Banana Bread: Grain, Dairy, Gluten & Sugar Free for a Healthy, Happy Life

So, I have been trying out healthier banana bread recipes for a while now, but I haven’t found one I really love and tastes good without a lot of extra sweetener until I made this one.

This one is based off of this recipe by Jessica Sepel and I have just made a few changes.

Most banana bread is filled with loads of sugar, bleached flour, toxic oil and mucus forming ingredients. However, this one is made up of everything beneficial to your body and will allow you to thrive throughout your day rather than ending up on a blood sugar roller coaster or a sleepy slump. It’s full of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber and healthy fat.

This bread is healthy, moist, and perfect addition to your cup of tea or addition to your morning smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 3 very ripe bananas (Lots of spots! Which, by the way, is how you should eat them anyway since they will be alkaline once digested unlike those that aren’t ripe which will be acidic.)
  • 2 cups almond meal (Lots of protein- *bonus)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup LSA
  • 1/4 cup psyllium husk ( a health food that will provide you with a filling fiber hit)
  • 3 organic or free range eggs
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1-2 packets stevia
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. natural vanilla
  • 1 tsp. aluminum free baking soda
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts– optional

-> I chose to make this more of a breakfast bread so it’s not overly sweet. If you want it sweeter/ more of a “dessert” you can add 3 Medjool dates (soaked for 30 minutes, blended in a food processor and mixed into the batter).

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 160 C or 320 F
  • Mush up the bananas with a food processor or use your hands like I did (just make sure you wash them first!)
  • Add milk, eggs, coconut oil, stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and baking soda to the same bowl and mix well
  • Add almond meal, LSA, psyllium husk and walnuts (if you’re using them)
  • Lightly oil your bread pan with coconut oil and then sprinkle almond meal liberally (this way the dough won’t stick and you’ll be able to remove your bread more easily)
  • This is optional, but I sliced a banana in thirds, vertically and then placed on top for added flavor and ambiance. You can also add some crushed/chopped walnuts and sprinkle cinnamon.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden and your butter knife comes out clean when you stick it in the middle
  • If the top is getting brown too fast cover the top with aluminum foil
  • Once done allow to cool, sprinkle with cinnamon (if you haven’t already done so) and cut into slices.
  • You can store in the fridge for up to 1 week if covered and you can also wrap and freeze if you want to.

All the awesome tips for baking this bread came from the original recipe! Handy huh?

Enjoy plain or topped with peanut butter, almond butter, coconut yogurt or melted healthy chocolate (melted coconut oil, cacao, stevia)!

xoxo, Danielle

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Homemade, Healthy Frozen Yogurt- no special equipment needed

This is one of my favorite recipes to make! All of the sweet flavoring comes from a WHOLE food and the main ingredient: banana. Flavor it any way you want, but I love:

  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla
  • Nutmeg and peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Peanut butter and 1 Tbsp. cashew butter.
  • You can also add raw cacao powder for a chcolate version.

The best part is you can just use whatever you have on hand; a little cinnamon, a little vanilla- it will always be delicious.

Chop up 2-4 bananas and freeze overnight. I like to keep a big bag of frozen bananas in the freezer so I don’t have to worry about prepping.

Place desired amount of bananas in food processor and blend- adding either water or unsweetened almond/other nut milk throughout since the bananas usually need a little loosening up.

You may have to stop and push the banana down around the edges a few times.

Add flavoring and once smooth- enjoy!

That’s it! It’s so delicious, nutritious and easy to make. xoxo

The How-To and Why of Green Smoothies + 5 Recipes to Get You Started

by, Danielle Stein

I am a huge green smoothie advocate. They have seriously changed my life.  I have one green smoothie (or one green juice -but today we’re all about smoothies) almost every single day.

They make me feel amazing, hydrated and energized.

It is important to line your stomach with something alkaline before you eat any meal and especially first thing in the morning. It helps with digestion which is the key to a healthy weight.

I truly can not put enough emphasis on how amazing they are for you and how great they make you feel.

I know green smoothies can be intimidating at first, but let me try and make it a tad easier for you with some tips, advice, recipes & by explaining the glorious benefits you will receive inside and out.

