Oh hey there.
Long time, no talk! Sorry I've been M.I.A. for a few days- I've been working on some awesome recipes and content to share with you guys!
How has everyone's week been going? Mine has been a little hectic, but I'm trying to remain present and enjoy the moment, whatever that may be. While I've been running around (quite literally), I noticed that I hadn't eaten my bananas in days.
Well. You know what that means.
BANANA BREAD TIME!
I'm this recipe via Monique's blog, Ambitious Kitchen, and am super pumped. It's so yummy, moist, and sweet. You would never know that it's completely gluten-free and paleo! It's also full of fiber and low in sugar. Instead of honey, I swapped in coconut sugar, which is different than regular sugar in that doesn't give you that same sugar rush and is processed differently in the body. A much healthier alternative to that white processed stuff ;)
My favorite part is the chocolate chips in it. If anyone knows me well, you'd know that dark chocolate is the way to my heart. Give me anything with chocolate, and I will be one happy camper!
Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think! Thanks, Monique, for whipping up such a wonderful creation :)
Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen
Note: Nutrition facts include Lily's stevia sweetened chocolate chips!
That's it for now! Stay tuned tomorrow for more recipes and exciting news!
Good Morning, crew!
How was everyone's weekend?! Mine was pretty spectacular actually and it's because it was just so simple. Sometimes the simpler, the better, ya know?
This weekend, I did something drastic. I took not one, but TWO rest days.
Is that crazy or what?! I'm actually feeling super good about it! I've been training really hard lately, so my body definitely needed the break. I caught up on sleep (slept in till 7:30/8:00 am both Saturday and Sunday), made banana pancakes for my boyfriend and myself, lounge around, and explored the city! It was a beautiful, quiet, simple weekend. And I loved every minute of it!
Banana cinnamon walnut pancakes for him and straight up banana pancakes with Greek yogurt for moi! :) After chowing down Saturday morning, we walked the High Line. If you're ever in NYC, this is a must-do! It stretches from midtown all the way to downtown and is filled with patches of beautiful botanical gardens, sculptures, and views along the way. You sort of feel like you're in another city; like you're above all of the commotion that is New York, completely removed from the din below.
Not too bad, ya? ;) Sunday was spent catching up on the little to-dos, such as laundry, cleaning, and meal prep. Sunday evening, I travelled home and had dinner with the family and some family friends at the beach. Nothing beats a view like this :)
We got home pretty late, but I was still hungry, so I helped myself to some yummy Halo top ice cream! The Birthday cake flavor is incredible! I love it because usually, heavy dairy upsets my stomach, but this is not too hard! That being said, I do love my weekly Van Leewuen's ice cream- nothing beats a cup of the Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Swirl mixed with hot fudge and sprinkles. Oh yeah. I go all out, I promise ;)
And now on to the week! I had a beautiful run this morning, followed by some strength training, so I was in desperate need of a hearty recovery smoothie. Fun fact: Not all smoothies have to be green! I know a lot of bloggers will put in a lot of veggies (I do love to do that too), but some times I don't want a smoothie to be green! I want it to be purple, red, vanilla, or maybe pink! Embracing the colors of the rainbow over here. Let's do it!
This smoothie is full of the perfect recovery fuel after a long workout. With a banana base, I add in some maca powder, plant-based protein, a spoonful of almond butter, and some cinnamon. It's incredible, creamy, and oh-so satisfying. Check it out!
Maca Almond Recovery Smoothie
That's it for now! Hope you guys enjoy :) Let me know how your weekend was in the comments below! Have a beautiful Monday!
Happy Friday, everyone!
I don't know about you, but this week went so slow, so I'm v. pumped it's finally the weekend! I get to paint, go to yoga, run, and relax. My college friend is also visiting, so I'm sure we'll be doing a lot of sight-seeing and museum exploring as well!
I just finished my run, showered, and had a yummy maca smoothie bowl (recipe to come soon!), so I'm feeling energized and refreshed! This one had some avocado in it as well- it makes for the creamiest smoothie bowl!
Even though I'm racing off to yoga now, I wanted to share with you my favorite go-to salad that I always make when I'm in a pinch. It's so simple, yet so satisfying! I like to add a bit of protein, whether that be an egg, some quinoa, and chickpeas (or even chicken if you like!) to help stave off the hunger until snack time (a v. important time of day in my book). What I also love about this salad is that it's so customizable- I literally use any veggies that I have on hand! Today, I chose asparagus, mushrooms, green beans, and broccoli, but I also love Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, zucchini, etc.!
Enjoy, and have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Do something for you this weekend- whether that be going for a walk, enjoying a nice glass of rosé on your porch, meditating, you name it! Take time out of your weekend to do something nice for you! :)
Have a great weekend! Comment below what your favorite veggies are!
Guess what!? It's hump day.
I don't know about you, but as August is coming to a close, I know that I'll switching gears from all things summer to full-out FALL: my favorite season, and not just because my birthday is coming up. But before I go on a tangential rant about how much I love fall (I'll save that for next month, don't you worry!), I wanted to satisfy my intense craving for bananas this past week.
Yes, like the name of my blog suggests, you will find lots of bananas here. Banana bread, banana muffins, banana cream pie, banana oatmeal, bananas with almond butter and chocolate chips, banana-based smoothies, banana ice cream...I could go on! There's just something so comforting about the taste of bananas that always puts a smile on my face.
Aside from being a sweet and yummy treat, they're also full of potassium and magnesium- essential for the recovery of muscles in order to build lean muscle mass (Eat This, Not That!). Bananas also contain folate (Vitamin B9), a vitamin that may help fight depression (maybe that's why I smile a lot when I eat bananas!) (ibid). Not bad, huh?
So I did some exploring, and I visited one of my favorite blogs, Chocolate Covered Katie, to find the perfect gluten-free banana muffin/cookie recipe. Now, when I say these are the best banana muffins I have had, I mean it. Forget that they're gluten (and refined-sugar) free, they could be entered into a competition against any other regular banana muffin, and I can guarantee you that these would beat out every single muffin. Don't believe me? Try them out for yourself!
Made with bananas, white beans, GF oats, and almond butter, these cookie-muffins are such a simple recipe and are the perfect afternoon snack. I love to spread a little almond butter on them, or I break them up and mix them into a bit of Greek yogurt with some chocolate chips. YUM!
Flourless Banana Cookies (adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie)
I don't think anyone can love breakfast as much as I do.
Literally impossible. Breakfast is my hands-down favorite meal of the day. Despite my Italian heritage, I love breakfast. In fact, breakfast is usually the one thing on my mind when I go to sleep each night. What am I going to eat? The options are endless. Yes, even for the glutenoids like myself (I see you out there).
One of my all-time favorite and go-to recipes is overnight oats. A brilliant mixture of oats, greek yogurt (if you're vegan, try mixing almond milk and your favorite plant-based protein powder together!), almond milk, and toppings-galore. So yummy. So filling. So delicious. I typically top mine with fresh fruit, chia seeds, nuts, nut butter, or chocolate chips- mix and match your favorites!
The oats are...
Easy to make...
Made with ingredients you can feel good about!!
Below is my standard recipe for overnight oats. This is a make ahead recipe, so you can make this right before you go to sleep the night before. When you wake up, you'll have a bowl full of yummy yoats! As my blog grows, be on the lookout for more variations, as I plan on sharing with you my versions of brownie batter oats, cookie dough oats, banana cream pie oats, golden milk oats, and more! Just you wait!
Nutrition Facts (without toppings and using Stevia): Calories: 250, Fat: 4.4 g, Sodium: 140 mg, Potassium: 500 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 32.7 g, Dietary Fiber: 4.6 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 17.9 g
"Making Banana Pancakes"
You know that song? One of my absolute favorites by Jack Johnson. Whenever I listen to it, I'm always put in a good mood. It makes me feel like it's a slow Sunday morning, when you stay in your pjs most of the day and it's a little rainy outside. Mm!
Today, I want to share with you my recipe for banana pancakes- a gluten-free, two (to four) ingredient pancake recipe using mainly a banana and an egg!
These guys are SO delicious.
And for all of you who can't eat gluten (moi included), these are completely gluten-free. It doesn't get any better! I like to add in a dash of cinnamon and a 1/4 tsp of vanilla bean extract to give it a kick. Add your favorite toppings to personalize them! I love to add some greek yogurt dollops, but they would be delicious with nuts, nut butters, chocolate chips, sprinkles (someone's birthday is next month...*cough* *cough*), etc. Check out the recipe below!
Good morning, everyone!
Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday so far! I can't believe it's already August 16th...this summer has flown by, and I'm losing track of the days. After my run this morning, I whipped up this awesome smoothie bowl (sorry, roomies, for the noise!), and I wanted to share with you the recipe!
This recipe is a great post-workout smoothie bowl, as it's filled with plant-based protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats to refuel your body, regulate insulin, and help your muscles recover faster. It's a simple base of a frozen banana, frozen strawberries, some almond milk, spinach, and matcha powder (for those green tea fans!). I love topping mine with a spoonful of almond butter and a sprinkle of chia seeds (gotta get those omega-3s in!).
One thing I love about bowls is the convenience factor- you can literally pile in anything that you want, and it's all in one bowl, all mixed together in a blend of yumminess. Aside from my normal toppings, I love to also add fresh fruit, chopped up nuts, cacao nibs/chocolate chips, and ground flaxseed. Check it out!
Hey there and welcome! I'm a 20-something-year-old running, painting, and eating my way through NYC. Hope to see you along the way!