Recipes

3-Ingredient Paleo Banana Pancake Bread

This week I am challenging #WaffleWednesday with this super simple Paleo Banana Pancake Bread.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a Kitchen Aid mixer, add 1/2 cup pancake mix, 1/2 cup water + 1 ripe banana
  3. Mix until blended smooth
  4. Add to small greased cast iron skillet
  5. Top with chocolate chips (optional)
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown

This turned out AMAZING, was super simple and will now be a staple in the Long house 🙂

Let me know if you guys try it out! Don’t forget to head over to my Instagram where I share more of my food diaries for myself as well as Char, my almost 11-month-old…BRB, while I cry over the fact that she’s almost a toddler.

That’s all for now, XO.

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3-Ingredient Chocolate Covered PB Stuffed Dates

Happy Hump Day!

I’ve been a little under the weather this week but before that happened I made these oh so yummy, super easy treats. I am so excited t share these 3-Ingredient Chocolate Covered PB Stuffed Dates.

Ingredients:

  • Pitted Dated
  • Nut Butter ( I used Jif Natural Creamy PB)
  • Chocolate Chips (I used Enjoy Life Foods DF)
  • Coconut Oil

Directions:

  1. Peel open dates and stuff with desired amount of nut butter
  2. Melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips with 1 TBSP coconut oil (30 sec.)
  3. Dip PB stuffed dates in melted chocolate
  4. Lay on parchment paper + place in fridge for 30 minutes
  5. Taste test + try not to devour all in one sitting 🙂

These are the best mid day snack and late night sweet tooth craving! Recipe adapted from Lex over at Restoring Radiance–> Click HERE for her Instagram + HERE for her blog.

I hope you guys have a great rest of the week and a very happy start to February!!!

That’s all for now, XO.

Recipes

6-Minute Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

These 6-minute hard boiled eggs are by far the fastest and easiest to make + peel that I have ever made 🙌🏼

What you’ll need:

  • Desired number of eggs (I did 6)
  • 1 cup of water
  • Bowl of ice water for after
  • Steamer basket for Instant Pot (yours should have come with one)

Directions:

  1. Place steamer basket in Instant Pot + add 1 cup of water.
  2. Place desired number of eggs in pot
  3. Close lid and ensure it is on “SEALING.”
  4. Manual pressure cook for 6 minutes (it will first take a few minutes for it to come to pressure, once it does your timer will reappear and begin counting down).
  5. One the 6 minute timer goes off, use a towel or pair of tongs to move the pressure nob from “SEALING” to “VENTING.” Immediately move your hand away as the pressure will begin to release.
  6. Once all pressure is released, about 1 minute, use tongs or a slotted spoon to move all eggs over to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
  7. Click cancel on Instant Pot to turn off the warming setting.
  8. Let eggs chill until you peel them. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to one week!

I’ll be enjoying my eggs plain as well as on salads + toast all week long 🙌🏼 What’s your favorite way to eat hard boiled eggs?

PS–sharing my favorite tip for peeling hard boiled eggs over on my Instagram, be sure to follow me there for daily eats!

That’s all for now, XO.

Recipes

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

So I got an Instant Pot for Christmas and y’all, I was so excited. And then I got really overwhelmed with all the settings and didn’t have enough time to really research what they all meant so it sat on my countertop up until 2 days ago. I found a recipe for sweet potatoes on Pinterest and it looked really simple so I decided it give it a try!

Y’all, these were the best sweet potatoes I’ve ever had… seriously, ever.

It was the PERFECT way to break in my Instant Pot because now I feel a little more confident even though I still don’t know what most of it means. You can find the recipe I used here or I’ve also posted it below with my own photos + my sweet potato breakfast bowl 😋

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes:

1. Scrub sweet p’s using water + brush

2. Place steamer basket inside your Instant Pot

3. Add 1 cup of water

4. Add sweet potatoes (can do up to 6 at a time)

5. Close top + ensure valve is set to “sealing”

6. Set pressure cook to 15 minutes

7. Once the timer goes off, the Instant Pot will shut off + start counting up from 1. Leave the Pot sealed and let sit for 25 minutes.

When it gets to 25, your Sweet P’s are tender + ready! and tender they were. Y’all, I was able to just peel the skin right off. SO GOOD 😍

So far, I’ve had one plain for dinner and one for breakfast. I did a bow of sweet potato, natural peanut butter, banana + ancient seeds + grains.

What’s your favorite way to eat Sweet P’s?

