Healthy Banana Bread (Paleo/gluten-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free)

I came across this gal’s blog via instagram (@bananabreadtoburpees).  She’s full of positivity, workouts, recipes, and overall healthy eating habits…all while pursuing a graduate degree in chemical engineering!  In this world of judgement, she has resisted the norm and worn her vulnerability on her sleeve by sharing her progression of health and fitness.  I’m thankful for her honest depiction of change and her willingness to share it with everyone.

This is her banana bread recipe here.

I had to make improvisations to her recipe because I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand.  Basically, I substituted coconut flour for whole wheat flour (my mom is paleo), added one whole egg, added more water and almond milk to make the mixture more of a batter than a dry paste (I think the coconut flour sucked up a lot of the water).

Banana Bread

It turned out moist and my husband thinks it’s tasty!!  I’ll definitely try it next time as advertised because the banana flavor is just delicious.  Perhaps it’s a bit grainy/falls apart from the coconut flour.  I’d make this recipe again as it was pretty easy and super tasty!

Meal Prep – Buddha Bowls

I’ve always been a bit lazy it comes to planning ahead for groceries and meals. Thank goodness for home delivery services like Blue Apron, SunBasket, Gobble, etc! They’ve been an all-in-one encompassing savior to meals. We used to do date nights while cooking in the kitchen, enjoying a glass or 2 of wine, and catching up on the hectic weekday. However, the thought/idea of meal planning or cooking right now is even further removed from my mind since our little one arrived. Enter Tovala — an incredible meal delivery service using healthy ingredients and creative menus. Tovala has been our go-to for hectic days… basically daily. I’ve enjoyed all of these menu delivery services!

But, I want to be able to create my own buddha bowls as I want to incorporate more vegetable and nutritional ingredients into my diet.

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From The Good Hearted Woman

Great blogs with how-tos and recipes:

When I go back to work, I’m looking forward to having a healthy diet/lifestyle despite having an infant and full-time job.

Paleo: my initial thoughts

It all started with 23 and me.  Initially, I did it bc this company was just getting started, and I enjoy analytics and health and ancestry.  Well, once I got the info from this, a colleague of mine told me about DNA Fit.  It basically looks at your genetics and how your body handles nutrition, fitness, and metabolism.  I found out a lot about my own health!  Based on my DNA, it said my body does best with a Paleo diet.  So, I opted to do a mostly paleo diet starting in October 2016 — with an upcoming wedding in February 2017, I was on a mission.

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I started ordering Trifecta Nutrition for quick and organic Paleo meals.  I would eat these meals 5 days a week for lunch at work.  One of the biggest things I noticed was that I was fuller longer and had much less cravings for sweets.  From October to February, I lost 10 lbs and got lean.  Of course, I was also doing Sweat (iphone app) by Kayla Itsines.  This is a no-nonsense program that you can do anywhere and anytime.  In the past, I’ve done almost all of the beachbody products: p90, p90x, p90x3, chalean xtreme, turbo jam, insanity, turbo fire, hammer and chisel — of all of these, I really highly recommend P90x3 — it’s a terrific program that will give you results if you put in the work.  But what I found is that I would actually stick to the Sweat program much longer and have faster recovery with her program vs. P90X3.

So what have a discovered about myself as I’ve taken a more Paleo heavy diet?  I have less cravings.  I perform better physically and mentally.  I actually feel like I’m eating more and staying fuller longer.  And that (for me), is one thing I absolutely love!  Overall, I feel less deprivation…and that makes me happy!

What are your thoughts?  Anyone else have similar or different experiences with a Paleo diet?

Good places to start: