My Everyday Wellness Tips

Life is busy.  Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a full-time working parent, or somewhere in-between, life can get crazy, and it’s really easy to let yourself slide down your list of priorities.  A lot of women that I talk to, especially moms, struggle with making time for self-care when life gets busy.  Even though it’s our go-to to care for others before we care for ourselves, I can’t be the best mom, the best wife, the best person in general if I’m not taking care of my health!

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In order to make that happen, I have simple and effective habits that I can do every day to set myself up for success mentally and physically.  Not all of these happen every day, but when I’m consistent (not perfect!), I feel such a huge difference in my attitude, my energy, and my progress toward my health goals.

  • Meditation–I used to be a skeptic with meditation, but once I gave it a try, it has helped immensely with my anxiety disorder.  I start my day with 10 minutes of guided meditation through the Headspace app; this lowers my stress first thing and helps me be ready for a positive day.

 

  • Water–I drink water like I’ve been wandering in the desert for 40 years.  It’s almost embarrassing when I go out to eat how many times my water glass gets refilled!  Staying hydrated is vital to your overall wellness since EVERY single system in your body needs water to function properly!  I start every day with a big glass of water to kickstart my system (before coffee!), and I drink about 100 oz throughout the day.  (To figure out the minimum amount of water you need each day, take your weight and divide it in half–that is the number of oz you should drink each day minimum!)

 

  • Exercise–this should be a no-brainer for wellness, ya’ll.  Being active is good for your heart, for your mind, and for your body.  For me, the best way to make sure I’m consistent with this is to choose a program to follow, and to make sure that my fitness is accessible; I use a streaming workout system that I can do at home, and I do it in the early morning to make sure I get it done before anything can interrupt my day.

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  • Shakeology–I drink my super shake every single day for optimum nutrition, and my recipe tastes awesome, gives me energy, and sneaks some greens in, too.  Chocolate shake, 1/2 cup almond milk, a handful of ice, 2 tsp almond butter, a banana, 1 cup spinach, 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes, and 1 tbsp local raw honey.  I get superfoods, healthy fats, and greens all in one meal, and I feel amazing!

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And that’s it!  It’s not groundbreaking, but it makes a huge difference in my health and in my life.  Making these habits a part of your wellness routine will help you, too!

Can’t-Tell-The-Difference Gluten Free Banana Bread

Summer is coming to a close, fall is speedily approaching, and I am READY.  Cooler temperatures, comfy clothes, and all of my favorite yearly traditions, including some good homemade baked goods.

One of my favorite things to bake in the fall is banana bread.  It’s easy to make, it smells awesome, and it tastes amazing.  I had some very ripe bananas that I needed to use up, but I wanted to find a good gluten free banana bread–I have a lot of all-purpose GF flour and I feel better when I don’t eat wheat, so after about 3 minutes of research, I settled on this recipe.  It’s pretty similar to the recipe I normally use, it didn’t have any weird ingredients, and it includes chocolate chips!

I made this with my 3 year old who really enjoyed pouring and stirring the ingredients together, especially the chocolate chips.  He and I ate some of this almost straight out of the oven and we both loved it!  It tastes the same to me as my regular banana bread, and Little Man seemed to agree.  My husband had some the next morning and loved it, too!  I didn’t tell him it was GF, and he didn’t notice any difference at all.  Since he is notoriously picky, this is a huge win for me!  Since I prefer to eat GF, I’ll be using this recipe as my go-to banana bread!

Full disclosure–I am by no means claiming that this is “healthy” banana bread.  It’s just GF, but it still has sugar and chocolate–please don’t eat this thinking that you can eat the whole loaf with no consequences to your waistline.  You’re totally going to want to eat the whole loaf, by the way.  It’s that good.

Can’t-Tell-The-Difference GF Banana Bread (from Primavera Kitchen)

3 very ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

5 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/3 cup all purpose gluten-free flour

1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use Ghiradelli Dark)

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Spray a large loaf pan to prevent sticking and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together banana, yogurt, egg, vanilla, oil, and brown sugar until completely blended and smooth.  In a separate medium bowl, mix the baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and flour until completely blended.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until completely incorporated.  Using a spatula, gently fold in the chocolate chips until mixed through.  Put the batter in the greased loaf pan and bake for 50-60 min, until a knife/toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the bread is completely baked through.

Enjoy!