I like eating food that is separated on a tray.
Welcome to Bananas! My name is Katie. This food blog is meant to chronicle my journey with food. I have always loved to eat and try new things, and I have quite a few fond memories tied to food. I am always thinking about and plotting my next meal. The information I share here I hope will inspire you to experiment and create your own food memories.

My Food Philosophy
I am not a registered dietician, and I have no formal training, but my mother is a retired home economics teacher, so my knowledge comes from her and how I was raised to eat. As a family, we always had dinner together, and family reunions revolved around large elaborate meals that we cooked together. In high school, a few of my friends and I would get together every now and then and make some sort of overly complicated recipe. Overall, food has been a big part of my life.

For me, food is about balance, health, and enjoyment. As a child, I had a really high metabolism where I could eat anything and everything I wanted and I still stayed extremely slim. In the last few years, my metabolism has slowed down, and I have needed to assess what I eat more carefully. I started counting calories and I exercise more vigorously to maintain a healthy weight. Tracking calories helped me to see where I was eating too much of not so healthy things, and after a few months, I was able to manage what I eat and lose some extra pounds. With health in mind, I still indulge.

For me, managing a healthy weight is about balance and awareness of what I am eating. I do not describe everything I eat on this blog, and it is meant to showcase the successful recipes that I think someone should try. I have many unsuccessful attempts at different recipes, and I will show some of those less successful recipes. In general, I try to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible along with lean meats and other forms of complete protein. I try to cook as much as possible from scratch. When I shop, I tend to avoid artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, and foods with added sugar, trans fats, and saturated fats.