Health Coaching in the Press

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  How were your meals?  Do you have any nutritious takes on traditional recipes that you would be willing to share with the rest of us?  I personally ate way too much and am trying to detox this week!

The importance of health coaching has made some headlines recently, with everyone from Women’s Health Magazine to Well + Good NYC sharing its importance.  I wanted to share the Well + Good NYC article, “The Coming of the Health Coach Revolution,” with you, particularly because it stresses the significance of health coaching in today’s healthcare industry.

The below image from Women’s Health also highlights how a health coach can help one lead a more balanced, healthy lifestyle.

Have you ever seen a health coach?  If so, what did you think?  Did you find it helpful?  Please share your thoughts!

Recipe: Guiltless Banana Walnut Bread

I love banana bread, always have and always will.  But, it can literally be like eating dessert for breakfast.  So, over the last few weeks, I have browsed various recipes, experimented with substitutes, and made lots of mistakes in the kitchen, all in the hopes of finding a guiltless version.  The recipe below is just that!  It is a variation of a co-worker’s recipe, substituting healthier ingredients in place of things like eggs and butter.  It is little less sweet than some banana breads, but still perfectly moist and satisfying.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large, very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup sugar & stevia blend (I used Domino light all natural sugar & stevia blend; this replaces 1/2 cup sugar)
  • 1 tbsp milled flaxseed + 3 tbsp water (replaces one egg)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (replaces 1/2 stick melted butter)
  • 2 cups organic unbleached whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup soymilk + 1/2 tsp white vinegar (replaces 1/4 cup buttermilk)
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • extra virgin olive oil non-stick cooking spray

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix soymilk and vinegar together; set aside.
  • Mash bananas in large bowl to your liking.
  • Stir in brown sugar, sugar & stevia blend, flaxseed & water, and applesauce.
  • Carefully blend flour and baking soda in separate bowl, before adding to the mixture.
  • Add soymilk blend and vanilla extract.
  • Finally, add the chopped walnuts, stirring sparingly.
  • Grease pan with extra virgin olive oil cooking spray before emptying mixture into it.
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

What do you think?  Do you have some substitute ideas of your own??  Please share!

Yogi Tea Giveaway Winner + Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe!

Hope y’all are having a nice week!  The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here…the winner of the Yogi tea giveaway is Rachel Adams!!!  Congratulations, Rachel, and I hope this makes your study time in the library a little more bearable!!!  Please email me directly to provide the shipping address for your delicious teas!

For the rest of you, here’s a yummy smoothie recipe.  Just add the ingredients to your blender and blend away:

  • 1 scoop plant-based Vega One all-in-one nutritional shake in berry
  • 1/4 cup organic light vanilla soy milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 big handfuls of ice
  • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

Thanks to the Vega shake mix, you’ll get 15 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and 1.5 grams of Omega-3s, as well as 50% of your daily intake of vitamins and minerals in this smoothie.  How’s that for a healthy boost of energy?!

And, finally, check out my most recent blog post, “Keeping the Job Search Positive and Productive,” for The Zesty Digest for Sweet Lemon Magazine.  If you’ve been stressing about the job search or changing careers, this advice will help you rest easy!