Benefits will include all of the following:

  • Glowing skin
  • Clear skin
  • Enhanced energy
  • Reduced stress
  • Hydration
  • More servings of veggies in 1 smoothie (if you do it right) than many people get in an entire day! Greens are the #1 food missing in most people’s diets today. After drinking them for a few weeks, you’re likely to crave them and other forms of greens too.
  • Alkalinity in your blood system and body
  • Nutrients, minerals and vitamins practically shooting straight into your bloodstream (almost as fast as fresh juice).  The more we chew food the easier it is to digest and obtain the nutritional value. The problem is, many of us don’t take the time to chew as long as we should.  I am guilty on numerous occasions! In this case, the blender does it for you!
  • Fiber. Green smoothies (vs. green juice) are a complete food- they still obtain fiber which is important for our elimination process.

Ingredient advice:

  • Banana masks the flavor of almost any veggie concoction
  • Ratio should be 3/4 veggies, 1/4 fruit
  • Adding lemon juice adds fantastic fresh flavor and is detoxifying
  • Use either filtered water, coconut water or coconut/almond/cashew, etc. milk for a base
  • Cilantro and parsley pull toxins out of the body
  • Coconut oil, coconut meat, avocado and almond/cashew/brazil nut butters are great for energy as they are great sources of healthy fats and will keep you fuller for longer. They also make for a great milkshake a.k.a. a creamier, dreamier smoothie!

For best results:

  • Blend your leafy greens (kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, etc.) with the liquid of your choice first so you have a juice-like consistency then add the harder bits after that.
  • The more you blend your veggies…
  1. the more chlorophyll you’re releasing. “Consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion.” –Dr. Ann Wigmore
  2. the more of the greens and fruits’ cells will be ruptured– releasing their valuable vitamins and nutrients and making it easily absorbed in the body.
  3. the smoother your smoothie will be- which will make it easier to digest and more delicious.
  • Add ice for a refreshing, icy cold experience right away. (Or place in freezer for 15-20 minutes.)
  • You can keep your smoothies in the fridge for up to 3 days if you are short for time, but drinking them fresh is the most nutritious.

Recipes:

* The Green Goddess

  • Fill the blender to the top with romaine lettuce and spinach (half and half)
  • 3 celery stalks
  • Parsley to taste (a handful is good)
  • ½ an apple
  • ½ ripe banana (bananas that are green-ish and without any spots will be acidic instead of the intended alkaline pH when digested.)
  • ½ cup of filtered water.

* Creamiest Green Smoothie

  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3 handfuls spinach
  • 3 stalks celery
  • ½ small (Lebanese) cucumber
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • ½ avocado

*Nutty Chocolate Green Smoothie

  • 1Tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (Preferably homemade. See my recipe here.  )
  • 2 Tbsp. cacao powder (can be found at health food stores)
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach

*Creamy Chocolate Green Milkshake

  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk- find recipe here.
  • 1 banana
  • 4 handfuls spinach
  • 1 packet organic stevia
  • 2 Tbsp. Cacao powder
  • ½ avocado

*Superfood Green Smoothie

  • 1 tsp. spirulina (70% complete protein. More than steak which only contains 25% once cooked! Especially perfect for vegans; can be found at health food stores.)
  • 2 Tbsp. desiccated, unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. organic, virgin coconut oil
  • 1 packet organic stevia
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 stalks kale leaves
  • 2 stalks celery

*The Refresher

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber
  • 3/4 apple
  • 3 big handfuls of spinach

For more pics of  delicious green smoothies and milkshakes find me on Instagram @_daniellestein_.

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10 Ways to Know if You’ve Found The “One” & Why it’s Good for Your Health

by, Danielle Stein

Previously posted on MindBodyGreen.com 

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The “One”. It can be such a daunting word. Being with the right person can not only determine true, authentic, unconditional happiness; but your health as well. True health is about more than nutrition. We have to look at all aspects of our lives (in fact, this is exactly what my coaching entails with my clients). Being in a toxic relationship may keep you from true happiness, experiencing unconditional love and can hold you back from living the life you’re meant to be living. I am not a psychologist, but I’m a holistic health coach who has studied how each area of life plays a huge role in your wellbeing (and perhaps even your weight and how clear your skin is). I also happen to be madly in love with my fiancé. I have found my soul mate, best friend and the most perfect person on this earth for me. We are incredibly lucky. I hope each and every one of you takes a minute to evaluate your current romantic relationship and doesn’t accept anything but greatness.

