Am I working out because of vanity?
Yes and no. Mostly no, even though people might not believe that.
Yes, it’s awesome to feel great and to see your abs for the first time in your life (hence the vanity picture to go with that post, bare with me (Henning took the pic so I blame him!)
..but for me it’s mostly to feel great all the thousands of little improvements I see every day if I keep pushing.
It’s those little improvements that keep me motivated and not a glimpse in the mirror.
Frankly though, I work hard and I think a bit of vanity is seriously earned for every single one of us who does something to feel good about. No matter what it is. So yeah, here is to my picture in my workout gear thinking I need that mascara applied because I thought my mom would like to see a picture of me after a few month of no visits! Now, do you think with fake boobs I would eventually make it onto some health fitness mag cover? 😉
On other news, me, being European, I made Banana bread for the first time in my life. It’s not really a dish that is well known over here. I also thought that bread meant bread, as in the thing you smear butter and jam on..but that comes from someone who grew up with the knowledge that cheesecake is salty and with actual smelly cheese on top..
Either way, I found this great recipe on one of my Iphone application and couldn’t help but try it out which led to a big success in the huge household of the two of us with 100% satisfactory effect!
I did adjust a few things to make it more fitting with my clean way of eating however. I will add both versions so you can chose which one you’d like to follow:
- 3 to 4 ripe Bananas (I used 3, the more you use the more flavour you will get.)
- 1/4 cup melted butter (not sure how to substitute the butter yet, I keep experimenting)
- 1 cup sugar (I used suger substitute stevia)
- 1 1/2 cups flour (I used whole wheat flour)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (I used the low sodium version)
- 1 egg beaten (I only used the egg white)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder or soda (I used Powder and instead a bit more since the original recipe asks for 1 tsp of soda)
- Chocolate chips, as many as you like (I used dark ones with 70% Cacao and quite a bit of them too)
- Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit (or 180 degree Celsius in my case)
- Mash the bananas with a fork in a big bowl then add in all the other ingredients and mix everything.
- Pour the mixture into a buttered and floured cake or bred form.
- Bake for 50 to 60 Minutes (do wooden stick test).
- Once done, get it out of the form and let it cool before slicing and serving.
Voilà! Easy peasy! Enjoy! 🙂
And now I have to go clean up the kitchen (damnit..)