Healthy Pumpkin Spice Cookies (gluten free)

Happy Friday everyone!

Hope you had a great (cold) week and have fun things planned out for the weekend. Life has been a little busy with school, work, getting ready to move to a new place, and everything else in between! But I can’t complain at all… Life is GREAT!

Anyway, today I want to share with you a new recipe I tried last week and was a total hit (I have done it 3 times already lol). These cookies are protein packed, nutrient-rich, and DELICIOUS!


Healthy Pumpkin Spice Cookies

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Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cup rolled GF oats
  • 1 cup GF quick oats
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened, dried cranberries
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a separate bowl warm the coconut oil and honey.
  3. In a large bowl combine the oats, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, ground flax, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Add the pumpkin puree, eggs and warmed coconut oil and honey. Stir until fully combined.
  4. Drop scoops of the mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. And like always… Serve the cookies warm  and with a good cup of coffee 🙂

These cookies are great option for snacks and on-the-go breakfast!

**This recipe makes 11 cookies.


Love,

Sheina

5-minute Healthy Banana Mug Cake

Happy friday everyone!

I know I know, it’s been a while… but life has been a little busy lately and I haven’t had time to blog as much. My house is under construction (which is driving me C R A Z Y), and my MBA classes are consuming almost all my free time. But better later than never, right? Now I’m back and I promise to come here more often.

If you follow me on Instagram you probably know I haven’t been able to cook as much and because of it, microwave as become my best friend. So today I decided to share with you this quick and healthy recipe that only takes few ingredients and a microwave!

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5-minute Healthy Banana Mug Cake

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 smashed banana
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp oats
  • 1 tbsp almond milk (or preferred milk)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Cinnamon to taste

INSTRUCTIONS: In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients, and mix until well blended. Transfer the mixture to a mug, place it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Pick your (healhty) toppings and ENJOY!

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PS: My favorite toppings are peanut butter, honey and cinnamon, and dark chocolate chips!


Easy right? Please let me know what you think whenever you make it. And if you share an pic on Instagram, don’t forget to tag me so I can see it (@sheinafernandes).

Have a good weekend you’ll!

Healthy Sweet Potato Fudge Brownie

Hello loves!

How is everybody’s week going? My week is going great: working, spending hours on my projects for my MBA class, and of course trying new healthy recipes in my spare time!

Now it is time to talk about some yummy food. Are you ready to learn how to make the best (and easiest) healthy brownie EVER???  Continue reading “Healthy Sweet Potato Fudge Brownie”

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

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Hope you’re having a great week and are enjoying the summer so far!

Lately, I have been getting lots of fresh zucchinis from my friends (which I love by the way) so I had to start coming up with different recipes to use them all! I did zucchini noodles, roasted zucchini, and so on. But my favorite one so far was the “Chocolate Zucchini Bread” I did last weekend! It was super moist, tasted just like a traditional chocolate cake, and much healthier.

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CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BREAD

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups grated zucchini
  • 2 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour
  • 1 scoop @furtherfood
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and set aside. In a different bowl eat sugar and eggs, add melted butter, instant coffee granules, almond and vanilla extract. Stir zucchini into sugar egg mixture, and add it into the flour mixture. Divide batter into 2 pans and bake for 40 minutes at 350°F.

Tip: Warm the bread for a few seconds and add PB on it. Sooo good!


Hope you enjoyed it! Tag on Instagram if you ever make it 🙂

Love,

Sheina

FOOD and FARMING at GBS Influence Event!

HAPPY FRIDAY everyone!

Today’s post is about food and farming! I am going to share with you a little bit about the 1st 2017 influencer event “Fun, Fearless, Food” by GBS Influence in partnership with CommomGround and Shining Stars Catering.

PS: be ready for some delicious food pics!

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First, we were welcomed with fresh appetizzers by Shining Stars Catering, which by the way had the most gorgeous vegetable platter i’ve ever seen! Then we enjoyed a delicious “farm to table” dinner. The food was incredibly tasty. We had grilled chicken with cranberry-walnut salad and mini quiches. I was amazed with the quality and freshness of everything. I would highly recommend their services to anyone!

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Besides all the amazing food, Shining Stars Catering is also passionate about sustainability and have the “green” mindset for their business. They use 100% recyclable and biodegradable eco plating and flatware for the Drop Offs, recycle 100% of their packing, paper, and plastics, they grow their own herbs, purchase from local growers as much as possible, and so much more!

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Deborah Williams, Executive Chef and owner of Shining Stars Catering.

