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Bananas: Nature’s Happy Drug
Bananas: Nature’s Happy Drug

Making sure you eat a healthy and balanced diet will go a long way in supporting your mental health. But did you know that there are some foods that can boost your mood and help you feel happier?  


The food that ranks number one as nature’s best ‘happy snack’ is the banana - and for a good reason!  

One of the most compelling components of bananas is their serotonin content, yet interestingly enough, its the amino acid, tryptophan, that they contain that is responsible for the serotonin boost your brain receives after snacking on a banana.


Your body converts tryptophan into serotonin, but to do this, it needs two other key components; B6 and carbohydrates. Fortunately bananas contain both of these in abundance! Which is why together, these three components, alongside all the other nutritional benefits, make bananas a serotonin-producing superfood!


So, what is serotonin, and why do we need it?


Serotonin is a chemical, or neurotransmitter, produced in the brain that plays an important role in regulating sleep and generating feelings of wellbeing and happiness. Since the discovery that tryptophan has the ability to raise serotonin levels, it has been used in the treatments of numerous mood-based conditions such as depression, anxiety and insomnia. 


Need more reasons to reach for a banana for your snack? 


Bananas are incredibly rich in potassium and are also a great source of calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, niacin, folate, riboflavin, and as mentioned before, B6! All of these nutrients play important roles in maintaining the proper function of your body and keeping you healthy and happy. 


It isn’t just its mood-boosting potentials that make bananas a healthy and popular snack choice. They are also rich in numerous essential nutrients, are excellent for satisfying sweet cravings, AND they taste amazing!

Best Buckeye Sheet Pan Pancakes
Best Buckeye Sheet Pan Pancakes

Breakfast just got a lot easier and faster with these Sheet Pan Pancakes! Same great flavor and texture, but no more waiting, flipping, and family will absolutely love these! Seriously the fastest way to gourmet style pancakes.

We've used our Buckeye Pancake Mix to create this panful of brunch goodness. An over the top chocolate pancake, sheetpan style, topped with a peanut butter icing (icing mix included in package).  Seriously easy!

Step 1 :

Empty Do You Bake? Buckeye pancake mix into a bowl. Add your eggs & milk according to package directions.

Step 2 :

Grease your sheetpan WELL with butter. I mean don't skimp on this step. It really adds to the texture, the flavor and the over-all bounce of your pancake.

Step 3 : PREHEAT oven 425F

Step 4 : Make your icing according to package directions in a separate bowl

Step 5 : BAKE your mix for 15 minutes or until your pancakes spring back when lightly touched

Step 6 : Cut your favorite fruit and serve alongside syrup and drizzles of your peanut butter icing

Hello gorgeous brunch awaits you and no one would ever know it took you less than 10 minutes to prepare!

Mothers Day Dessert : Strawberry Fool
Mothers Day Dessert : Strawberry Fool

Make this foolishly simple dessert!

So what's a strawberry parfait fool? 

Our version includes our no bake Vanilla Cheesecake topped with slightly crushed fresh strawberries, a handful of your fave granola and of course whipped cream to boot.


  • 8oz cream cheese, soft
  • Do You Bake? No Bake Loaded Blondies (One mix)
  • 4 cups whipped cream or whipped topping
  • 1 pint washed and cut strawberries
  • 1 cup granola
  • 6 wine glasses or parfait cups

Make your cheesecake!  Whip your cream cheese until soft, beat in your Do You Bake? No bake Tahitian Vanilla cheesecake mix and then gently fold in 2 cups whipped topping or whipping cream. Set aside

In a separate bowl, add your strawberries and mash with a potato masher, lightly. Set aside

Layer your dessert!

Granola followed by cheesecake followed by strawberries and then a dollup of whipping cream.  Repeat one more time. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

YUM and way easy!

This Clever Cooking Trick Will Seriously Upgrade Your Roasted Vegetables
This Clever Cooking Trick Will Seriously Upgrade Your Roasted Vegetables

There are few foods better than roasted vegetables. Roasting makes almost every veggie—from sweet potatoes to cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, and more—taste more flavorful, caramelized, and complex. All it takes is a quick drizzle of olive oil, some salt and pepper, and you’ve got endless opportunity. Their versatility makes roasted vegetables a great gateway into meal prepping, too: cover them with herbs for sides, serve in salads, soups, or sandwiches, or mix them into one-pot dishes like macaroni and cheese to add some extra nutritional oomph.

