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 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

4 Tips For You to Start Working Out in the Morning

Hello everyone!

How is your week going so far? Mine has been pretty good, very busy! I don’t know about you, but I still can’t believe it is already August!

As you know, I LOVE getting my exercise done in the morning before work (between 5:00/6:00 am). In my opinion it is the best way to start the day! However, a lot people think I’m crazy and I often hear “how do you do it?” or ” Oh, I wish I could wake up in the morning too”.

So today I decided to share a few personal tips that really work for me when comes to morning workouts!


4 Tips For You To Start Working Out in the Morning

1- Plan your day: I try as much as possible to organize my day the night before… I mean lunch bag/snacks (meal prep MODE ON) ready, workout clothes and work outfit picked out, and anything that can help your morning routine before hitting the gym ( specially if you go to work right after). If you struggle in the getting stuff done in the morning, this is definitely one tip that will make your life MUCH EASIER.

2- Give yourself enough time to wake up: I personally like to set my alarm o’clock  for at least 30 mim before I plan to start my workout. So for example, when I start at 6:00, I set up my alarm for 5:25-5:30 ish. That gives me enough time to change, get ready, eat a quick pre-workout snack (which most the times I eat a banana or few dates), and drive to the gym (which takes less than 10 minutes). Then by the time I start my warm-up, I AM ACTUALLY AWAKE and ready to roll!!!

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3- Find a “gym buddy”: This is a game changer. Since mornings workouts are more challeging, having someone to hold you accountable is a huge motivation!

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I personally have a “gym buddy” and I love it. Sometimes we text each other at before going to bed with messages like “see you tomorrow” and in the mornings with a simple “good morning” just to make sure we are both awake. Knowing that someone will be at the gym with to encourage you is definitely a great motivation to get out the bed!

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4- Set up goals and don’t give up: I know, I know… getting up at 5:30 in the morning is not always fun and exciting. I struggle sometimes too and I would be lying if I said it is always easy to leave my comfy warm bed. However, like everything in life, we need to set up our goals, be persistent, and allow our body to adapt to the new routine! It won’t be easy and the you might want to give up on the first week of waking up early, but I PROMISE you that after you get used to exercising early you will never want to go back to late evenings workout!

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Hope you enjoyed my tips!

Love,

Sheina Fernandes

 

HIGH-PROTEIN PANCAKES

Happy Thursday everyone!

How is your week going so far?

Today I want to share with you a quick, easy, and delicious recipe that helps me A LOT when I am craving something sweet!

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This HIGH-PROTEIN pancake is a great option for breakfast or even a afternoon snack and can be topped with almost anything… fruits, nuts butter, honey, dark chocolate chips, and so on.


HIGH-PROTEIN PANCAKES

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 10g GLUTEN FREE oats
  • 1 scoop (16g) vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Coconut oil
  • Natural peanut butter (optional)
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Directions: In a mixer or mixing bowl, mix the egg whites, oats, cinnamon, and protein powder. Heat a frying pan on low heat with coconut oil and once it get extremely hot, pour your pancake batter onto it. When you start to see bubbles, remove cover, flip the pancakes, and cover again for approximately 1 minute until both sides are golden brown!

Let your creativity go wild when choosing your toppings.. For this one I used strawberries, natural peanut butter, and  honey . Soooo good!


Xoxo,

Sheina Fernandes

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

ENERGY BALLS: bolinhas energéticas para turbinar seu treino

Olá meus amores, tudo bem?

Eu sei que faz tempo que não apareço por aqui na versão Português então por isso vim aqui compartilhar uma receitinha deliciosa que fiz semana passado e foi maior sucesso lá em casa!

Pra quem não sabe, as energy balls são literalmente “bolinhas de energia” e são super populares aqui nos EUA (tem em quase todos os cafés/restaurantes naturais). Elas são uma delícia e é uma ótima opção de pré-treino ou lanchinhos dependendo do seu plano alimentar!

Por gostar tanto resolvi inventar a minha própria receita de “energy ball” com os meus ingredientes favoritos. E já aviso que os amantes de pasta de amendoim vão adorar!!