After the food blast, we had a awesome conversation about farming and food with two representatives from CommomGround. For those who don’t know, CommomGround is a volunteer group funded by moms and farmers from the corn and soybean checkoff programs. Their main goal is to educate people about the food they grow, how they are produced, and mostly important, they teach/encourage the consumers to make fearless and smarter food choices before bringing food to their houses. Isn’t that awesome?!

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Skype conference call with one of the CommomGround farmers.

During our conversation, they shared personal experiences, talked about their daily activities at the farm, and answered lots of questions. They also gave us two real life scenarios with questions like “what features do you look for as indications or quality or nutrition?”, or ” what qualities are you seeking out in the meats you choose?” and I though it was great because I never really took time to think about these little details when grocery shopping.

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I learned so much during our conversation. These women love what they do and more importantly, they do it with passion (they even got teary eyed when talking about their family and farm life).

Thank you GBS Influence for hosting such a great event!

Love,

Sheina Fernandes

INDULGE KC: Inspire, Sweat, Connect.

Hello loves, how are you?

Hope you are having great week so far!

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Few weeks ago, more exactly on April 22nd, I had the pleasure to be part of the second INDULGE KC event, founded by Sarah Buchanan (the BEST cycling instructor). The INDULGE is the perfect combination of inspirational speeches, workouts, healthy foods, and positive vibes. The goal is to create a day where woman come together to put themselves first, define their own balance, and feel like BADASS BABE WARRIORS.

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To me, INDULGE was more than just a fitness event. It was a day full of inspiring and positive words that encouraged me to believe in my dreams (even more), and to have the strengths to pursue them.


INDULGE KC 2017

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The event was held at the Freight House Fitness (one of coolest boot camp space I’ve seen) and we were welcome with healthy treats from Unbakery Juicery including their delicious protein balls, Rawxies bars, and warm coffee.

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The event started with few words from REbel, a student driven, peer education and prevention program that focus on helping people with body image issues. LOVE yourself, LOVE your body. That was the main message of the speech. We discussed how the society and social media are negatively affecting people and making  them believe they are not good enough.18553663_1777105468971618_1693929704_o

But, by the end of the speech I realized that WE ARE ENOUGH! We just need to create a “positivity bubble” around by accepting compliments and learning to saying THANK YOU, complimenting people not only based on their appearance, focusing on our internal well being, and the most important one, saying something good about ourselves everyday!

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Sarah Buchanan

The next speaker was the event creator, Sarah Buchanan. She is a woman with a strong personality. I first talked Sarah through Instagram DM, but when we first met I could already fell her “good energy”. I loved her message! She talked about passion, going after our dreams, and doing what makes you happy. If someone says you can’t do something, then ask yourself “WHY NOT?”. We need to set our goals, take action, and achieve them no matter what other people might think of it! Prove to yourself you are capable of anything you set your mind to do. Thanks for the great message Sarah 🙂

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Diana Davis

Next we heard from Diana Davis, a Kansas city marathon runner and Lululemon’s store manager. Her message was great. She spoke about life goals, the importance of writing them down, and a few steps we need to take to accomplish them. My favorite part of her speech was when she asked us to close our eyes and visualize our lives in the next 3-5 years. Then we wrote down how we felt in that situation, who was around us, and what surprised us the most about our vision. It was a simple exercise, but it helped me realize where I want to be with my life and the steps I need to take reach my happiness.

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Hailee Bland-Walsh

Towards the end we heard from Hailee Bland-Walsh. She is the owner and founder of City Gym, a former professional soccer player, and motivational speaker. It was one of the most inspiring speeches I’ve heard. She started off with a very strong statement, “BALANCE IS BULL SHIT”. What? I’ve always said that balance is everything! But then, I started to understand her message. Hailee explained that when you have passion for something or a project you really want to achieve, you CAN NOT have balance. To be successful and to reach your dreams, you have to put all you have into it until you reach them. As she said, to have balance you have to be perfect, and that is impossible. I loved her message. She made me rethink about my actions and  what and who deserves my time and love.

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Besides all the motivational words, we also had outdoor boxing workout by Title Boxing Club, boot camp circuit by Freight House Fitness, and finished with an yoga+ stretching class by Power Life Yoga. Also the INDULGE staff took the time, reached out to our emergency contacts, and ask them to write what they admire about us. Then, during Shavasana, the INDULGE staff read all the love messages out loud to us. What a perfect ending!

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I had a blast, and I am so glad I was able to attend it ( my weekend trip got cancelled 2 days before the event).

Pictures: Allyson Cheney (most of pics) and me.


Hope to see you all on the next INDULGE KC event!

Kisses and hugs 🙂

Sheina Fernandes