The #1 Trick to a Better, More Flavorful, roasted vegetable?

Simply preheat your baking sheet in the oven as it heats up.


First, it’ll save you time. Once your vegetables hit the pan they will start roasting right away.

Second, your vegetables will cook much more evenly. They will brown on the outside yet remain tender (and not mushy) on the inside.

Third, you won't need to toss and flip your vegetables nearly as much.  Roasted Potates are the ultimate example: rather than waiting for the oven to brown their bottoms while their tops are already starting to steam, everything will get deliciously crispy at the same time. Case closed.

Mexican Food : A Way of Life for Tracey Walton
Mexican Food : A Way of Life for Tracey Walton

Everyday could be Taco Tuesday in my house. I take my chips & salsa seriously too! Sometimes you need more than just a taco and some chips to satisfy your Mexican food obsession though. That's when it's time to go for the whole enchilada! Inspired by The Pioneer Woman's original recipe, this sauce comes together really quickly with just a few ingredients you probably have in your pantry.  

Bold prediction: You will never buy Enchilada Sauce in a can again!

I’ve used it with chicken, beef, and plain cheese enchiladas. It makes a great base for an enchilada soup too. It lasts about a week in your refrigerator or you can make a big batch and freeze it for later. Just reheat it whenever a recipe calls for it! Enough talk, let’s get to the recipe!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Do You Bake Enchilada Dip & Seasoning Blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of water plus 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • Two 8-ounce cans of tomato sauce


Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Add the onions, peppers, and garlic to pan.

Cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Next, add the Enchilada Dip & Seasoning Blend and cayenne, bouillon cube and some salt and pepper and cook until the spices start to darken, about 2 minutes.

Sprinkle in the flour, stir to combine and cook it for another minute. Slowly stir in the stock and allow the liquid to thicken. Add water and tomato sauce and let liquid come to a boil.

Cook until the sauce is nice and thick and reduced by about a third, 5 to 10 minutes.

Allow the sauce to cool slightly, then use an immersion blender to completely puree the sauce until smooth. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can transfer it to a regular blender to puree it; just make sure the sauce is cooled completely since blending hot liquids is dangerous!)

By Tracey Walton, Master Ambassador with Do You Bake?

Tracey Says .... Everyday could be Taco Tuesday in my house. I take my chips & salsa seriously too! Sometimes you need more than just a taco and some chips to satisfy your Mexican food obsession though. That's when it's time to go for the whole enchilada! Inspired by The Pioneer Woman's original recipe, this sauce comes together really quickly with just a few ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

Whole30 Diet : Simplified
Whole30 Diet : Simplified

The Rules of Whole30

Do Not Consume Added Sugar, real or artificial

No maple syrup, honey, agave, coconut sugar, date sugar, splenda, stevia, xylitol or any other sweetener or sweetener like substance may be used during your 30 days.

Do Not Consumer Alcohol, in any form - even in cooking

And ... ideally, you'll need to quit the tobacco products too

Do Not Eat Grains

This includes (and there are more!) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgar, sorghum, sprouted grains, all gluten-free type cereals that use quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat.  No bran, no wheat germ and absolutely no starch

Do Not Eat Legumes

This includes all forms of beans (black, red, pinto, white, kidney, lima as examples), peas, chickpeas, lentils an dpeanuts. No peanut butter. No soy.  No Soy lecithin (often found in manufactured foods)

Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites

Read your labels. They are found in many products.

Doing the Whole30 diet properly means following the guidelines, or 'rules.  Here are the do's and the dont's of the program to help guide you through your 30 days.

5 Surprising Uses for Baking Soda
5 Surprising Uses for Baking Soda

Make a Face Mask

Mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of baking soda with the juice from half a lemon and a squirt or two of honey. Apply the mixture to your face, let it sit for about 15 minutes, rinse and say hello to a glowing complexion.

Clean Produce

Mix baking soda with water and use the paste to scrub produce from the supermarket clean. (Bye-bye, dirt and pesticides.)

Treat Bug Bites

Create a paste with water and dab it on bug bites and bee stings to ease pain, itching and swelling. Bonus: This also works on sunburns.

Sop Up Oil Spills

No matter if it’s in the garage or on your favorite pair of pants--sprinkle baking soda on the spot to help absorb the oil.

Clean Your Teeth

In a pinch, mix baking soda with water to create a paste and brush away.