Supplements and Fruited Spice Loaf Cake

by Joanne on June 29, 2011

Do you believe you eat a balanced diet and don’t need supplements? 


My supplements:  BCAA’s, Vitamin E, SUPER Multi-Vitamin, Calcium+D, and L-Glutamine following weights and long distance runs.

If you’re young and your diet is rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients, you may not need a multi vitamin.  However, as we get older, the ability of our bodies to absorb nutrients from food sources decreases so a multi-vitamin provides the buffer for a well balanced diet.

What do supplements do?

  • replace the nutrients missing from our daily diet. 
  • during pregnancy, illness, or other times when the body is challenged, the supplement will provide necessary extra nutrients
  • in extremely physically active people, they may help performance and retain, if not increase, muscle mass
  • assist in a weight loss program
  • and work along side conventional medicine to contribute to the best possible preventive health program for an individual.

Supplements to consider:  Vitamin D to help reduce the risk of cancer and osteoporosis.  Omega-3 is another supplement worth considering especially if you haven’t acquired a taste for fish.  It is touted as a supplement worth taking for a healthy heart, healthy brain and anti-inflammatory. 


There are many supplements available and a person CAN take too much so it’s best to consult with your physician regarding the best complementary supplement regimen to accompany conventional medicine.  Everyone is unique, what works for one may be an overdose for another.   Be careful.

Exercise log this week:  *By the way, my Philadelphia Training Plan has been updated, AGAIN. 

I’m getting with it this week. When the alarm goes off, I’m not trying to snag an extra 15 or 20.  I’m up, out and movin’. 

Monday:  This should have been a recovery day from the Adirondack Distance Run. But I felt good. The soreness my body was feeling on Sunday had vanished.  30 minutes of chest and arms then 5 miles down the road for an easy run with Shane.

Tuesday:  The work begins again.  A 10 mile run day.  No weights.  I was going to get the pup and begin a really early run outside but he was sleeping so sound, I couldn’t disturb him.  Ran 7 miles on the treadmill before setting out for 3 miles with Shane.  10.2 miles easy running.

Wednesday:  Leg day!  Legs and abs were completed within 30 minutes followed by a 4 mile run.  It was a little cooler, but I was tired.  I forced myself up Hills Drive (it is like it’s labeled) and let my legs take it slow and easy.  My mind was heavy with bothersome thoughts of work and people. DARN Those Peeps!

A Cake for Good Health – well….that’s a matter of opinion.

I was looking through my cook books wondering what to make to occupy my time.  It was raining and our bike ride was cancelled.  I had just put a chocolate cheesecake in the oven which would take an hour and half or more.  Chores? Who wants to do chores when you can find other FUN things to do? Not me. 


With all cook books closed, it was time to create a recipe from scratch.  This would be a loaf cake. Easy and not fiddling.  I was feeling “spicy” so I’d add some of my favorites:  cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.  It needed a bit more pizazz so I added frozen berries at the end.  *Fresh berries would be SO much better.


Makes 1 standard size loaf cake, 9 x 4

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Spray a loaf pan with non stick baking spray.

Cream the following:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg whites

In a separate bowl, mix the following:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger

Mix the wet ingredients (butter – egg mixture) into the flour mixture BUT only stir until JUST incorporated. Do not over mix.

Stir in

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries *I added frozen strawberries and believe that’s why the cake took so long to bake.  I’ve reduced baking time accordingly.

Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour.  *As I said above, my cake took up to 75 minutes. 


Ted’s take: It’s a little dry but I like it.

Joanne’s take:  It’s a perfect tea cake.  I didn’t think it was dry at all.


More for me!


What’s your favorite loaf bread/cake recipe?

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  • At 2011.06.29 08:00, Heather said:

    My mom’s zucchini bread is fab! I’ve tried to make it but it’s definitely not the same.

    • At 2011.06.29 10:09, lindsay said:

      i think the cake/bread looks delicious. i think it is harder to truly eat balanced these days when most eat packaged cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and meat/potatoes for dinner. where are the vegetables?

      • At 2011.06.29 10:52, Joanne said:

        You’re right. Guess those of us who love their veggies over anything else luck out but

        suffer in a different way: trying to find protein that suits our taste. A balanced diet takes

        work. Thanks for your comment. Happy running 🙂

        • At 2011.06.29 12:44, Gera@Sweets Foods Blog said:

          I take supplements, vitamins with ginseng independently of my daily diet. They are necessary but everyone must be careful with them 😉

          My health can improve a lot with that spicy! cake 🙂



          • At 2011.06.29 22:59, Bela said:

            Yes I do take supplements just to ensure I am getting all the vitamins I need.

            Cake/bread looks delicious. I just made a strawberry bread and its one of my faves, also my banana chocolate chip bread is my fave!

            • At 2011.06.30 07:31, Medeja said:

              Nice loaf cake! I think I would add some nuts, but even without it sounds great 🙂

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