VEGAN BANANA BREAD

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I searched high and low for the perfect banana bread recipe and then even when I found one and tried it, it would flop without eggs. I’m not actually a vegan but eggs have never settled well with my stomach so when I bake, I tend to look for vegan recipes.

I tried 5 recipes and they all were sub par so I started tweaking ones that I found until I came up with this one and it’s perfect!

Well not as perfect as it would be with gluten and sugar in it but you get the idea. :)

I avoid gluten because I have an allergy. I avoid sugar because it causes inflammation in the body, messes with blood sugar balance and can off set a hormonal imbalance. It also disrupts the gut microbiome and can make you constipated or bloated.

But… who doesn’t love a good treat!!

So anytime I make a recipe up or use one from another blog, I make sure that it’s made without refined sugar and uses banana, honey or maple syrup to sweeten.

I’m excited to finally post this banana bread since I failed at it so many times. Small wins, ammi right?

So here you go! All my FAILS can be your WIN!


INGREDIENTS:

3 ripe organic bananas
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (MALK recommended)
2 tbsp ground flax seed
2 cups all purpose gluten free flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt

** I get all ingredients from Thrive Market - see right side for a discount offer on first order.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 3560 degrees and line loaf pan with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, mash 2 bananas. Stir in olive oil, maple syrup, and almond milk. Mix well , then whisk in the flax and let stand for 2 minutes.

  3. In a smaller bowl, mix together the gluten-free flour, baking soda and sea salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until well combined. If your batter seems a little runny, you can add a little more flour until it thickens.

  4. Pour the batter into a loaf pan. Slice the remaining banana in half lengthwise or into small circles like above photo and place on top.

  5. Bake for 40 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean.

  6. Let cool completely before slicing.

  7. Enjoy!

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Feel free to jazz it up (yes, I said jazz) with some blueberries or walnuts if you like. Whatever floats your boat.

I love to heat it up in a pan with a little ghee on it!

If you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram with #gfwithjrw

Happy healing,

XO Jaclyn Renee



Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding

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Studies show that the average American does not get enough fiber in their diet. We should be consuming about 20-30 grams per day to help aid in digestion. Fiber helps you digest your food efficiently, which helps your body absorb the nutrients from your food. Getting enough fiber can keep you from getting constipated as well. One cup of pumpkin puree provides you with 7.1 grams of dietary fiber. Pumpkin puree contains about 10 percent of your daily requirement for potassium as well. You need adequate amounts of potassium to support healthy digestion.

So I had been looking for random ways to include more pumpkin into my diet. I had become bored of the usual chia seed pudding and was craving something good. A friend of mine sent me a screen shot of a this pumpkin pudding she purchased at Hi-Vibe in Chicago and said, "How can we duplicate this?" I played around with the ingredients in the kitchen for a bit to simplify it and came up with this tasty dish. 

I like to eat pumpkin chia pudding post-workout or even bring it for a sweet treat to a party. 

 

    Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Ingredients: 
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup organic coconut milk simple
1 tbsp. MCT oil
1/2 tbsp. pumpkin spice
1 tbsp. xylitol
2 scoops Marine Collagen (optional for protein)
1/4 walnuts (optional)

Directions:
1. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse for a few minutes
2. Place in fridge for at least 20 minutes for pudding to gel. 
3. Enjoy!

Xo Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease. 

Print recipe

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

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Pumpkin Power Bowl

About a year ago I was having stomach pains and constant bloating, especially right after breakfast. I had already cut out gluten and dairy and at that time and thought I was eating very healthy. I decided I needed to dig deeper. I came across a food sensitivity test from KBMO Diagnostics. After performing the test, I found out that I had a very strong inflammation response to eggs (what an "aha" moment that was). I was constantly eating eggs thinking that I was doing good by my body. Therefore, it is so important to eat what is specifically right for you. One person's food could be another person's poison. 

Shortly after eliminating them from my diet I began to feel better. My digestion was back on track and I had more energy. Finding out what food caused inflammation in my body was a pivotal point in healing my body. I became certified to perform this test for my clients because I knew it would help heal them too.

