Two mornings each week, I visit the Parkwood Senior Home where I am a fitness supervisor. Sometimes I teach programs, like Gentle Stretch and Flex (a blend of yoga and gentle weights, all seated!). Other times, I work with individuals on walking independently or strengthening their arm muscles. Usually, residents have physiotherapists that give them “routines” of stretches to work on, and I assist with those.
Today, Jean, Lisa, and I went on a nice walk in the sun, making a loop around the pond and looking at some geese. Then, I came back to the Crafts Room to do some cleaning and was lucky to find Elaine working on her newest puzzle! This puzzle has 1000 pieces and is about 40% complete by puzzle expert Elaine! Check out these crazy-looking pieces. I stared at the table for about 45 minutes and managed to put two pieces together. Meanwhile, Elaine had completed part of the border and almost a whole person. Skills.
Hair nets, disposable gloves, and lab coats were donned by my friend Amanda and myself as we experimented with these quinoa-oat coconut snack bites with chopped apple. We thought they were awesome, but might need a few tweaks before they are served to the elderly residents in Long Term Care.
If you haven’t checked them out yet, I’ve made some new pages on the blog that I update every day or so. These galleries are photo journals that are so fun (and a little cringe-y) to look at. Looking at photos of my own practice from a couple months ago is almost embarrassing, but rewarding, because I know that improvements have been made – and there is still a long way to go. 🙂
So check these out by clicking on the blue links!
ACRO YOGA: partner and group yoga with some friends from school. Did you know that acro yoga in Mandarin is literally translated as “thrilling/dangerous yoga”? Since one friend hasn’t been here for a week or so, we haven’t been practicing recently.
AERIAL SILKS: I practice twice a week at the local studio, and I love being there. It is really empowering, and my instructor Sara inspires me SO much.
YOGA PHOTO JOURNAL: this is essentially where I can share pictures of my own practice and see where I’m headed! Recently I’ve been doing lots of headstands, and unfortunately 65% of the headstands end with a fall on my back – so I’m going to take it easy for a bit with the headstands. 😛
Sneak peek from some of the most recent practices!
Now, onto the food! The best part, as always. (Mission Nutrition and I actually made that)
Thick and Hearty Paleo Banana Pancakes
Serves 1: makes 2 pancakes
- 1 small overripe banana, or half large
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 3 tbsp. almond flour
- 1 tbsp. coconut flour
- coconut oil for frying
- desired toppings
- Mash banana. Add egg, cinnamon, baking powder, vanilla, and salt. Whisk well.
- Add almond flour and coconut flour, whisking until combined.
- Heat coconut oil over medium-low heat and fry two pancakes. When golden brown, flip and cook the other side. If the pancakes get too brown, lower the heat.
- Serve immediately with toppings, and enjoy!
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bake
- 1 very ripe banana, medium
- 2 eggs, large
- ⅓ cup peanut butter, creamy
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1.5 cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup oat flour (or any kind of flour)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- First, preheat oven to 375ºF and spray a medium-size baking dish or cake pan with coconut oil cooking spray. I used a 1.5 qt. baking dish, but a 9×9 inch cake pan will also work!
- In a large bowl, mash 1 very ripe banana until liquidy. Then, add in eggs, peanut butter, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and almond milk and mix until smooth.
- Add rolled oats, flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until everything is thoroughly combined.
- Transfer batter into baking dish and slice a few bananas on top.
- Bake at 375º for about 30-40 minutes (it will depend on the size and depth of your baking dish) or until firm.
Creamy overnight oatmeal topped with crumbled muffin and banana – recipe below.
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 banana or 1/3 cup fresh fruit
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Pinch kosher salt
- Pinch cinnamon
Stir everything together in a bowl. Place in fridge overnight. In the morning top with something crunchy and something with healthy fats – like nut butter or nuts.
Above is the butter chicken that I made one day and ate for about four days in a row. With rice and broccoli.
Falafels are a new favourite! I loved it with this grain mix, avocado, and sautéed vegetables.
This was so delicious! It was the first buckwheat bake that I made, and I did another one just recently.
Banana Buckwheat Bake
- 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
- 2 tbsp oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 egg, whisked
- 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 2.5 tbsp warm water, set out for 5 minutes)
- 1 mashed banana, mashed to a silky paste
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350*
- Combine dry ingredients. Shake together.
- Combine wet ingredients. Mix.
- Add wet to dry. Mix.
- Pour into 2 greased (with oil, butter, etc) oven-safe ramekins
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Top with amazing toppings!
More creamy oatmeal with banana, granola, and hemp hearts.
Avocado toast, fried egg, fresh sautéed vegetables.
Fresh-from-the-freezer lasagna and garlicky green beans.
More eggs, more veggies, more avocado toast. I feel like this is such a filling and balanced meal! What do you think?
The BEST thing I’ve ever made out of coconut flour. I absolutely LOVE this recipe!
Paleo Coconut Cake
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp. coconut flour
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Whisk together all ingredients except coconut flour until very well combined.
- Add coconut flour and stir until no lumps remain.
- Grease baking dish with coconut oil.
- Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 35 minutes, or until golden-brown and knife inserted into centre comes out clean.
- Remove cakes from the oven and let cool.
- Slice, frost if desired, and enjoy!
More buckwheat bake, this time with my newest obsession: creamy Greek yogurt with sunflower butter stirred in. Just like frosting!
This was a mousse-like chocolate cake with frozen raspberries thrown in. This paleo cake was made with 3 eggs and coconut flour.
The housemates and I thought the taste was good, but it was a little bitter and had a strange wet, spongy texture. 😦 No recipe for y’all today.
Happy Thursday, everyone!