HEALTHY Banana-Nut Bread

Good morning!

How is your week going so far? I’m really excited for the Fall… My MBA classes started back yesterday and I still can’t believe how fast summer went by!

Anyway, lets talk about food? I love Banana Bread but this recipe specially is to die for! I used the Kodiak Cakes “PROTEIN PACKED  – Cinnamon Oat” mix instead of regular wheat flour, and it definitely HIT THE SPOT! The banana bread turned out super moist and tasty!

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HEALTHY Banana-Nut Bread

Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2-3 medium bananas)
  • 1¾ cups “PROTEIN PACKED  – Cinnamon Oat” Kodiak Cakes mix
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • Dark chocolate chips to sprinkle

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 325F.
  • Whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt, and set aside.
  • In a different bowl, beat eggs, coconut oil, honey, greek yogurt and vanilla extract until well blended. Stir in the smashed bananas, Kodiak Cakes mix and chopped walnuts.
  • Pour batter into 9×5 inch greased loaf pan, sprinkle with some dark chocolate chips and some chopped walnuts. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until it passes the “toothpick test”. Cool for 10 minutes, slice and ENJOY with a cup of coffee!

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Sheina’s tip: I like putting my banana bread slices in the toaster and then topping it with PB. Simply THE BEST!!!


 Have a wonderful week everyone!
Love,
Sheina Fernandes

START TODAY: 5 tips for a healthier life

Morning everyone!

Hope you are having a wonderful week and are enjoying the warmer days as we get closer to summer time!

Today I want to share a few easy tips for you to start living a healthier life.

These are 5 steps that I personally experienced when I decided to lose weight prior to my weeding in 2013 and that definitely helped me change my lifestyle!

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Before we go on with the tips, I am going to talk a little bit about me. Volleyball was my true love, I have been playing it since when I was 8-years-old until I graduated from college in 2013, I had a very active life but a terrible eating habit, which included cookies, chocolate, pop, fast food, and pizza almost everyday. However, because of my height, I never realized I was overweight. You know those “fake skinny” people? Sometimes they look skinny externally but carry a terrible body composition, well that was me!

During my college years, I was lucky enough to meet the love of my life. We got engaged all the way back in 2010, and in June of 2013, I decided that I wanted to lose weight for the wedding (that happened in December of the same year). My journey wasn’t easy but was definitely worth it.  After 6 months, I did not just lose weights for the big day but I completely changed my lifestyle. I started to change somethings and whole wheat foods, dark chocolate, vegetables and sugarless coffee were not longer a sacrifice and exercising became my good addiction! Today I am glad and happy to say that is not only about losing weight, but is about living healthier and living well!


5 TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER LIFE

1 – Set attainable goals: I think this is the most important one. Setting up a goal and having the desire to change is the very first step. Grab a paper (it can be your calendar, your agenda, or any peace of paper),  write down your desires, and set a deadline by when you want to achieve them.  I love writing down my goals so I cross them out whenever I reach them (just like when we check mark our grocery shop list). Sometimes also like to set goals for the week, short goals can be attained faster and help us to keep pushing for the long-term goals.

2- Make a action plan: After you set your goals, it is time to create a action plan. Knowing all the steps you need to follow to successfully reach your goals, is the key. For example, all the way back in 2013, my initial action plan was to find time to go workout at least 5 times a week and to make healthier eating choices.

3 – Slowly make healthier choices: As I told you, my eating habits were very unhealthy and this was definitely the hardest part for me. Just like baby steps, I started by making few small changes. First I started trying dark chocolate and would go up on the cocoa % every week. So you know,  today one of my favorites chocolates are the 90% cocoa. I gave up on pop and white flour and started to eat whole wheat breads, bagels, and pasta,  brown rice, quinoa and rice cakes. Traded the whole milk for skim milk or almond milk and also started to eat natural peanut butter. My advice for you is: DO NOT be radical. Instead, start making small substitutions. Strict diets are painful and do not last long.

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Exercise: Now that you have made changes in your eating habits, it is time to burn all those healthy calories. Because after all the math is simple, we need to burn more calories than what we consume per day to be able lose weight. And to make this journey easier my advice is for you to find for a exercise you like and enjoy doing it. When going to the gym or studio becomes an obligation, then it is time to change. I personally like going to classes like spinning, cycling, etc. Working out with other people who are striving the same goals, helps to keep me motivated.

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Cook and plan your meals: Cooking your own food and organizing your meals is the key and will definitely help you to keep focusing on your diet. Plan your days ahead of time and make sure you always have a healthy snack with you whenever you go so you don’t end up eating fast junk food. Another tip is to bring your lunch box to work. Besides the fact you are going to be eating a healthy food, you will also be saving lots of money ( I used to take my lunch to work all the time and I loved).

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I have always loved cooking, but if you don’t, here is my advice: get in the kitchen, try new recipes, and get creative. I bet you will be surprised of how many delicious and healthy food you can make!
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Hope my tips can help you like they helped me!

Kisses and hugs,

Sheina 🙂