Puzzled (Literally.)

Hey everyone!

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)

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Thick and Hearty Paleo Banana Pancakes

Serves 1: makes 2 pancakes

Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Mash banana. Add egg, cinnamon, baking powder, vanilla, and salt. Whisk well.
  2. Add almond flour and coconut flour, whisking until combined.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve immediately with toppings, and enjoy!
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bake
Serves 1
Ingredients
Wet
  • 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
Dry
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup oat flour (or any kind of flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
 Instructions
  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. Add rolled oats, flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until everything is thoroughly combined.
  4. Transfer batter into baking dish and slice a few bananas on top.
  5. Bake at 375º for about 30-40 minutes (it will depend on the size and depth of your baking dish) or until firm.
 The photo below is a peanut butter bake topped with strawberries.

Creamy overnight oatmeal topped with crumbled muffin and banana – recipe below.

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Overnight Oatmeal

  • 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.

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This was so delicious! It was the first buckwheat bake that I made, and I did another one just recently.

Banana Buckwheat Bake

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Combine dry ingredients. Shake together.
  3. Combine wet ingredients. Mix.
  4. Add wet to dry. Mix.
  5. Pour into 2 greased (with oil, butter, etc) oven-safe ramekins
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. De-pan.
  8. Top with amazing toppings!

More creamy oatmeal with banana, granola, and hemp hearts.

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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

Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Whisk together all ingredients except coconut flour until very well combined.
  3. Add coconut flour and stir until no lumps remain.
  4. Grease baking dish with coconut oil.
  5. Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 35 minutes, or until golden-brown and knife inserted into centre comes out clean.
  6. Remove cakes from the oven and let cool.
  7. Slice, frost if desired, and enjoy!

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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.

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Interesting…

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Happy Thursday, everyone!

 

24 thoughts on “Puzzled (Literally.)

  1. That banana bread and coconut cake look so good! Never thought to use buckwheat flour 🙂 I always see it in the supermarket but kind of get confused with what to do with it so I never tried ^^;. Omg silks!! I wish I was athletic enough to do that ^^; it looks like so much fun! I probably would end up in a Cat’s Cradle and be like “look guys I made giant macrame and now I’m stuck help!” lol!! You pull it off like a pro though!

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  2. I love your yoga photo journals. I think its so important to keep a documentation of our progress in anything, especially if its something you love and makes you feel empowered. You have such a talent! Look at those poses!
    And I’m basically saving every recipe here. I need those pancakes and that coconut flour cake.

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    1. Thanks so much! I thought it would be a good idea just to make special pages for these hobbies rather than posting updates here and there on regular posts. 🙂 Your comment made me really happy!
      Who doesn’t need pancakes? Happy weekend, Cora!

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  3. I absolutely love these photos! Your yoga progress just seems to be getting so much better every single post! And I would love to try out the oatmeal and buckwheat bakes too–they look fantastic!

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much. That really makes me smile! 🙂
      Wait.. wait. You’ve never tried a buckwheat bake?! I feel like you, of all people, would adore them. I vegan-ized the recipe and added a whole mashed banana instead of half this morning. It was phenomenal! I like baking them with other things in the evening and then microwaving them on busy mornings.

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  4. Volunteering is a wonderful thing to do. The residents must enjoy your cheerful, update visits. As usual great plating especially the banana/oatmeal bowl.

    I’m not happy with my butter chicken recipe(s) so far. I don’t make it often but it’s never been good enough to post. Maybe one day.

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    1. I look forward to seeing your butter chicken recipe once it’s all developed! Thanks for the compliment about the plating – means a lot coming from such a skilled cook/baker like yourself. Did you volunteer when you were younger? Or do you volunteer now?

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      1. I DID volunteer briefly for an adult literacy program the city ran through the library system. My student dropped out and I didn’t continue.

        Have you ever posted YOUR butter chicken recipe? I’d like to take a look.

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      2. That sounds exciting nonetheless! You are a really thoughtful person.
        I would – except I didn’t make it from scratch. I used a spice mix, so all I had to add was water + plain yogurt. Totally cheated!

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      3. I cheat too. 🙂

        I use a jarred tandoori paste and yogurt to marinate chicken drumsticks and thighs. Then I bbq the meat. I cut the meat off the thighs and use it in my butter chicken. Sometimes, I bone out the thighs before I bbq them.

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      4. I have a big collection of Indian spices … whole and ground in jars of various sizes. Most are in my cupboard cause the spice rack I have is much too small for them all. But I still buy packaged masalas (dried spice mixtures) as well.

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  5. Wow, almond flour and coconut flour can make pancakes! I didn’t know that! Interesting! I am glad you are enjoying volunteer at the senior home! The seniors are cute and delicate! And your yoga are more advanced! Way to go !

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