He Popped the Question!

Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal!  My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.

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applesauce raisin cake

He Popped the Question!

So last weekend, on our 5-year anniversary of being together, Dick asked me to marry him!

Wow!

Of course, I said yes!

No plans have been made yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

Anyway, here’s our advice on doing sweets the right way.

Your finale at most meals should be nutrient-packed fruit – nature’s own dessert.

They come packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting compounds.

The second runner-up to fruit should be lightly sweetened, nutrient-rich, whole plant foods-based desserts, like fruit cobbler or a whole grain treat.

And then for those special occasions, go ahead and indulge in a slice of cake or a pastry.

Recipe of the Day:  Applesauce Raisin Snack Cake

Active Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Total Preparation Time:  40 minutes

This moist, delicious whole grain cake – which gets its sweetness from applesauce and raisins – is healthy enough to pack along in your lunch bag or to serve as an after-school snack to a hungry bunch of kids.

Stick extra slices in the freezer to pull out later when you’re in the mood for a sweet bite.

Makes 16 servings (1/16th cake each)

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup hot water

Nonstick cooking spray

1 cup unsweetened applesauce (homemade, if desired)

1/4 cup canola oil, expeller pressed

3 tablespoons agave nectar

2 tablespoons chia seeds

2 cups white whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips

*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.

1.  Combine the raisins and hot water in a small dish and set aside for 5 minutes to soften.

2.  Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Spray a 9 x 9″ baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

3.  In a mixing bowl, combine the applesauce, canola oil, agave, and chia seeds and beat well with a wire whisk or an electric mixer for 2 minutes.  Add the softened raisins and their soaking liquid and combine well.

4.  Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and walnuts, just until combined (don’t overmix).

5.  Pour the batter into the pan.  Sprinkle with the chocolate chips.

6.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a fork inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.  Let the cake cool slightly and cut into 16 squares.

Note:  This cake is great served immediately while warm.  Freeze leftover slices in an airtight container for up to one month.

Variation:  To make gluten-free, substitute 1-1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour blend (like Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur Flour) for the 2 cups white whole wheat flour and check that all other ingredients are gluten-free.

Per serving:  152 calories, 7 g total fat (1 g saturated), 42 mg sodium, 23 g total carbohydrates (8 g sugar), 3 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Have an awesome day!

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Dick and Lenay

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from Plant-Powered For Life by Sharon Palmer, RDN

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