KFC ORIGINAL RECIPE CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS = DOING “THE WAVE” 1,561 TIMES
That’s a lot of waves!! Deep-fried chicken is very high in calories. Believe it or not, the extra crispy has fewer calories.  Two KFC drumsticks have 320 calories.

Fit Tip: Coat skinless chicken with whole-grain bread crumbs and bake it.

 

TWO BOTTLES OF BUDWEISER BEER = 267 TOUCHDOWN DANCES IN THE END ZONE
Beer and football just go together, but keep in mind, each beer is 145 calories.

Fit Tip: Planning to have a few bottles? Best bet is to try sampling a few very light beers before the game to see which ones you prefer.

FIVE TORTILLA CHIPS TOPPED WITH SEVEN-LAYER DIP =60 MINUTES PERFORMING IN A MARCHING BAND
This is a serious dip that includes refried beans, olives, guacamole, sour cream and cheese, and it costs about 30 calories per dip (tablespoon) with an additional 70 calories for five restaurant-style chips. The grand total is 280 calories.

Fit Tip: If you make the dip yourself, try using low-fat cheese and sour cream and black beans, not refried. Or you could always switch to salsa: 2 tablespoons have only about 15 calories. Also, go for light or baked chips instead of fried.

JUST A FEW NACHOS = 72 MINUTES OF PLAYING PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL

According to The Wall Street Journal, there are only about 11 minutes of actual ball-playing in a football game. That means you need to play almost seven games of professional football to burn off the nachos. Each restaurant-style chip has about 14 calories. Now add cheese, beans, ground beef and peppers. Just six nachos will cost approximately 569 calories — not to mention the sour cream and guacamole for another 200 calories.

Fit Tip: You can always make the nachos with low-fat cheese and black beans. Use salsa and low-cal chips and you’ll be even better off.

TGI FRIDAYS BABY BACK RIBS, 1/2 RACK= 90 MINUTES OF CHEERLEADING

Ribs are good, but they’re packed with calories — as if you didn’t know. They’re fatty, and the sauce is sugary; altogether that’s 900 calories. And don’t kid yourself, cheerleading is serious, hard work.

Fit Tip: Try making them yourself, trimming all visible fat before and after cooking. Also, instead of coating your ribs with an excessive amount of sauce beforehand, partially cook them loaded with seasonings, brush them lightly with the sauce, and then finish cooking.

FIVE BUFFALO CHICKEN WINGS = 102 MINUTES OF REFEREEING THE GAME

The wings are fried and high in calories, and that blue cheese dressing can be caloric suicide. Just five chicken wings with hot sauce and 3 tablespoons of blue cheese dressing have 599 calories.

Fit tip: Use the hot sauce without the blue cheese, and make the wings yourself. Go skinless, and bake them instead of frying. With all that football action to distract you, you probably won’t even notice the difference.

FIVE  PRETZELS = 6.5 MINUTES OF JUMPING UP AND DOWN WHEN YOUR TEAM SCORES

Yes, I’m talking about five regular pretzels out of a bag (e.g., Rold Gold Classic Pretzels). They add up to about 60 calories. For some reason people think pretzels are healthful. Well, they don’t have fat, but they also have no nutritional value.

Fit tip: Make sure you avoid those pretzels that are loaded with cheese — wow, are they high in calories.

TWO  PITA CHIPS WITH GUACAMOLE = 65 MINUTES OF PRAYING FOR YOUR TEAM TO WIN

The chips are about 13 calories each, and each scoop of guacamole is at least 25 calories, for a total of 76 calories. Guacamole is high in calories, but the good news is that avocados are packed with antioxidants, vitamins B6, C and E, as well as folate and potassium (60 percent more potassium per ounce than bananas), and they’re a great source of monounsaturated fat, which studies have shown reduces serum cholesterol levels when used in place of saturated fats.

Fit Tip: Don’t sit with a big bowl of chips and guac in front of you while you mindlessly watch the game.

 

TWO HANDFULS OF SMARTFOOD WHITE CHEDDAR CHEESE POPCORN = 34 MINUTES CLIMBING THE STADIUM STAIRS

Is popcorn healthy?  Yes, it’s a whole grain and can be a great snack. However, if you add butter and lots of other high calorie toppings it can lose its health status.

Fit tip:  Try air popped popcorn or make it with cooking spray in a pan covered with a lid or screen.

ONE MEATBALL SUB = FACE PAINTING 38 WILD FANS

You ever see some of the fans who get their faces painted? Meatball subs are loaded with…well, meat, cheese, bread and sometimes other stuff too.  So they’re high in calories–about 850.

Fit Tip: Try using turkey meatballs, pita bread, and light cheese.

JUST SIX DORITOS CHIPS = 18 MINUTES OF CLEANING YOUR HOUSE AFTER A SUPER BOWL PARTY

Cleaning up after a party is never easy – the dishes, the food all over the house–it feels as if it never ends. And just one Dorito has 12 3/4 calories. Imagine if you had a couple of handfuls (about 280 calories). It could even make you think twice while watching that fabulously cool commercial Doritos puts on for the Super Bowl.

 

Fit Tip: Look, if you have only a few chips, I think you’ll be fine.  But eating just a few is something you have to worry about any time you open a bag of chips.  I would normally recommend lower calorie chips, but the truth is you’re better off with something like pistachio nuts or roasted almonds, as long as you don’t have more than 20 of them. If you do have Doritos, don’t sit with the bowl in front of you.

Permission to reprint from DietDetective.com.

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