Oh hi. Cool. Long time no talk. I haven’t been around much to blog or catch up with my favorites. Here’s some things that have been going on with me….
Red kuri squash is back. I’m a happy camper. This is hands down my favorite winter squash and it’s not even close. Ella shares in the love for it too!
I slice it thin in little triangles then roast at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes with olive oil, salt, pepper, and cinnamon. It gets all crispy and the house smells so divine. Incredible.
I spent the weekend at my first yoga teacher training….!
I missed the first [scheduled] weekend (due to the accident ) and hadn’t taken a class all week because I was letting my body heal. I got on the elliptical machine Thursday and Friday to see how low impact would feel and luckily it was fine. So when I got to my teacher training I was a nervous wreck when I found out how hands on it was (especially after missing the first weekend and being behind). Our teacher is amazing, and everyone is so helpful in class. It’s like, I know the sequence as a student, I always anticipate what’s next—but teaching it? That’s a whole other animal. Very nerve wracking! Even though I’ve been a trainer for 10 years this is all new to me, teaching yoga classes. I have lots of studying to do (which involves taking lots of classes– so that’s fun!) I’ll have more to add later about my intentions, changes in myself, etc. For now I am trying to make this post quick!
Ever since the accident, Mike and I decided no driving into the city for me. It’s stressful enough between the crazy drivers and the traffic. I decided to take the train down and it was actually really nice. The studio it a good 10-15 minute walk from the station. The weather’s been just beautiful so I love it! After class I needed something light and refreshing so I stopped for a juice (beet, ginger, carrot and celery).
We get a half hour break during each workshop…I was kind of rushing all weekend, and wanted to bring something small, easy and that would give me energy. Hardboiled eggs are stinky– and just a piece of fruit and nuts didn’t seem like enough! I inatead revamped my mini banana chocolate chip mug cake recipe to make it grain-free, high protein but with no protein powder, and it turned out great!
Mini Grain-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
this mug cake was moist, satisfying and delicious! Great for on the go…I find it is much better than a protein bar, which always leaves me hungry!
1 Tablespoon coconut flour
1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 Tablespoon ground chia seeds
1 Tablespoon ground hemp seeds
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
a pinch of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon softened coconut oil
2 Tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
1/2 large ripe mashed banana
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 Tablespoons 70% cacao chocolate chips
10 drops NuNaturals liquid stevia
Coat a large mug or a large ramekin with coconut oil. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Then, beat in the egg, milk, vanilla, stevia and coconut oil. Fold in mashed banana and chocolate chips. Either heat in microwave for 2:30 minutes on high, or bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Unrelated, but wanted to share: I saw this useful chart on facebook for soaking and sprouting nuts, grains, beans and seeds via VegTV .
Each of these are covered in enzyme inhibitors which prevent premature germination and store nutrients for plant growth. When humans consume these chemicals they reduce the absorption of important minerals and proteins, which can cause nutrient deficiencies and other health problems. Soaking and sprouting will bypass this issue as it activates the seed and neutralizes the inhibitors:
Now, which foods on this list are foods that are now genetically modified )? I will tell you: Corn, Flax(!), and Wheat. So buy organic or ask questions (did you know that zucchini, yellow squash and Hawaiian papaya are foods that the US genetically modifies too (along with soy and canola, yuck)! Outrageous.
seriously..I am obsessed with LIL BUB. She was born with no teeth and six toes and she is SO cute!! I got my whole family obsessed now too…check out the segment on him if you haven’t seen it already! She’s SO adorable! And, we had a cat names Bubbies (RIP), so I love the name.