Since I couldn't eat eggs anymore I started to play around with tons of recipes and foods to figure out what would fuel me in the morning. This breakfast took about 5 attempts to get the consistency right but I think you will love it.  This recipe is grain-free, gluten free, and dairy free yet full of flavor.  It also provides anti-oxidants, fiber, and nutrients to keep me full for hours and consistent energy throughout the day.

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Since I couldn't eat eggs anymore I started to play around with tons of recipes and foods to figure out what would fuel me in the morning. This breakfast took about 5 attempts to get the consistency right but I think you will love it.  This recipe is grain-free, gluten free, and dairy free yet full of flavor.  It also provides anti-oxidants, fiber, and nutrients to keep me full for hours and consistent energy throughout the day.

 

Pumpkin Power Bowl 

Ingredients:

8 oz. boxed pumpkin puree
1 scoop marine collagen
1 tbsp. tahini
1 tbsp. coconut butter or oil
1 tbsp. water
1 tsp honey
¼ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice

Topping options:

Walnuts
Blueberries
Shredded coconut
Raisins
Chia seeds
Sunflower seeds

Instructions:

1. Heat all the ingredients (minus toppings) over medium heat until melted.

2. Place in a glass bowl and let sit in fridge for an hour or overnight.

3. Add toppings of choice.

Enjoy!

Xo Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease. 

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first 3 orders? Use the link below! 


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Turkey Sausage with Goat's Milk Tzatziki

You know how many people go to bed but have a hard time falling asleep because they can't stop thinking about stress or work? This happens to me, but with food and recipes! I guess it's not a terrible thing to think about all night. I'm constantly trying to come up with creative ways to make healthy food taste good and be easy to assemble. 

I've been reading a great book by Dr. Amy Myers lately titled, The Autoimmune Solution. I've lived with autoimmune for my whole life and have been working on healing it for over a decade. Keeping a healthy mind-set, exercising and eating well has helped me to a great place of healing today. If given the opportunity, the body has an incredible ability to heal itself. However, one person's food can be another person's poison.

One diet or way of eating may work for some people but not for others. Some people find that being vegan has helped them lose weight or lower their cholesterol. Some have found that eating meat has helped them, calm inflammation. There are many ways to eat, but the most important is to find the healthy way to eat for you!

For me and my symptoms, I have found that eating mostly Paleo with a small amount of goat's milk dairy and occasional gluten free grains or legumes has done well for my body. It keeps the inflammation down and my symptoms at bay. I stay away from sugar, alcohol, and caffeine as they only tend to ignite the problem and cause me to feel off track.

This recipe came to me in a dream the other week. Since I started incorporating goat's milk kefir, a recommendation from my good friend and colleague Nutritional Therapist Melanie Mack, and have been doing very well on it. Except for one thing. The flavor is boring! So, in this dream, I thought of how much I missed sauces in my life and that I could figure out how to make a tzatziki sauce from the kefir. I've paired the sauce with some turkey sausages and placed over a big bed of greens.

This recipe is easy and delicious and could be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The leftovers are great too!

Ingredients:

1lb organic ground turkey
1 tsp sage
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp coconut oil

Tzatziki:

1 cup goat's milk kefir
1 cucumber (diced and chopped into fine pieces
1 Tbsp. fresh dill
salt and pepper to taste

Additional items:

Dark leafy greens like kale or spinach
1 tsp olive oil
half a lemon

Directions:

1. Place turkey in a bowl and add seasonings. Form into 8 small sausage balls

2. Preheat a cast iron skillet or safe non-stick pan to medium high with coconut oil.

2. Put sausages into heated pan. Cook each side for about 5 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.

4. Place goat's milk into a bowl and add chopped cucumber and spices

5. Place leafy greens at the bottom of a plat or bowl and sprinkle with melon and olive oil.

6. Add sausages and scoop come tzatziki into a side bowl.

7. Serve and enjoy.

XO Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease. 

