Make Tasty Sweet Bread with Ice Cream and Bananas

The Internet’s crazy about a cake-like bread made with melted ice cream. So we put it through the Epi Test Kitchen and made it even better.

Source: How to Make Ice Cream Bread, But Better

Sweet bread ice cream? Oh, whew, I was thinking sweetbreads…

Alton Brown’s Advice for Better Homemade Smoothies

Smoothies aren’t too difficult to make, but these basic tips from celebrity chef Alton Brown will ensure your smoothie making always goes smoothly.

In the Good Eats episode “Live and Let Diet,” host Alton Brown explains how to make the perfect smoothie at home. Here are his top tips:

Source: Alton Brown’s Advice for Better Homemade Smoothies

I’ve been making red wine smoothies lately…

Smoothies can be healthy, if homemade, in order to control things like sugar content and protein.

Lots of fruit that is flash frozen can be found at the local grocery store.

Transform Your Hot Chocolate by Simmering It With a Banana Peel

You’ve probably had a hot chocolate recently. And it probably came from an envelope. Today, we’re going to push that envelope. We’re going to push it far, far away.

The gold standard hot chocolate recipe is creamy, sweet, and a little rich. It’s almost perfect as is, but it can get better. Much better. Here are eight ways how.

Source: 8 Things You Can Do To Make Your Hot Chocolate Better Right Now

For lactose-intolerant, stir up your own hot cocoa mix with:

  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder mixed with
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice optional

You can reduce the sugar a bit to taste. 2 1/2 tablespoons of this stirred into a cup of hot lactose free milk or soy milk or almond milk or whatever makes a wonderful, winter treat!

You Can and Should Be Eating Banana Peels

That’s right, you can eat banana peels. And not only are they edible — they’re also good for you.

Source: People around the world are eating banana peels because they know something that Westerners do not

I think the question of what’s on those skins ought to addressed before we start munching down.  Wash them before you eat, like a lot of things.

6 Reasons Why You Should Be Eating Frozen Fruit

Summer is the season with some of the greatest food, and beautifully ripe fruits are no exception. Stick them in the freezer for a few hours or pick up a big bag from the store and you’ve got the perfect treat with the potential to cool you down on a hot summer day.

Source: 6 Reasons Why You Should Be Eating Frozen Fruit

I wish there was more variety, but I haven’t tried the banana ice cream yet…

Recipe: Guaca-Mousse

I have to give credit for this recipe to foodbycamilla’s Banana and Avocado Chocolate mousse

My co-workers are to thank for the name.  I called it as it was – vegan chocolate mousse, which turned out to be vegan chocolate banana mousse.  When co-workers learnt about the ingredients, it was initially dubbed “choco-mole”, but the reverse is more accurate.

Dessert doesn’t get much simpler than this – add to food processor, blend until smooth.  Chill for at least an hour before serving.  I had most of the ingredients onhand, and had co-workers who couldn’t/wouldn’t partake in the Lego jello I made earlier in the week.

Here’s the recipe.  I did double the recipe, let it chill overnight before serving at work.  I was worried no one would like it, but it was gone once word got out.

Forgive me, I’m still chuckling at the name… 🙂

11 Foods You Didn’t Know Were Hurting the Planet

From composting to opting to ride our bikes to work, this planet is our home and we’ve got to treat it kindly. We try to do our part every day, but considering that we’re on the tail end of Earth Month (and especially if you missed Earth Day!), we thought we’d take it one step further and examine an element you may be overlooking: your diet. Even though you’re healthy homemade lunches and side of guac (skip the burrito) may be fueling your body well, a lot of the foods you’re eating on the daily actually increase your carbon footprint. Sushi lovers, cookie addicts and almond butter freaks, we’ve got some pretty sad news for you, and it may have you completely rethinking your grocery list. Scroll on down to see what foods are actually putting a serious damper on the planet.

Source: 11 Foods You Didn’t Know Were Hurting the Planet

Sadly, the list includes some really healthy things.

How To Eat More (And Better) Fruits And Vegetables So You Don’t Die

I live in Boston, which is to say that over the course of the past month or so I, along with millions of disgruntled others, have on more than one occasion found myself snowbound without proper provisions. I went to my local grocer in anticipation of an impending storm—this sounds a lot nicer than it truthfully is, as if I were going to an actual market peddling fresh, not-flaccid produce that hasn’t just been offloaded from the back of a tractor trailer by a driver whose sole objective while on the road is to see how many times he can jack off between Duluth and the nearest Springfield, and who definitely didn’t wash his hands before unloading the kale I’ll eventually pop into my mouth—and panicked.

Source: How To Eat More (And Better) Fruits And Vegetables So You Don’t Die

How Much [X] Could You Eat Before It Would Kill You?

Toxicologists have a saying that “the dose makes the poison,” meaning that anything and everything can kill you in large enough quantities. So here we take five incredibly common (and usually benign) foods and household items to their illogical conclusion. Ever contemplated eating 480 bananas? Don’t do it.

While we’re on that note, this isn’t a dare. Also, drinking that much coffee sounds disgusting.

Source: How Much [X] Could You Eat Before It Would Kill You?

Who would eat toothpaste?!  But “food coma” does not get a mention…

The dose is much lower when administered orally. We're still trying to get the paper into the needles for subcutaneous injection.

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7 foods That Help Fight Headaches

The pain from a really bad headache can stop in you in your tracks. But it doesn’t have to. Thankfully, there are a few foods you can add to your diet that have a soothing effect. So we asked our nutrition director, Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, for her favorite headache-busting eats.

Source: 7 foods that help fight headaches