Here are 10 (out of so many) simple things to look out for to see if you’ve found them.

  1. Your partner is your best friend. You’re 110% yourself , you feel free and enjoy the little things in life together. 
  2. Your partner is  the one you want next to you in your deepest, darkest moment or moments.
  3. You are capable of being away from each other, but neither of you like it one bit.
  4. Your partner is your #1 choice for the person you want with you when you splurge on your favorite treat, watch an embarrassing television show or forget about your manners at the dinner table because you’re too exhausted that day.
  5. The two of you compromise with each other and you don’t always get your way.
  6. You care about their needs more than your own.
  7. You both know that throughout life you might change and grow, but you will always change and grow together. Life is about enjoying the stages with each other. 
  8. When something happens; terrible, exciting or completely insignificant- they’re always the first person you want to tell.
  9. They are the person who balances you out, and you balance them out. Where one is weaker, the other is stronger.
  10. You know that no matter what they will always stand by you and be on your side.

Bonus: You both take a moment, each and every day to think about just how lucky you are to have found your most perfect person on this earth.

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”  – Thomas Merton

Here’s to true love!

Do you have anything you would add to this list?

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TEDxTalks: An 11-Year-Old Explains the Dangers of Our Food System Perfectly

This video is truly an inspiration. So much so that the word “inspiration” simply does not do it justice.

Back in 2010, at only 11 years of age, Burke Baehr is a brilliant public speaker who voices the facts and his concerns about the modern-day food system with such grace and perfect relate-ability.

In brief; he talks about “the dark side” of the industrialized food industry here in America.

Take 5 minutes out of your day to listen to Burke break down the hard facts in such an easy-to-understand way.

Read here to learn more about the amazing Burke Baehr!

xoxo, Danielle

For more health and wellness guidance, I invite you to contact me so we can schedule your free consultation to discuss your health goals. 

Cole’s Healthy, Hearty Breakfast

by, Danielle Stein

This is my lovely fiancé, Cole! He is being featured on my blog today not only because I love him 😉 , but for his infamous Healthy, Hearty Breakfast.

Picture taken in Bali, Indonesia.

Cole is a fantastic cook. His favorite breakfast is a fresh juice and then this Healthy, Hearty Breaky.

Cole’s Healthy, Hearty Breakfast.

My typical favorite breakfast is a fresh juice followed by a fresh green smoothie or the green smoothie on its own. HOWEVER, when I have a craving for something special, hearty and healthy I love making this. It’s extremely satiating, filled with protein, the right kind of fats, healthy grains and tons of flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs (we will be poaching them)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/3 white onion, chopped
  • Nutritional yeast, to taste
  • Celtic/Himalayan sea salt, to taste
  • Cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. organic, virgin coconut oil
  • 1-2 pieces Spelt or gluten-free bread (preferably organic, homemade and/or from a local bakery)

Method:

  • Fill a skillet/frying pan with water and let it start to boil on low-medium heat
  • Crack eggs into a bowl or cup before tipping them into the skillet, turn off the heat and let them set
  • Once they start to turn white (from clear) begin moving them around a bit to make sure they set correctly (probably about 3-4 minutes)
  • Once cooked, remove eggs from the pan with a slotted spoon
  • Cook your tomato and onion on either the same (if you’ve given it a quick wash) or separate skillet/frying pan in organic, virgin coconut oil (the only oil that does not lose its nutritional properties when cooked)
  • While the tomato and onion are cooking, toast your bread
  • Slice up your avocado
  • Sprinkle your meal with himalayan/celtic sea salt, cracked pepper + nutritional yeast to taste and enjoy!

What is your favorite healthy breakfast?

For personal health and wellness guidance I invite you to contact me and schedule your complimentary consultation so we can discuss your health goals. 

Introducing: Felicia from A Simply Raw Life + Vanilla Milkshake Recipe

Today, I am sharing an exclusive interview with Felicia from A Simply Raw Life! This woman is so inspiring and her recipes are so delicious and creative. I first stumbled upon A Simply Raw Life when I discovered her Banana Cream Vanilla Smoothie. It is one of the most delicious, simple and healthy smoothies you will ever make. Not to mention, it tastes positively sinful. Once I tried this smoothie I knew I just had to connect with the person who was genius enough to create it. Read below to get a better idea of who Felicia is, what makes her tick and what A Simply Raw Life is all about-you won’t want to miss it. The Banana Cream Vanilla Smoothie is included as well.

