Making recipes healthier through Guiding Stars from Loblaws #TradingUp

How’s your year going? Have you made any plans to change your diet or want to make your favourite recipes healthier?  I recently just did something like that thanks to the team at Loblaws and learned more about their Guiding Stars program. 

What is Guiding Stars?
Guiding Stars is a food rating system that rates food based on nutrient density using a scientific algorithm to assign a 0, 1, 2 or 3 star rating (3 Stars is the highest rating a product can receive).  The program rates foods based on vitamins, minerals, fibre, whole grains, Omega-3s, saturated fat, trans fat, added sodium and added sugar. “No stars” means, although the food was rated, it didn’t meet the nutrition criteria to earn a star.

My kids love banana bread.  I do too and it’s a family favourite.  I wanted to make a healthier version minus all the white flour and wanted to add some fibre, natural sweetness and omega 3 eggs.   So I traded up my ingredients thanks to working with a Loblaw’s Dietician and switched out the white flour for organic spelt flour, regular eggs for high-fat eggs, sugar for honey and spices and coconut oil to add moisture and flax seed and hemp hearts.

Benefits of Spelt Flour: High in B2. Niacin, Maganese and it’s easier to digest.
Benefits of Flax: More Omega 3 fatty goodness, heart healthy, fibre and helps remove excess estrogen
Benefits of Hemp Hearts:  Contains Omega 3 & 6, Vitamin E,  Amino Acid arginine, anti-inflammatory, protein 

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Hemp Banana Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Ripe Bananas
  2. 1 cup of Spelt Flour
  3. 1 cup of almond flour
  4. 1/2 cup Hemp Hearts
  5. 1/4 cup Ground Flax seeds
  6. 1/4 cup of Honey
  7. 2 Omega 3 Eggs
  8. 1tsp of Vanilla extract
  9. 2 tsp of Cinnamon
  10. 1/2 tsp of Baking Powder
  11. 1/2 tsp of Baking Soda
  12. 1/4 tsp of Sea Salt
  13. 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a medium bowl mash up banana, mix in beated eggs, coconut oil, honey and vanilla.
  3. In another bowl, mix almond flour and spelt flour, flax, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  4. With your spatula mix wet and dry ingredients together and fold in the hemp hearts.
  5. Line or butter your loaf pan and pour the batter into your loaf pan and bake for 60-70min. Using a tooth pick to check if done. You can get all fancy and event add slices of banana on top.
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Now I want to know from you. What’s a recipe you would trade up for a healthier version? Tweet it to us and you’ll be entered to win a $150 Loblaws gift card! When you’re out grocery shopping at your local Loblaws, look for the Guiding Stars.  You’ll find it along the price of products if it’s available.  

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Wendy Hutton | 17th Feb 17

    my tweet https://twitter.com/wghutton/status/832673662822014976

  2. ivy pluchinsky | 17th Feb 17

    My tweet https://twitter.com/LuckyAtWinning/status/832696722107179009

  3. Tasha | 18th Feb 17

    Here’s my tweet! 🙂 https://twitter.com/xoCanadianAngel/status/832864977291792385

  4. Tasha | 18th Feb 17

    Sorry wrong link. Here’s the link to my tweet! 🙂 https://twitter.com/xoCanadianAngel/status/832866742934306816

  5. Elizabeth Vlug | 19th Feb 17

    I tweeted. https://twitter.com/Redlizzy1/status/833318273525678085

    This is a great program. Looking to eat healthier this year, lowering my fat, sugar and the one that is really hard to me…sodium. Glad to see there are so many recipes being tweeked to make them a wee bit healthier.

  6. Sapana V | 19th Feb 17

    I was not aware of this Guiding Stars. It is really helpful to know how much your food is beneficial. Thanks for sharing.

  7. s powell | 19th Apr 17

    This looks like a yummy healthy recipe

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