Clean Eating Banana Bread

Hello Fall ... kind of ... not really.  It is still 102 here in Arizona but it's September and my Pinterest is full of fun fall outfits and decor and the aroma of banana bread is filling my house.  So I am going to live in this moment and pretend it isn't blaring hot outside.  

We all know as soon as Sept. 1 hits it's pumpkin spice everything and the colors in the stores turn different shades of orange and brown.  Listen I am a summer girl through and through but with my kids in year round school and my husbands not so traditional schedule this is the time of year my gypsy soul takes over and I am itching to get out of the desert.  

I am just blabbering now so I will get to my point.  My son's bff LOVES banana bread, my son USED to love all things banana, it was the only food he would eat for the longest time, however in the past three years I can count on one hand how many banana's I have seen him touch.  Alas, he found a friend that loves banana bread and he tried some at his house because we all know kids are much  more compliant when at others homes.  So at his request (HALLELUJAH) we are making banana bread.  I am however gambling ... I am not making traditional banana bread because lets be real, I don't have all the ingredients, the baby is napping, and I am avoiding the grocery store for at least two more days!  So that being said I am whipping up a "clean eating" version of banana bread.  I am sorta winging it ... so bare with me.  If you know me you know I live for taking recipes and making them clean just to see if it can be done!! 

Here is the recipe I used. 

Clean Eating Banana Bread

3 Ripe Bananas
1 tspn vanilla
1 tspn baking soda
3 eggs
1.5 c oats
1/4 c honey/maple syrup

Bake at 350 for 45 min

*OPTIONAL ITEMS
1 tspn cinnamon
choc chips
walnuts

It came out a little more brown than I prefer but the inside is nice and moist!!  I will garnish more for look next time but the kids gave the thumbs up!!  

It came out a little more brown than I prefer but the inside is nice and moist!!  I will garnish more for look next time but the kids gave the thumbs up!!  

We have tried other recipes that I am sure to most at probably good but I despise greek yogurt, I have tried a hundred times to like it and it just isn't happening.  If you do however there are many great recipes to make moist and cleaner versions using that and or apple sauce and whole wheat flour etc. 

We are not a "gluten free" family however we have found we just function and feel better when we limit gluten and choose whole grains or whole wheat.  

Shakeology For Migraines

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Wow, I can honestly say I have wanted to write this post for so long but I wasn't really sure how to go about it.  You see I suffered for YEARS with migraines, they started out pretty few and far between but quickly escalated to monthly and then weekly and sometimes daily.  Not just a head ache that you slowly move through your day with.  They were debilitating.  No light.  No sound. No movement. Someday's it hurt to breath and in sets the panic and next thing you know your in the emergency room ... AGAIN.  Getting more prescriptions, pain pills, and tips when you know none of them work but you are so desperate at that point.  Then you get two shots in your butt and in a short time later you sense that you can move your body enough to get back to the car and go home and go straight the bed.  Oh wait, you have a newborn and a 1 yr old so life can't just stop dead in its tracks multiple days in a week.  

It was a never ending vicious cycle that I personally lived.  The days you felt normal were spent playing catch up.  Work, kids, house, etc.  If you have ever dealt with a migraine, even just one, you will understand the emotion behind this post.  

Everyday my kids would see me take medicine to start my day.  Every day was different.  Could be preventative, could be because I felt on coming on, or it could be a crap its here and I have to do what I can to get through today because I have to take care of the kids.  Everyday, that is the first thing they saw their Mom doing.  JUST TO FUNCTION.  I honestly could write a book about this but at the age of 24, I said no more, you can read more of that story HERE.  For now I want to share with you information that I stumbled across in the craziest of ways but have been obsessed with learning more ever since. 

How staggering is this?  Every year it is estimated that employers lose 13 BILLION in lost work days due to migraines. Not a big shocker if you take into consideration that 36 million people in America suffer from migraines.  According to the Migraine Research Foundation, there are three times as many women than men who suffer from these headaches and other associated symptoms.  

However, there may be hope for you as there was for me.  My natruopath recommended Shakeology to me, although there are no clinical trials that indicate Shakeology will or won't reduce your migraine symptoms there are plenty of customer testimonials who will attest to how their daily shake has helped them.  Some no longer need any meds (ME) and others who haven't experienced a migraine since drinking Shakeology.  Others have seen them greatly reduced.   

