Thursday, January 31, 2013

Plantain Chips & Brady Bands Give Away

Exciting stuff is going down this morning ya'll! If you follow me on Instagram @ellenoelfitness you know I got  in my 5 plus mile run yesterday evening and then got super creative in the kitchen! Mr. Noel came home with a few plantains early this week and said "Say gah, can you do something skinny cool with this?" Well duh. What do you take me for?!


After taking our Christmas pictures in December, Mr. Noel and I had lunch at this small Latin American restaurant that neither of us had ever visited. We ordered blindly, living on that edge ya'll! I ended up with grilled beef and veggies and he ended up with a chicken taco esque meal. Both dishes were AMAZING. We couldn't stop munching on these long strips of yellow "chips" garnishing both of our plates. Mr. Noel, a connoisseur of life, immediately knew what we were munching on. Anywho, he comes home with these plantains, and my mind jumps back to that meal. Through some research I found that green plantains are less ripe and more starchy, hence the chip, and they turn sweet when ripe and yellow in color. They're low in sugar and good source of potassium and dietary fiber.

After a little bit of Google research, I decided to make some skinny chips out of those bad boys. The plantain is peeled with a knife, it's not as simple to peel as a banana, after peeling I sliced up the plantain into thin chips.

In a small bowl I combined roughly two table spoons of olive oil, and dashes of the following seasonings (vary depending on individual tastes):

Cumin
Salt
Garlic Powder
Tabasco
Cayenne Pepper

After coating each of the chips in the mixture, I placed them in a baking dish sprayed with Pam and baked for 8 minutes at 350. Remove and flip chips, bake an additional 8 minutes.

Roughly one half of a plantain in chips equals 150 calories. Awesome snack! Mr. Noel and I fought for our share. Next time I will slice the plantains more thinly as the smaller crisps had more of the potato chip like consistency I was going for. Regardless, this was a easy project, 20 minutes MAX. I'll pick up some more plantains on my way home from the gym this evening!


Now what you really want to know about! The give-away! Early this week ya'll caught me modeling my new Brady Bands on Instagram (follow me on Instagram ya'll, constant over share @ellenoelfitness). Brady Bands make non-slip headbands that are phenomenal. Not only do they stay firmly cemented in place,they're super cute. The best part? Brady Bands donates 10% of all proceeds to childhood cancer research. I have three bands to give to one of you lucky ladies! Good luck!


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20 comments:

  1. YUM I will be on the lookout for plantains now!

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  2. I love plantains. Ever since I started dating my Ecuadorian boyfriend, they've been a staple with our meals. They're especially good mashed with onion, and a little mozzarella cheese, and a fried egg and avocado on the side for a weekend breakfast. Llapingachos are great too, but really carb-heavy! You can also get plantain chips at Trader Joe's. :)

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  3. I will have to try that! I have been eating more bananas to fight off leg cramps but I am not a fan of the sugar content. I know it is natural but still! I will have to try these! Way to go Mr. Noel!

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  4. yummy! Thanks for the great idea!!! I've only had them from Trader Joes but home made is always way better!!!! Happy Thursday girlfriend!!! XOXO

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  5. I love your daily motivators! I love fried plantains! Of course those are more unhealthy, but so damn delicious!

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  6. I LOVE plantains!! will totally try that!! yum.

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  7. I usually pass up the plantains because they look so weird and sad. But maybe I'll have to pick up a few and try out those chips! I wonder if a plantain is to a banana what a sweet potato is to a potato?

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  8. I have never tried plantains before, now I want to!

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  9. never had plantains before but gonna try these out! thanks for the recipe!

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  10. I've never tried anything like this before! An easy/healthy snack. Great share!

    Sheree
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  11. I love anything banana & am always looking for a cute new headband for my workouts! I'd love to try brady bands!

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  12. I love plantains. I bet these were delicious! Where did you get your cute tank?

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  13. You doing some fancy thangs in the kitchen :P

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  14. Sounds like an awesome snack. I loveeee plantain chips! I had some yuca chips (I think it's similar to a potato?) at a tapas place a few weeks ago and they serve them with guacamole (I know you don't love the avocado!) and salsa. It was SUCH a good alternative to tortilla chips. Yummmmmm.

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  15. My sister use to make these for me, I had forgotten about them, I think I need to make some now. Thanks for the reminder.

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  16. Yuuuummmmmm I cannot wait to make these! You are my favorite!

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  17. Oh, those plantains look so good!!! I may have to try something like this, thanks so much for sharing!

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  18. I had plantains chips years ago and LOVED them!
    But I never ventured to do them myself....thanks for the info...I'll have to get on them!

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  19. I've never had them but they look interesting.

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  20. It's great idea.I usually eat fruit during my workouts too, banana, pineapple chunks, melon, raisons, it helps me too.

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