P.S. I'd love to hear from you! Let me know how you liked this recipe. Did you add anything or try a different spin? Is there something you'd like me to post? Share the love! If you post your healthy creation make sure to tag me in it on Instagram @jaclynreneewellness and #jrwapproved 

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first THREE orders? Use the link below! 

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Buckwheat Breakfast Bowl

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This hearty breakfast packs a big super food punch. Full of energizing complex carbohydrates and anti-oxidants, it will keep you full longer and help speed up your metabolism. The added honey and cinnamon will balance hormones, boost fertility, and keep menstrual symptoms at bay.

Buckwheat Breakfast Bowl      

  Printable Recipe PDF

Ingredients:
1 cup Organic Buckwheat
1 cup non-dairy milk of choice or organic whole milk
1 tsp. raw honey
1 tsp. cinnamon

Garnish choices:
Shredded coconut
Goji berries
Fresh blueberries
Sunflower seeds 

Any other nut of choice (always soak for at least a couple hours in water)

1)      Prepare a larger batch of buckwheat to keep in the fridge for the week per instructions on bag (My favorite brand is Eden organic)

2)      Take ¾ cup cooked buckwheat and place in a small pan along with your milk of choice, honey and cinnamon on high heat

3)      You may have to break up the buckwheat a bit with a spoon as it sticks together from the fridge

4)      Bring to a quick boil then bring it back down to very low heat and let simmer with the lid on for 5 minutes with the occasional stir

5)      Remove from heat and place in a bowl

6)      Garnish with toppings of choice and enjoy 

XO Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease. 

P.S. I'd love to hear from you! Let me know how you liked this recipe. Did you add anything or try a different spin? Is there something you'd like me to post? Share the love! If you post your healthy creation make sure to tag me in it on Instagram @jaclynreneewellness and #jrwapproved 

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first 3 orders? Use the link below! 

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5-DAY FIX: Beat the Bloat

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5 Tips for a Healthy Holiday

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Let's face it. Not even the healthiest of people can withstand some of the most delicious traditional foods that come along with holidays. It's an overload of side after side until you wind up on the couch in the fetal position with tons of discomfort. We've all been there, but this year we can be prepared. Making a few of these small changes will assist you to a healthier holiday and less regret.

1. DO NOT skip breakfast

It's a common mistake to think that not eating breakfast will allow you to "save" your calories up for your indulgences later, but this move will hurt you big. Skipping breakfast will cause your body to go into starvation mode and have you snacking on not-so-healthy options or craving salt and sugar. It is important to maintain stable blood sugar levels throughout the day to lose weight and balance hormones. Stick to your normal schedule of 3 meals a day. Your breakfast should be a healthy mix of protein, fat and carbohydrates to keep you fueled up and away from the snack table.

2. Drink water

Holidays are always so distracting that we forget our simple daily rituals that make up a big part of our healthy lifestyle. When we deprive ourselves of water and become dehydrated the body will send mix signals and mistake thirst for hunger. Try drinking a couple 8-ounce glasses of water before you leave the house to go to your festivities to keep you body on the right track. Opt for hot tea, ginger is the best, to aid in digesting your food.

3. Hold off a bit on the alcohol - or skip it

The liver is the main organ of detoxification. Since the liver will already be stressed from an over consumption of food, you may want to give it a break for the day. If you are going to responsibly indulge in some adult beverages, make sure you do not drink on an empty stomach. Wait until you are sitting down to eat dinner to enjoy the beverage with your meal or after you've had a few appetizers. The body can only oxidize one drink per hour so try to stick with that theme throughout the day. Refill your wine glass with sparkling water in between to continue hydration.

4. Make a perfect plate

Some of you have heard me talk about eating for your macro nutrients in other blogs. Like I mentioned earlier, this is a healthy mix of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. When you make a plate, make sure to grab a little from each category. This will fuel your body properly with the nutrients it needs and help you bounce back the next day from the overindulgence. Wait at least 10-15 minutes before you grab a second plate and ask yourself before you go... Am I still actually hungry? For more information on Macro-nutrients, visit my blog here.