That’s all for now,

xo.

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Journey Into Power: Yoga Teacher Training Intentions

In just 2 short days I will be in my first training weekend for my RYT-200 certification in Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga + I am so excited to share this new journey with you guys!

During this 200hr training I will learn the following:

  • Anatomy and physiology foundations as they relate to practice and teaching
  • Traditional yoga philosophy
  • Alignment, modifications + adaptations
  • Meditation teaching
  • Sequencing + essential language
  • Hands on assisting
  • 200 hours sounds like a heck of a lot of yoga training but with my stack of 6 books, an empty journal + a brand new mat, I’m sure the time will FLY. The training is set up to be one weekend a month (Friday-Sunday), for 8 months. My particular training will take place from January to August.
  • My personal intentions:
    • I intend to grow my personal yoga practice from a mind, body + spiritual aspect. I want to connect more deeply with the poses–not just take them at physical value, but really strengthen my mind to push past any barriers or limitations I’ve set for myself.
      I want to focus on my drishti, which means gaze, on and off the mat. From the Journey Into Power book, Baron Baptist’s says “Part of drishti is samadhi, which is neutral vision. Neutral vision means to see without judgement, without ego, without impatience. It is to see through a clear lens, rather than viewing your experience through the rear view mirror of your past perceptions.”
      Flexibility–this is something I will have to work at daily for my entire yoga life. I would love to take pictures of my poses BEFORE my training and AFTER.
      Flow–I cannot wait to learn all the poses and how to put them together so that way I can experiment in my own practice with fun flows🧘🏻‍♀️
      The Lingo–I will make flash cards to learn them all, but eventually I won’t have to glance at my neighbor when the instructor says “CHATURANGA DANDASANA” because I will know that she means low push up 🤣
  • Most importantly, I am looking forward to having this time for myself to work on my own practice, so that in the future, I am able to help others do the same. I’ve always had a passion for health + wellness and I cannot wait to see where this new journey leads. This is only the beginning my dear friends ❤️
  • I will document my journey on here with a monthly recap of my trainings, so be sure to check back! But for daily updates of my journey, follow me on Instagram!
  • It only feels right to end this post with namaste 🙏🏼

    Recipes

    BLW Banana “French Toast”

    Charlotte is almost 10 months old with just 2 little teeth popped through the surface. We started her with purées around 5 months and started transitioning her to table food around 8 months! BLW (baby led weaning) can be a bit scary–especially for a first time mama but do your research and I think you’ll find it’s actually fun! I didn’t mind making Char’s purées because I love cooking but the convenience of finger foods is great! Obviously consult your pediatrician before deciding between purées and BLW to find what’s best for you!

    My favorite resource: @feedinglittles

    BLW Banana “French Toast” Recipe:

    Prep time: 5 minutes

    Cook time: 8-10 minutes

    Ingredients:

    1 Ripe Banana

    50 mL Almond Milk

    Cinnamon

    Bread

    Directions:

    You can store the remainder in an air right container in the fridge for up to a week, if they even last that long!

    Not only are these great for baby, but for mama too ❤️ Let me know if you guys try them!

    I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas! We are looking forward to 2019 in our house as we have so many great opportunities coming up. But as we look ahead into new possibilities, don’t forget to reflect on all the blessings of 2018 🙌🏼 God is so good, y’all and it’s always so fun to look back and realize why things happened the way they did, even if we didn’t understand it in the moment.

    XoXo

    Recipes

    4-Ingredient Banana Oat Cookies

    Merry Christmas Eve! Sharing my absolute favorite healthy cookie recipe, like the kind that can be eaten for breakfast! 🙌🏼

    All my mamas out there, if you don’t have cookies for Santa yet, these are super easy and I bet you have all the ingredients in your kitchen already!

    4-Ingredient Banana Oat Cookies

    Prep time: 5 minutes

    Cook time: 10 minutes

    Ingredients:

    • 1.5 cups old fashion oats
    • 2 medium ripe bananas
    • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips)
    • Hefty sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
    2. Combine all ingredients in Kitchen Aid mixer (if using mixer, it will mash the banana–if mixing by hand, mash bananas before), mix on low speed until all ingredients are combined
    3. Scoop into cookie size globs onto a lined baking sheet
    4. Bake for 10 minutes

    OPTIONAL: top with a melty peanut butter drizzle! TIP–use powdered peanut butter so that you can determine the consistency for an easy drizzle!

    Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! I hope Santa enjoys these healthier cookies 🎅🏼