Author: Reese

New and Improved Gluten-free Vegan Banana Nut Bread

This is a new take on my banana nut bread, it’s much simpler and a great hit with the whole family. I love using coconut palm sugar because it’s low glycemic and very yummy. Ingredients: 1 1/3 cups of organic brown rice flour 3/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp baking powder 5 tbsp Earth Balance Butter 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar 2 “eggs” – if you’re a vegetarian use eggs, for vegan combine in a high speed blender 2 tbsp flax seeds with 6 tbs water, this is a great substitute for eggs 🙂 4 ripe bananas 1 cup of walnuts *I try to use all organic ingredients and with this recipe they’re usually pretty easy to find. Preheat oven to 350℉ In a mixing bowl combine: butter, sugar, eggs, and bananas. In a separate bowl combine: flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Combine the two mixtures together and when fully incorporated, add walnuts. Pour the mixture into a bread pan and bake for about 50-60 min. Enjoy!

Gluten-free Maple Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are a family favorite and are a great little treat for when you need it most 😉 They’re gluten-free and you have the option to make them vegan if you like. As always, I encourage you to play around with the recipe and make it your own, get the kids involved with the process and, more importantly … Have Fun! Ingredients: 1 generous cup of brown rice flour 1/2 tsp of baking soda 1/2 cup of Earth Balance baking butter, soft but not melted (I love EB because it’s vegan and great for baking, but feel free to use regular if you like) 1/2 cup of maple sugar 1 egg (for vegan use egg replacement, or combine 1 tbs of flax seeds with 3 tbs of water in a high speed blender) 1/4 tsp salt 1 vanilla bean 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips 1 cup of gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill best, it’s organic and super yummy) Pre-heat oven to 350℉ In a mixing bowl combine the flour, baking …

Let go of “body image” and start having fun!

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to take an aerial yoga class. After much deliberation on whether I should or shouldn’t take it, I eventually convinced myself that I was too heavy, felt embarrassed, and ultimately decided not to do it. Well, the opportunity came around again and I though what the hell, just sign up and have fun! I went, and no, I wasn’t too heavy, had the time of my life, and it was an overall amazing experience. This got me thinking …. What else have I been missing out on because of my warped body image issues? I used to surf, a lot. I would drop my son off at school, surf all morning and then pick him up. For some reason or another the amount of time I spent out on the water became less, and less, and then it stopped completely. When I realized how much I missed it, I knew I had to get back out in the water, but by that time, I had gained a lot of weight. …

Thank You Haute Yogi!

My previous experiences with Bikram yoga, many years ago, were not pleasant. I would always feel nauseous like I was going to pass out and die – I even had to excuse myself once so I could go and be sick in the bathroom. I gave it a few tries and then decided it just wasn’t my sort of thing, convincing myself that I’m a Vinyasa flow type of gal, nothing more to it. But a few months ago, there was a challenge at a local studio and I decided to give it a try. It’s been quite a ride and I’m now hooked, but not for the reasons you’d expect. I’m very much in my head at all times and a strong, fast, flow allows me to forget all distractions – I’ve always considered it my moving meditation. However, in hot yoga, the poses are held longer, there’s the unnatural heat one must deal with, and no music … what’s going to motivate me?! Towards the end of my first slow, methodical, focused, unbearably …

The When, Where, and Why of a Yoga Selfie

A few weeks ago I was at a reggae festival with my son. We were backstage, and I thought how cool it would be to do a headstand on the grass with the stage in the background: “What yogis do when backstage.” I asked my son if he could take a picture of me, which he thought was pretty cool, and then I started looking around for the perfect place. All of a sudden, I was taking way too long to figure this out and I heard a “come on mom, this is perfect!” At that moment it hit me: why am I having a picture taken here? What’s the point? Is there any educational value in it? Any growth? The answer was NO. Yes, it would have been a cool picture to post on Instagram, and everyone who knows me, knows I place a very high priority on having fun, but this just wasn’t me, it’s not who I am. In the Bhagavad Gita, we are told to question the motivation behind actions. Are …

Delicious Quinoa Pancakes: Gluten-free and Vegan ;)

This a great take on traditional pancakes; they’re gluten-free, vegan, and super healthy. My daughter and husband like them with cacao nibs, my son likes them plain, and I add chia seeds, blueberries, and bananas to mine 😉 Have fun and make then your own! In a large bowl combine: 1 1/2 cups of quinoa or brown rice flower 3 Tablespoons of coconut palm sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons of gluten free baking powder 1/2 teaspoon of salt In a separate bowl combine: 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk (or almond) 3 tablespoons of Earth Balance butter 2 “eggs” (in a mini food processor blend 2 tablespoons of flaxseed with 6 tablespoons of water) 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract Mix/whisk wet ingredients into dry, and voila! *I usually make one large batch and then take about a 1/2 cup of batter out, put it into a small bowl and mix it with individual ingredients. For my pancakes I usually add about a handful of blueberries, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, and 1/2 large banana – adding …

Yummy Banana Bread that’s Gluten-Free AND Vegan!

I’ve been a vegetarian for some time, but I now find myself – for personal, and health reasons – moving towards a more plant based, gluten-free diet. I love to bake, so I’ve been modifying recipes that adhere to my new way of eating, but I also want my family to LOVE eating them. Today I made my traditional banana bread completely vegan and gluten-free … it was delicious! I hope you enjoy it as much as we have and remember, ingredients can always be modified 😉 Have fun! Ingredients: 6-8 ripe bananas (mashed, and best if extra ripe) 6 tablespoons of coconut palm sugar 2 “eggs” – in a blender or food processor combine 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds with 6 tablespoons of water 1 cup of coconut milk or any nut milk 1/2 cup of coconut oil 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 4 cups of quinoa flour 1 teaspoons of gluten-free baking powder 1 teaspoons of gluten-free baking soda 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 cup of macadamia nuts * if …

Going with the flow

Looking back at these pictures I was reminded that this trip almost failed from the beginning. Last month I went on a yoga retreat with my mom to celebrate two very important milestones. It was in a beautiful location, with an amazing teacher, and the possibilities were endless; however, the trip didn’t start out so smoothly. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I like things a certain way (most of the time). I had planned out everything for this trip perfectly, but what I hadn’t accounted for was human error. In order for us to reach our final destination we had to take a little puddle jumper (twin engine) that flew from San José, Costa Rica to Puerto Jiménez on the Osa Peninsula. Well, I read the time wrong and we ended up missing the flight. Due to the size of the plane and the amount of travelers, the only flight we could get on was the following day at 5am. Everything is a bit matter-of-fact now, but when I was at the counter …

Lessons Learned …

As the L.A. Marathon approaches I was reflecting on my experience last year. I ran and finished the marathon at 190lbs (I have never shared this number before!)- the only other time I’d ever been close to this weight was when I was about to give birth to my daughter, and I quickly lost all my baby weight soon after. However, when my daughter was around 3, I started gaining weight: it was a combination of lifestyle changes, lack of exercise, and stress. Soon I was too embarrassed to go to my usual yoga class, too embarrassed to run, and so my exercising slowly came to a halt which, of course, led to more weight gain. For so long I equated my physical appearance with self-esteem, how people liked me, how social I was, and when I no longer looked like my idea of my perfect self, I began to fall into a deep spiral of self hate. I would wake up in the morning and hate the person staring back at me, I felt ugly, unattractive, …