ENERGY BALLS de pasta de amendoim e chocolate 

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Ingredientes

  • 60g de tâmaras (+- 9 unidades)
  • 6 col. de pasta de amendoim natural
  • 1 xic. de aveia em flocos
  • 1/4 xic. de farinha de linhaça
  • 1 scoop de whey de baunilha
  • 60g de chips de chocolate amargo (eu uso o 60% cacau)
  • 1 col. de sopa de mel

Modo de preparo: Triture as tâmaras, pasta de amendoim e o mel em um mixer e reserve. Aos poucos adicione os outros ingredientes e misture até formar uma massa homogênea. Leve ao refrigerador por 1 hora e forme pequenas “energy balls”. ** Rende 16 bolinhas.

Informação nutricional por “energy ball” : 110 calorias – 11.8g carbo – 5.8g gordura – 3.6g proteína – 5.7g de açúcar – 2.2g fibra.


Espero que tenham gostado 🙂

Beijinhos

Sheina

HEALTHY and TAN skin at Bare Med Spa

Hello loves, how is your week going?

I really enjoyed the rainy weekend as I got to spend some quality time with my hubby. On Saturday we did the Factory Tour at the Roasterie in Kansas City downtown and made homemade pizza for dinner (LOVE “off meals”). Sunday morning we went to church, then after lunch we talked to our family from Brazil, and just relaxed the rest of the day!

Did you do anything fun? Hope you had a great weekend too!

Now changing subjects, as you all know, I am not very disciplined when it comes to skin care and just few months ago I had my first skin treatment at Bare Med Spa (the Hydrafacial treatment).

After doing the Hydrafacial, the Bare Med Spa esthetician recommend me the Dermaplane treatment and I have done it twice already. I absolutely LOVED the hairless feel and smoothness of my skin afterwards.

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Bare-faced selfie after my first Dermaplane procedure.

A little bit about the DERMAPLANE TREATMENT

Dermaplane is a procedure that removes the dead epidermal cells of your skin and all the “tiny” facial hairs as well.  The results are immediately: healthier looking and smoother skin. The procedure takes around 30 minutes and is totally PAINLESS. I know some of you think it is painful because of the blade used to scrap off the dead skin, however,  it is NOT.  At the Bare Med Spa, the Dermaplane procedure is a very relaxing experience as they finish up the section with a very refreshing moisturizing mask combined with a facial steam to hydrate the new facial skin.


SPRAY TAN 

Also, as probably saw on my Instagram,  I recently did my first Spray Tan EVER at Bare Med Spa. At the first section I asked her to go easy on the color because I was honestly a little afraid to turn orange lol. However, like always, they did an AWESOME job. I loved my skin color afterwards and how natural it looked. And besides, it is much healthier to our skin than doing tanning beds. And of course I got a little addicted to it and went for one more spray tan section a week later. On my second time I asked Lindsey make me look tanner and she did awesome, I literally felt I was in Brazil and had just came back from the beach! It makes me so excited for summer 🙂

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Right after my second Spray Tanning sesh!

Info: The Spray Tan service is only available at the Park Place location ( 5265 W 116th Place, Leawood, KS 66211)


Hope you liked today’s post!

Have a great week 🙂

Love,

Sheina Fernandes

LOW CARB PANCAKE

Good morning! How are you?

Hope you had a great Easter!

I loved my Sunday… I got to spend some quality time with my American family and friends, we had a delicious “country style” lunch with a homemade cheesecake and easter cupcakes for dessert, played outside games, died eggs, and enjoyed the beautiful and peaceful day out in the country!

I do believe that being healthy is living with BALANCE and that we need to treat ourselves sometimes WITHOUT NEUROSES… I enjoyed every bit of that homemade cheesecake with a strong and warn Brazilian coffee, which was worth every single calorie!!

And to help us to get back to our healthy eating routine, today I am going to share with you a LOW CARB pancake recipe for a delicious breakfast or even snack.


LOW CARB PANCAKE

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Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs whites
  • 10g flaxseeds flour
  • cinnamon to taste
  • Coconut oil
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Red berries or any fruit of your preference

First, whisk the egg whites until they become frothy. Now add the flaxseed flour and cinnamon, and whisk the egg whites for few more seconds. Transfer the mixture to an coconut sprayed skillet in medium heat and flip the pancake until both sides turn to a golden color. Lastly, spread peanut butter on the pancake and top it with the red berries.

TIP: serve it warm and enjoy with a freshly brewed cup of coffee!


Please let me know if you try the recipe and feel free to tag me in your pics on Instagram (@sheinafernandes). I will love to see how they turn out 🙂

Wishing you a great week!

Kisses and hugs,

Sheina Fernandes