5. Wait an hour to have dessert

Immediately eating sugar right after a good meal confuses your digestive system and pushes the good nutrients directly into fat. Let your food digest for a good hour before you have some sweets. Or you can simply use your sweets as your "second dinner" later if you are hitting multiple family locations.  Excess amounts of sugar will put a lot of stress on your brain and endocrine system. We can reduce the amount of damage this does by simply checking in with our bodies after the meal and not eating the dessert until were hungry again. 

If you are looking for a good breakfast to fuel yourself with, you can try 3 of my favorite options:

Overnight Oats   Buckwheat Breakfast   Pumpkin Smoothie

An important word about the next day...

So, these tips flew out the window as soon as you walked into Aunt Ida's? You blew it right? So, you might as well keep eating bad, right?

Wrong!

It's what we do in the next 24 hours that can make or break you getting out of this hole and back on track. The morning after, try this green smoothie recipe. It has ginger and cilantro which will aid in reducing inflammation of the body and eliminate toxins from the liver and colon. Stick with high protein, high fat diet the next day so the body has time to process the carbohydrate and sugar overload. 

Happy Healthy Holidays!!

Xo Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease. 


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Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first 3 orders? Use the link below! 

 

 

 

Overnight oats

Talk about the fastest, easiest, and fool proof breakfast that was ever invented! Unfortunately, I cannot take the credit on this one.  With one quick shake, overnight oats are finished. Seriously, it will take you longer to buy the ingredients! This recipe is very versatile too. If you don't like something that I put in then you can certainly take it out and add your own spin on it. Just remember to use a glass container to store and if you heat it up in the morning, use the stove not the microwave. PLEASE!

If you are a super busy person, like most of us, I recommend ordering your ingredients from THRIVE MARKET. It is an amazing health foods forum at discounted prices. I save tons of money a year by buying my pantry items from here and many trips to the grocery store. Plus, when you purchase your membership, Thrive will donate one to a family in need. I love a win-win situation! Everything from this recipe can be found on there, except the fresh fruit. 

Overnight Oats         Printable Recipe PDF

Ingredients:
1 Cup oats
3 tbsp. chia seeds
½ cup fresh berries
½ cup chopped nuts of choice (walnuts are my fav)
1 tsp raw honey (may need to be melted a touch before mixing)
Nondairy milk of choice (carrageenan free) or organic whole milk

More ingredient options:
Goji berries
Shredded coconut
Hemp seeds
Cacao powder (yes please!)
Nut butter

Instructions:
1)   Prepare this the night before you want to eat the oats.                                                                                                        
2) Combine oats, chia seeds, and honey in a small glass Tupperware or a mason jar and add milk cover over the top of the oat mix.  Shake it like a salt shaker baby!          
3)  In the morning, mix again and add fresh toppings of choice          

Enjoy!

XO Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease. 

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first 3 orders? Use the link below! 

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Pumpkin Smoothie

Breakfast can be such a complicated meal, however it is the most important. Leaving the house without breakfast is like expecting your car to keep driving after there is no more gas. Eventually, you will just sputter out and barely make your way to the side of the road before passing out. Or you will try and revive yourself with terrible sugar treats and more coffee. We have to feed our brains people!! Having a nice mixture of healthy fats, proteins and carbs is a great way to make sure you get the nutrition you need to make it to lunch. This is called eating for your macros.

This delicious and nutritious fall smoothie will keep you full and fueled to make serious important decisions and bring up your productivity level stat. Try the second option to mix it up and please feel free to leave comments!

Pumpkin Smoothie         Printable Recipe PDF

¼ can of organic pumpkin
2 tbsp. almond or cashew butter
1 cup non-dairy milk (carrageenan-free) coconut, almond, or flax milk
1 scoop hemp seeds
1 tsp. raw honey (sweeten to taste)
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
½ tsp ginger

Optional: Omit 1 cup milk and add 1 cup Chai tea (brewed) *Serve warm... trust me, it's like a cozy hug! 

XO Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease. 

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first 3 orders? Use the link below! 

granolaberries.jpg

5-DAY FIX: Beat the Bloat

A 5-day guide to reducing bloat and healing gut inflammation significantly.