Restorative Nutrition is happy to promote Catherine Amoriggi and her creative recipes. Catherine has a deep love of cooking and passion for creating new recipes. We will be featuring some of her recipes and you can get more ideas at her blog: http://www.cookingwithcath.com/
This is not the most traditional pumpkin bread recipe that I make; however, it is special. The olive oil adds a nice citrusy note and the whipped egg whites make it super light and airy. It is a nice change of pace from the typical pumpkin bread.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of fine sea salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup+ 1 tbs. olive oil
1 tbs. vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup milk
Tip: To make this recipe even healthier, substitute egg beaters for the egg yolk, and use low fat or skim milk in place of regular milk.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease two 9 by 5 by 3 inch loaf pans with olive oil.
In a medium sized bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger and cinnamon; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat together the brown sugar and olive oil until well combined. Next beat in 2 eggs (one at a time). Incorporate the pumpkin, vanilla extract and milk into this mixture.
Next add the flour mixture and chocolate chips into the pumpkin mixture. Make sure everything is well combined; set aside.
Separate your remaining 3 eggs into whites and yolks. Place the egg whites in a mixing bowl and beat until you get soft peaks, about 3-5 minutes.
In batches, gently fold your whipped egg whites into the batter mixture. Once incorporated, place an even amount of batter into each loaf pan. Immediatley, place them into the oven and cook for about 30-45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Then remove from the pan and let it cool on a wired rack for about 30-40 minutes.
I have had several clients ask about alternative drinks to water. The best way to hydrate is water but if you want something else to drink, opt for water or sparkling water with some fruit slices, or lemon juice added for flavoring.
Q: “What is your opinion on Tonic Waters, Soda Water, Sparkling Waters, and Flavored Water?” -T.N.
A: “Great question! Essentially tonic water has added calories, sodium, and lots of sugar so not a good option. Soda water has no sugar or calories but does has added sodium, flavored water such as crystal light may have added calories and sodium. If you are watching your sodium intake for blood pressure, you will want to watch how many tonic waters, soda water, and flavored waters you have in a day. Flavored waters (especially those with sugar alcohols) can cause intestinal issues such a gas, bloating, and diarrhea if consumed too frequently. I would suggest drinking sparkling water and adding your own cucumber, orange, or lemon slices to it for flavor. Remember that any type of flavored water you buy will likely have preservatives/chemicals added for flavoring making less ideal than water/sparkling water Does this make sense? I have provided a breakdown for you below:
Tonic water: 124 calories per 12 oz, 32 g sugar, 44mg sodium
Soda water: 0 calories per 12 oz, 0g sugar, 75 mg sodium
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10 am: Snack
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3:00 pm: Snack
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2 slices of whole wheat toast (carbs) with egg whites (protein) and veggie sausage (protein)
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