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Felicia and I am designer whose real passion is cooking.  My life is surrounded by wonderful friends and family, many who have the same passions, loves and desires as I do. One of them being to feed our families with healthy foods and treats. Over the past year this passion has evolved into really trying to make over our meals, creating our old favorites into healthier natural versions. Thus,  A Simply Raw Life was born. This blog is about sharing healthy recipes, fun things revolving around food and the kitchen and maybe some other fabulous things we come across living in Los Angeles. But mostly, this blog was created help people like me and many of my friends, to transition into incorporating a more plant based diet into their lives, to eat more raw foods in their natural state and see the benefits from doing so.  I hope you come and join this journey with us.

When did you start your journey to a healthier lifestyle?

I started 7 years ago thinking a vegetarian lifestyle was the healthiest change I could make.  I didn’t know anything about raw food and I didn’t think I could be a vegan and give up cheese.  Only 10 months ago did I learn about raw foods and made the changes and adjustments to be raw most of the time and vegan the rest. I haven’t looked back.

What led you there?

What led me there was were two things, one of them being the realization that as I grew older my body did not digest proteins well at all.  The change to vegetarian was to cut out all animal meat protein thinking it would help and solve the problem.  I realized that even with that, my body was not functioning correctly. Very painful at times.  I did my usual yearly cleanse last June and finally made the transition to raw foods.  The other was the cancer diagnosis a close friend received last year.  She had a very aggressive form of cancer and she needed to act fast and fight it.  She consulted a nutritionist and immediately when raw.  The doctors were amazed the results of her blood work only after a week.  She was able to help suppress her cancer with the raw diet and ended up only needing radiation and not chemotherapy.  I joined the raw food journey to support her and it changed my life.  She is an inspiration.

What are some of the daily rituals you practice (besides making all of your amazing recipes!)?

I try to have one fresh green juice or green smoothie every day.  I drink lots of water.  I pack our families lunches every day and when we get home from work we have family time and try to get outdoors as much as we can. This year we are working on a fruit and vegetable garden.  I hope we can do it.  The best times are spent with my husband and son.

A lot of people have a hard time staying healthy when they aren’t in the comfort of their own home. How do you keep your balance when traveling or eating out?

I try to find eateries that offer heathly foods I can eat.  Part of it is doing research before you go out.  Check out the options in the area and checking out the menus. If I am traveling for work, I try to also find a juice bar in the area and drink at least one or two fresh juices.  Also, I try to remind myself of how good I feel when I do eat healthy and how I usually regret it afterwards.  However, I do allow for splurges every now and then.  It’s only natural.  But I try to make sure it doesn’t become a prolonged splurge. 🙂

What did your life used to look like before your journey began (in a nut shell) and what’s the difference now?

I’ve always been a foodie, I love food, but before I didn’t meal plan as carefully, and I really let my guard down in regards to food and was carefree about what I put into my body.  I can say I paid the price for doing that.  I was tired a lot and bloated.  I enjoyed my family as always, but now I feel good about being able to give my family even healthier options.  Now, I have way more energy, I’ve lost weight without really trying, my skin is clear, I have mental clarity and no more bloating… I could keep going…

What is your number one tip for clean eating and healthy living?

Meal plan and prepare.  Make over your pantry and refrigerator. If you have the ingredients on hand you are more likely to eat clean because the ingredients are there at your fingertips.  Give your body a chance to reap the benefits of clean eating… your body will end up craving it once it use to it.

Recipe:

BANANA CREAM VANILLA SMOOTHIE

1 cup almond or coconut milk

1 to 1-1/2 banana, frozen chunks

2 dates

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Yes, that’s it!   Blend all the ingredients together in a high speed blender. Note: I like my smoothies to be thick and creamy, especially this one. Start off with 1 frozen banana and then if it looks too thin, slowly add more frozen banana, piece by piece, until you get the desired thickness. Top your smoothie with chia seeds and raw cacao powder, or whatever your heart desires! Yum!

Enjoy!

For more amazing recipes and inspiration A Simply Raw Life can be found here:

xoxo, Danielle

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