Thursday Taste: Gluten Free Banana Bread

I don’t know about you but I love bananas.  Sometimes I just have the problem that I can’t seem to eat them fast enough before they turn to brown mush.  Here’s one delicious way to turn those overly ripe bananas into a tasty treat that’s better for your waistline.

 

Ingredients:
1¼ cups almond flour
1¼ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
1¼ cups old-fashioned rolled oats, gluten-free
½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
2 tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
6 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin organic coconut oil, melted
½ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
Nonstick cooking spray

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Combine almond flour, flour, oats, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl; mix well. Set aside.
3. Combine bananas, extract, egg, oil, maple syrup, and almond milk in a medium bowl; mix well.
4. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; mix until just blended.
5. Place batter in loaf pan that has been lightly coated with spray.
6. Bake for 43 to 48 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
7. Cool completely before slicing.

 

Gluten-Free Banana Bread

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SO FRESH & SO CLEAN (EATING TIPS)

The goal is to limit your processed food intake and eat natural food as much as humanly possible.  It’s about eating more of the best, healthiest options in each of the food groups.  We understand clean eating is not easy but you can take steps to get your daily food intake to a better, healthier place.

  • Limiting Processed Foods

Processed food are high in sodium, sugar and fat.  A couple key things to note here:  Look for foods that have 5 or less ingredients on the package and if you can’t say the names of the ingredients then stay away.

  • Take Out Sugar

Most people have far too much sugar in their diet.  What you want to do is limit the foods with added sugars in them like sweets and soda.  You also want to look out for foods that have added sugar to them.

  • Limit Salt Intake

Going on from sugar is your salt intake.  Like sugar, you want to make sure you are eating foods that have not added salt to them.  You can also help lower your salt intake by limiting your processed food.  You could add herbs and spices in its place or no-salt items like Mrs. Dash.

  • Eat Your Veggies

Vegetables tend to be where many people lack in their diet.  It is super important to make sure you eat enough veggies daily as they are jam-packed with nutrients that your body needs – like potassium, dietary fiber, vitamins A and C.

Low potassium is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, digestive disorders and even stroke.  Potassium can be found in: Banana, sweet potato, beans, winter squash, prunes and yogurt.

  • Eat Fruits

Just like vegetables, fruits are packed with loads of nutrients that your body craves everyday, like potassium and Vitamin C.  When you can choose whole, fresh fruit over dried, canned or fruit juices.  If you need to chose fruits that are canned in their own juices with no sugar added.

  • No Alcohol

What?!  Yes, it’s true. Alcohol is in fact not “clean”.  It’s all sorts of fermented, sugary goodness.  So with that in mind, you would want to try to stay away from alcohol as much as possible.

  • Grocery Store Tips
    • Make a list before you go and stick to it!
    • Shop the perimeter and stick to the outer walls! That’s where they put all the fresh, natural, foods – fruits, veggies, meats
    • Avoid the aisles – if you don’t need anything in an aisle, just skip it!
    • In the frozen food section, avoid anything that says “one step”, “heat and serve” or “ready to go” meals in a box
    • When buying canned food, look for low sodium versions, salmon and tuna packed in water, and no extra sugars!

 

This Isn’t Your Best Friend’s Juice Cleanse – What To Expect From The 3 Day Refresh

I was in between workout programs and decided why not give the 3 DAY REFRESH a try.  My husband was going to be away for 2 of the days so there would be no temptation with his potentially glutinous dinners.

I’m not going to lie, going into my 3 days, I was feeling nervous, not knowing exactly what to expect.  Should I plan to stay in the house for 3 days (if you know what I mean)??!

Here are the basics of what to expect:

  • They’re permitted but better to stay away from coffee or tea
  • No milk, sugar or substitutes
  • No cheese, meat or dairy
  • Make sure you aren’t planning to do any strenuous activity – keep it mild to moderate – think yoga
  • You will want to stay hydrated as this will help your body and the program to work properly – so think at least 75 ounces of water a day – starting with 8 – 12 ounces when you first wake up
  • Your body will be taking in a solid dose of FIBER so be warned that this may cause some extra gas or bloating – it is COMPLETELY normal
  • Prep ahead of time!! This will be important to your success.  You will want to make sure all you have to do is reach into the fridge to grab your appropriate foods, leaving little to chance.

 

A “Typical” Day:

  • Breakfast: Shakeology with a fruit
  • Mid-Morning: Fiber Sweep
  • Lunch: Vanilla Fresh Shake with a fruit, a vegetable and a healthy fat
  • Afternoon Snack: A vegetable with a healthy fat
  • Dinner: Vanilla Fresh Shake with dinner entrée from list of meal options

 

For me, I’m thinking of this in terms of a cleanse of my eating habits and not like the juice ones some people tend to do.  It isn’t about starving myself, as that is not happening (and not the intent of the 3 Day Refresh) but making sure I am set up for success.  That I get my body and MIND in the right place.

What is going on in my head?

  • Day One: Feeling pretty. Around 3pm, I thought I was going to ravage whatever food was in my house but I stayed the course and decided to chug some water instead.  After dinner it seemed to go away and I was back to feeling fresh.  I did have a minor headache before bed but that seemed to be gone by morning.
  • Day Two: Woke up feeling pretty energized. My slump hit after dinner and that’s also when the gas started.  Luckily hubby is away so it’s just me and “the kids”.
  • Day Three: Woke up feeling tired but in good spirits.  It’s the last day! I just need to get through the next 24 hours and I will have conquered the Refresh.

Fiber Sweep:

  • Tip: Drink it FAST!
  • It actually tastes not bad but the longer you let it sit the more “gritty” it tastes which is not so nice

Vanilla Fresh:

  • You will definitely want to add something to it! For me, it tended to have an almost chalky taste.  So, when you can add your fruit – I was a fan of raspberries or strawberries.  If it’s dinner, then add something like cinnamon or I like mint but I wouldn’t recommend having it plain.

All in all:

  • I’m glad I decided to give it a try. I’m feeling revived and ready to tackle my next workout program.
  • It gave me three days to get my portion controlling back in check and back on track.
  • In the three days, I lost 3 pounds and 1.5 inches off my waist. Not too shabby if you ask me.
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Here’s a rundown of one of my three days’ meals.

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If you’re anything like me, whenever I have a schedule change it can totally shake me up and that includes my eating and workouts. I thrive on a schedule – knowing where and when things will happen so when that changes it can totally rock my world and that is when I would always lose my self-control. Eating would get out of control – drive-thru’s, fast food and frozen meals, parking myself on the couch and heading home early rather than getting my butt to the gym. But that has all changed for me. I know how to roll with the punches and make that work for me. So let me work for you!

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