Paleo Banana Bread

Found this yummy recipe online and I just could not resist. The good news: it’s made with almond meal so there are no processed carbs! Give it a try, it was very easy to follow.

Ingredients

2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup flax-seed meal
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup chopped nuts (I left this out)
4 really ripe bananas (mashed well)
2 tbsp raw honey
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, add the mashed bananas, eggs, honey, and vanilla and mix well.

4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
5. Fill greased muffin tins, baking cups, mini-loaf pans or big loaf pans about 3/4 full. Bake muffins for 23-25 minutes and loaves for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

I enjoy a piece every morning with a cup of green tea! YUM!

Update!!!

I have made this recipe a little cleaner by replacing honey for 1/4 tsp of stevia extract and adding 2 scoops of whey protein. I also used 3 bananas instead of 4. Same great taste!!! 😊

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Strawberry Mousse

It’s a quick and simple way to have a treat. You can do this with any fruit and even dark chocolate!

First take a can of coconut milk and leave in the fridge overnight. Once you are ready to make this mousse, take the can out carefully without shaking it. The “cream” inside will separate with the coconut “water” and you don’t want to shake it up and mix it. Open can carefully and spoon out the “cream” without any liquid and place in bowl.

Beat “cream” until smooth and creamy.

Add in the fruit or flavoring of your liking and beat again until well mixed. I used frozen strawberries and placed them in the microwave for a minute or so until soft.

Pour into serving dish and refrigerate for a couple of hours until it has thickened. Garnish and serve cold!

A Few Proud Moments

Where has my free time gone? Between a crazy month at work and getting in as much training time as I can for my upcoming race I barely have any time for cooking and blogging. 😦 Magazines pile away on my coffee table without getting a chance to glance through them. Forget TV time! By the time I finally hit the couch, I’m out in 5 minutes. But I do have a few things I wanted to share….

First, Spartan race. Yup I survived the Super Spartan race with my Jungle Fitness team! I’m happy to report that over 200 teams participated and we ranked in second place!

Another great moment was when I found I was included in the honorable mentions of the Healthiest Person You know Contest This contest was by nominations only in which my husband wrote the The Best Compliment Ever! I was really surprised and excited about it.

Last but not least, my fund-raising efforts for The Nautica South Beach Triathlon benefiting St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital were outstanding! I reached $1,020!!!!!!! All I can say is THANK YOU to all my friends and family for the support. That surpassed my first goal I couldn’t be happier to help in such a good cause! I will be ready to race on April 1st!

Tea Time!

Maybe about six months ago or so I started drinking tea in replacement for coffee. At first I was not a big fan but by trying out different brands and flavors it quickly became part of my daily routine. Green tea being my favorite, I would buy flavored (blueberry, mango or orange) tea and sweetened it with a bit of honey. Little by little I realized the honey was not needed and now I have my tea without adding anything else.

A few months ago my cousin recommended me Adagio Teas. It took me a while to get around to it but just last week I ordered my first batch.

I bought a few sampler boxes of green and black teas to start and try different flavors. Ohhhh myyyy! These teas are so delicious. You can really taste the difference in quality vs. the store-bought tea bags.
So far, I’ve tried the Citron, Apricot, and Raspberry green tea flavors.

Check it out and give them a try! I’m enjoying mine as I type! 😉

Double Chocolate Orange Torte

Yesterday was a successful baking day for me and I was so excited. I made a couple of recipes and they all turned out great. This one was my favorite so I will share it first. This is a rich chocolate torte with just the right hint of orange… Oh so good! I was very excited to have shared this recipe with friends and I was glad the enjoyed it. 🙂

This recipe is from Elena’s Pantry website, it just never lets me down for a healthy delicious dessert!

Ingredients
½ cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup blanched almond flour
¼ cup cacao powder
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
3 eggs
½ cup agave nectar
½ cup grape seed oil
1 tablespoon orange zest
½ cup dark chocolate chips


Here in the picture I forgot to include grape seed oil so don’t forget yours!

Directions
– Place ½ cup chocolate chips in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground to the texture of gravel.
– Pulse in almond flour, cacao powder and salt and process until well combined, about 10 seconds.
– Add eggs to food processor and pulse again, then add in agave, grape seed oil and orange zest.
– Pulse all ingredients together until smooth.
– Remove “bowl” from food processor and stir in second ½ cup of chocolate chips using a spoon or spatula.
– Transfer batter into a well oiled 10 inch springform pan.
– Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Stretching 101

Stretching is something as important as the work you do in training. For me it’s a constant struggle to remember to take the time to do it, specially after working out. It seems that I put more focus on it when dealing with an injury and once healed I tend to forget to stretch.

Here is some good information I found on all kinds of stretching exercises.

Stretch

I also found another blog here that talks about stretching.

Stretch, stretch, stretch! Have a good week!