Healthied Up Banana Bread Recipe

I remember back in my freshman year of college, banana bread would be my go-to meal. It instantly boosted my energy levels. But I would also get hungry pretty shortly after.

But who would have thought then that sugar:

1. instantly boosted my energy levels and that those won’t last long; and

2. processed sugars will make me hungrier once I do get hungry.

But I loved it anyways

Luckily, what I’ve experienced was a “freshman minus 20,” instead of the “notorious freshman 15.”

But, now I know much more about health and nutrition (or at least give much more thought to it) and I understand what it does to my body, mental health, and overall performance. Presently, I equally indulge in foods (if not more), however, I’m making smarter choices when it comes to what goes to my mouth.

Reminiscing about the good old college days, I came up with a “healthied-up” banana bread recipe. I might only make it a couple of times a year, but it lasts for a couple of days’ worth of breakfasts and/or snacks.

I use:

3-4 overly ripe bananas
2 cups of whole wheat flour
1/2 a cup of rice, almond or oat milk (I find oat milk adding sweetness)
1/3 of a cup of coconut sugar
1 cup of nuts (I like to mix it up by using almonds, hazelnuts and sometimes walnuts, depending what is in season)
1 spoon of vinegar yeast
A pinch of sea salt
You could use vanilla extract for flavoring, if you like, I prefer not to
And a LOT of cinnamon, I like to go crazy with it. I recommend using Ceylon and it has a plethora of beneficial effects because it is loaded with antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, and improves sensitivity to hormone insulin which regulates blood sugar levels to only name some,

Mix together the wet and separately the dry ingredients before mixing them all together. Preheat the oven and grease the pan with coconut oil. Bake for about 20 minutes. Wait for it to cool and then serve.

Use additional agave syrup to top it with while served – it makes it moist and obviously sweet. You could also go with some vegetable whipped cream. Served with a hot cup of tea is a true treat.

Whether banana bread was your thing in college, I hope you make good use of your overly ripe bananas. I know that when eating them fresh I prefer them being a little more fluorescent yellow, so they quickly go too ripe for my taste. But my heart aches when I would need to throw any fresh fruit (or vegetable) away, so I rather come up with ways to use them no matter what shape or form they are in. I know this recipe might not be groundbreaking, but I would love to hear from you. What are your favorite ways to use fruits that are about to go bad and your go-to fruit infused recipes?

Yoga + Karaoke: Sing Your Worries Away!

Spice your practice up with one of Yoga’s latest recreational variations, Karaoke Yoga! If your practice seems too strict and needs some livening up, this is the solution to your boredom. Whether you are a singing pro or just love singing in the bathroom, this fun Yoga experience will surely bring you joy and relaxation at the same time.

The joy-based Yoga practice was launched by Jennifer Pastiloff, an Equinox Yoga instructor based in Los Angeles. This new wave is getting more popular and taking over L.A., capturing media’s attention and gaining more followers.


Let Your Throat Chakra Take Over!

Karaoke Yoga will not be a wonderful experience if you are a strict, traditionalist kind of Yogi. The motive of this practice is to experience joy in a silly way without feeling silly while strengthening the body.

“If you’re looking for a strict, alignment-based yoga class, don’t come because this isn’t one of them.”, Pastiloff said in an interview with Relaxnews. The studio has a big screen where the lyrics will be shown so every student is able to sing his/her heart out along with everyone. This is also a very good social experience, sharing the fun with others and getting to know new people. “People are starved for connection in the world, and this class can offer that” Pastiloff added.

Singing solos are not included in the class. So if you’re pumping to practice your audition piece, this isn’t the class for you. Group singing (though maybe out of tune) is nothing but pure fun and a very effective way of busting stress out of the system.


What to Expect?

Singing while performing Yoga postures is definitely an intense workout! Doing the Downward Facing Dog while jamming to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” is a cardio you never expected. With the help of DJ Gina Mooring, they designed an hour of playlist that everyone loves, including music from Elton John, Adele and Michael Jackson. The famous hit from Beatles, “Let It Be”, is also included, where most students end up being emotional.

Having No Care Isn’t Careless

In this practice, people experience joy by being their authentic self: inspired and fearless. They do not care if they look silly. Karaoke Yoga is about feeding your soul by laughing, dancing, singing and balancing as you sweat. It is about letting go of worries, fears and doubts. It is not about perfect alignment or singing really good. It is about finding your inner authentic self and being connected to everyone around you.

To fully accept our messy human self is a task that most of us find hard to do. With all the perfection that the society and media influencing our belief of beauty, finding a way (such as Karaoke Yoga) to fully express and accept ourselves as we are while progressing to betterment is a gift. Remember that the practice of Yoga is intended to help you evolve as a soul having a physical experience. This means finding joy within, acceptance of your truth, connection and working towards unraveling your higher Self. So if you want to recreate your practice and spice it up with more fun, give Karaoke Yoga a go!

From Yoga Class to the Office

It would make our lives easier if we always had the time for a long shower, blow-drying our hair, and slipping into a fabulous outfit after yoga class, but the truth is that we rarely do. This means we have to find creative ways to dress both chic and comfortably – namely by going straight from yoga class to the office (or happy hour, brunch, running errands, etc.) still in our yoga clothes. Plus, who wouldn’t love to wear their favorite womens workout clothes all day long if given the option?

Luckily we’ve come up with a few simple tricks for freshening up your yoga look before heading straight to the office. Black outfits are classic, comfortable, and versatile, and paired with a few key items you’d be surprised at how easy it is to give them a little professional factor. The key is to invest in pieces that mix fashion and function.

Athleisure companies have started creating activewear designs that don’t look out of place in a boardroom, which means it’s time to learn how to wear those all day long and creating outfits for the weekday that allow for spontaneity actually go from yoga class to work or a social engagement if want to.

Here are a few tips and tricks for turning your yoga look into business casual fashion without changing out of your yoga :

Stick to Neutrals

Play it safe by sticking to neutrals when it comes to yoga clothes and dressing them up with other colorful accessories. Opt for sweat-wicking tees and tank tops over black leggings. Everything goes well together so choose any color you want for blazers, flats, and handbags. Sticking to the workout basics will make your outfit easier and faster to pull together.

Accessorize Appropriately


Make sure your accessories appropriately dress up your outfit depending on where you’re heading after yoga class. A statement necklace and blazer are perfect accessories for the office while a cozy cardigan and bright sunglasses probably fare better for brunch with your girlfriends. You can always change up your handbag, shoes, or coat to dress your every day up or down.

Keep Up with Seasonal Trends


No matter what season it is, you can find great seasonal trends and accessories to dress up your yoga look. Throw on a pair of chic booties in fall and winter, delicate ballet flats in the spring, and cute sandals for summer. Pair a statement necklace or statement scarf with your outfit depending on the temperature. And don’t forget what a difference a chic blazer or coat can make in pulling together your final look. Do you wonder which yoga exercises might be great for office work? Let Adriene help you!

Dress for the Occasion


If you’re going from yoga class to brunch then it’s appropriate to throw your leather jacket on over your activewear for a chic cool-girl look. However, if you’re heading back to the office for an afternoon meeting, it’s probably best to throw on a blouse, blazer, and pair of heels to match your whole look. Check out this cool video by Tim in which he explains good yoga exercises for office workers!