 I suffered from migraines for years. Went through numerous exams, tests and different doctors. I was on Imitrex, Maxalt, you name it. Also to mention I was on ADHD (Strattera) and anxiety medicationsShakeology also played a good part in it. I slowly weaned off the medications and have been medication free since January 2010 and use natural remedies if I do have bad migraine spells which don't happen as often as before. It has been pretty rare that I get migraines/headaches.-

I have been on Shakeology for two months, I drink it every day. I have had to carry around a prescription for my migraines for the past few years because I was having them almost weekly. I have not had a migraine in almost two months - I don't think this is a coincidence. - VitaminDee

I have suffered from migraines for 15+ years. I would get approx. 2-3 migraines every month. This was mainly due to blood sugar levels being out of whack. I often skip breakfast and I know that that definitely had something to do with it. I started drinking Shakeology in August and I drink it in the morning (breakfast). Since then, I've had one minor migraine. - Lisa Blinn

“I’ve been taking Excedrin daily for years due to headaches and migraines. Since I started drinking Shakeology® daily five weeks ago, I rarely have ANY headaches. Geez…the money I’ve saved on medicine, alone, is worth it! Not to mention, I hardly have any cravings,” commented Josephine.

My Husband and I both suffer from migraines...and he has had NONE since starting Shakeology 2 months ago and I've only had one! 
I have taken Imitrex, Maxalt, Fiorinal... haven't had to take any of them in 2 months!

Shakeology has the power of nutrition to fuel and power your body with essential vitamins and minerals needed to properly function.  Doctors and medical professionals chalk migraines up to be just neurological disorders, you may experience a decrease in symptoms by drinking Shakeology.  They say it can't be cured but it may help limit the frequency or eliminate them all together.  With a 30 day money back guarantee, what do you have to lose?
**Results may vary.  Please consult your physician before beginning and supplements or meal replacement products.  Particularly if you have any unique or special needs or conditions, such as food allergies, dietary restrictions, or if you are pregnant or nursing.  The content on this site is for informational purposes only, and not intended to provide any medical advice, diagnosis, or treatments.  
 

Beachbody Health Bet

I am SO excited for September and all things FALL!!  Oh and The Ultimate Health Bet with Beachbody!  You should be excited too...want to know why?  Because, I am betting on YOU!!

I am really excited to start my newest challenge group called, "Back to School Bootcamp" Sept 5th. I am going to be sharing with all of you how you can get paid to get active, without becoming a coach!

I am really excited about the Beachbody Health Bet that will be starting Sept 5th as well.  What is the Health Bet?  Well it is a way to give you some incentive to do your workouts and focus on your nutrition and be rewarded for getting results.  Beachbody is giving away over $1 million (caps at 3 mill) and you can be automatically eligible to split a piece of the prize!  Basically all you have to do is be enrolled as a customer in MY challenge group through the Challenge Tracker App {which is on your phone}.  You must meet the weekly tracking requirements starting on September 5th and ending the week of October 2nd. SUPER SIMPLE!

JOIN:  Talk to me about becoming my customer so that you can get included in the group!  You must have a coach and be enrolled in their challenge group to be eligible.  If you do not have a coach make me your coach by completing this.

Download the My Challenge Tracker App here .

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS:  Use the app to log at least 5 Shakeology drinks WITH photos and three Beachbody workouts during all FOUR qualification weeks.

QUALIFY:  Log your Shakeology and workouts by 11:59 PM on the last day of each contest week:

Week 1:  September 5-September 11
Week 2:  September 12-September 18
Week 3:  September 19-September 25
Week 4:  September 26-October 2

CASH IN:  Meet all the requirements and you'll automatically win an equal share of the cash pot.  As an extra incentive, Beachbody will add $5 to the initial $1 million prize for every challenge pack sold on Team Beachbody between July 27th and August 31st, 2016 up to $3 million total.

So DON'T wait, I am adding all my participants this week so we are all set and ready for the big day, SEPT 5TH!!

Whitney

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P.S. You can learn more about me and read my story Here .  WANT TO JOIN ME for The Health Bet ... you can do so here!

Guilt Free NO BAKE Chocolate PB Oat bars

My GO TO NON guilty pleasure for my sweet tooth! CLEAN EATING approved!!

::FULL RECIPE BELOW::

Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Candy Bars
WAIT!!!! These are HEALTHY ----->SHARE to save!

Ingredients:
1 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil (no substitutes, this is what gives its creamy texture and flavor)
2 cups oats (not instant)
1 1/4 cups mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup dried cranberries

Directions:
In a medium sized saucepan, melt together peanut butter, honey and coconut oil.
Remove from heat and add oats, chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Stir until combined and chocolate chips are melted.
Spread into a 9x13 pan. Refrigerate until hardened, about an hour. 

Store in refrigerator...TO DIE FOR!

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