It’s 3 AM and I’m still up because of my 20-minute power nap I took after work.
As many of you many have noticed, I have slowed down quite a bit on my posts these past few weeks. Now that I am working full-time and on top of that, taking online classes as a full-time student, it’s been hard to find the time to blog, let alone do any cooking/baking. It’s definitely going to take me another week or two to get used to my new schedule, but I assure you..I will be back with more consistent posts sooner than later!
As I sit here, wishing I was sound asleep, I figure that I might as well do a post on the benefits of sleep….
- Sleep helps to repair your body: Your body produces extra protein molecules while you’re sleeping that helps strengthen your ability to fight infection and stay healthy. These molecules help your immune system mend your body at a cellular level when you are stressed or have been exposed to compromising elements such as pollutants and infectious bacteria
- Sleep reduces stress: Sleep helps lower blood pressure and elevated levels of stress hormones, not to mention it speeds up your aging process (for all of you slathering on those anti-aging face creams, try getting a few extra hours a sleep a night)!
- Sleep improves memory: With more sleep, your brain is able to better process new experiences and knowledge, increasing your understanding and retention (all of you college students pulling all-nighters before finals and other exams, a few hours of sleep will without a doubt help you recall all of the information you crammed in the night before).
- Sleep helps maintain a healthy heart: Sleep helps reduce of inflammation in your blood, which helps reduce pressure in your cardiovascular system.
- Sleep aids in weight loss: sleep helps regulate the hormones that affect your appetite. Studies have shown that people who get less than the recommended hours of sleep a high are more prone to unhealthy eating habits. Check the chart below for the recommended hours of sleep one should get.
Tofu Banana Bars
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- 1/4 cup silken tofu (regular tofu would work too)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp rum extract
- 2 large ripe bananas (mashed)
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup sweetened flake coconut
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
- Blend the tofu in a blender until smooth. Remove the mashed tofu into a bowl
- Add the sugar and whisk until well mixed. Add the vanilla, rum, mashed bananas, and stir until everything is well incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt ). Add the coconut.
- Pour the tofu/banana mix into the dry ingredients. Mix well but don’t over mix or else the bars will bake to become tough.
- Pour into well-greased baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes (until toothpicks come out clean)
- Meanwhile make the powdered sugar/cinnamon topping. Set aside.
- Remove from the oven. Sprinkle (generously) the mixture of powdered sugar and cinnamon over the bars