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Quinoa Ceareal with Caramelized Banana Recipe

Happy Monday everyone! Are you all ready for the week? Good, neither am I! πŸ˜‰


To start my day, I re-created, with a few twists and turns, a recipe from Running to the Kitchen!

It’s called Quinoa “Cereal with Caramelized Banana’s

I pinned this on my ‘Get to Cookin’ pinboard yesterday, and couldn’t wait to try it! I am making something else from her site for lunch today. Talk about trying someone else’s recipes! She just has so many great ones!


Okay, first of all, you need to make your Quinoa

Get out 1/2 cup Quinoa, and 1 cup of water


Boil the water in a small saucepan

Once boiling, add in your Quinoa, reduce to low heat, and cover.

Let that cook for 15 minutes


While that’s cookin’ get out a mixing bowl to start on your toppings


In the mixing bowl (this is one place I changed the recipe, according to what I had available in my kitchen)

  • 1 chopped banana
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (use nutmeg if you have it)
  • 2 tbsp. chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp. agave


Mix all of the ingredients together


In a medium sauce pan, heat 1 tbsp. of coconut oil (she used butter)


Over medium heat, put your topping mixture in, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes until your banana’s are caramelized to your liking


Get your almond butter & almond milk out and ready to go! (She uses coconut milk)

Once your timer for the Quinoa has gone off (after 15 minutes), let it sit with no heat, uncovered, for 5 minutes, fluffing with a fork

Once it’s been rested and fluffed, scoop your serving into your favorite bowl (very important!!), add the desired amount of almond/coconut milk (or another favorite that you have), and heat in the microwave for 30-45 seconds (depending on your serving/taste buds)


Now it’s time for the toppings (the very best part!!)

Slide a good amount (if not all) of the banana mixture right on top. Trust me, you’re going to want some of this Banana Mixture with each bite!!

If you like almond butter, put a good size spoonful right on top. Taste some with each bite!


Quinoa is a vegetable protein (great source of protein!!) that looks like a grain, and makes great porridge/cereal. It’s great for people who have gluten-sensitivities, or are on No Grain Diets

If you don’t have Quinoa, and you’re craving this RIGHT NOW, then I suggest using Oatmeal! Or whatever other breakfast porridge you have. I am convinced this topping would go great on ANYTHING. Yogurt, Oatmeal, Toast, or Quinoa (clearly!!).

Are you going to try this? Enjoy!!! ❤



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DAY 38: Happy to have my Oatmeal back! :)

Ooh baby! I am so happy to have my Oatmeal back!

I am definitely feeling better after I ate my grains, too! See, we really should listen to our bodies, shouldn’t we?

Now, do I feel 100% better? No. I think I am actually a little bit sick, but I feel that my body is trying to fight it off, and I needed to add some more substantial food to help it along. So yes, I feel much better, but not 100%. I am confident that I’ll be better in a few days πŸ™‚

My Oatmeal:

-One pack of Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal from Quaker Instant Oatmeal (trying to finish these off so they’re not wasted. Then I’ll be eating “real” Old Fashioned Oats again)

-1/2 a nana

-1/16 cup of Maple Agave Syrup

-1 tbsp. Organic Shredded Coconut

-Just a few walnuts all chopped up

-A few million dashes of happiness

You should have seen the smile on my face at the first bite! It just gets better throughout the day, too!

The next thing I had, not too long after, was Ezekiel Bread w/ PB and nana

The peanut butter I use is Organic from Trader Joes. No silly fillers included.

And yes, I used the other half of my nana on this open-facer. This was just delish!

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DAY 38: Why am I bringing back GRAINS?

So, this post will be the last post of the No Grains, No Sugar, No Cheese Challenge for me.

Is it early? Yes.

Is it necessary for me to end? Yes.

I have been feeling so sick this last week. I continue to get this burning sensation from the middle of my “tummy” directly above my diaphragm, up into my throat. It feels as if I have the flu and am going to get sick. The weird thing is that it makes me feel instantly hungry again after I eat.

Along with this feeling of burning hunger, I have also felt irritable, dizzy, fatigued, and weak.

Because of all of this, I went to see my Naturopath last week, and he gave me supplements that he thought might help. I also tried to eat a little bit more.

The hematic formula is: “A 100% natural food complex of folate, vitamin B-12, vitamin C, and iron. The iron is 100% organic from food and not metal like other iron supplements so it will not constipate the bowel or become toxic.”

The Cataplex B is: “Source of Vitamin B complex factors. Supports Heart function, muscle tone, Nervous system function. Assists with low energy, and emotional stability.”

While these seemed to help with the fatigue, irritability, and weakness, they did not help with the burning/nauseating feeling within my tummy.

My guess is that I am in need of grains. I’m not only slightly sure of this, but I am in fact almost positive. I know what my body is telling me, and it’s screaming for grains. Here’s how I know:

Last time I did this diet, I recorded everything I ate. At the end of the diet, here is what I wrote in my notepad: “It’s been 7 weeks now. I am feeling so sick this week. I am going to end this list today. It has been so helpful. This is definitely for me, I have absolutely loved this way of eating and haven’t had any trouble. It has changed my relationship with food completely.”

Now, from reading this you can see why I would do the diet again. I was thrilled with the results of my mindset. I remember that last week, like it was yesterday. I had developed the flu, was tired, hot/cold, shaking, vomiting, etc. I was incredibly sick. The day that I ate grains, was also the last day of my flu. I knew that day that I had to have them, and I was convinced that was the only thing that was going to make me feel better. That day I ate this 1/2 burrito (funny I still have the picture, I know! Haha)

Let me just tell you, my body LOVED this burrito! I felt so much better that day, and I started eating grains & cheese again. Some sugar, but not much (I never really started eating a lot of sugar again).

I have the same feeling today, and am going to have grains at my next meal and see how I feel. I am still going to continue to stay off of sugar and cheese, but I will be adding back in HEALTHY grains.

My Mom is at the store as I write this, buying Ezekiel bread. I will be adding in brown-rice, Oatmeal, and sprouted grains/or 100% whole grains. I will not be adding in white-flours, white-rices, white-pastas, etc. I want to stay healthy, and I am very happy to still not add cheese or sugar to things. I don’t miss sugar even a little. I get my sugar from fruit. Rich desserts and things like Ice Cream don’t even look appealing anymore. Cheese still looks appealing when I see it melting onto a sandwich, or in bleu-cheese dressing, but that’s about it. I can handle leaving it out of my diet for the most part.

Today is DAY 38. The six week marker would be on DAY 42, and my Mom is going to continue until then, if not longer. She is still feeling great, which I am so happy about! She has lost quite a bit of weight, and has really learned to quit the carb/sweet-snacking.

If someone were to ask me if I would do this again, my answer would be yes; although for me, 4 weeks is good. After about a month of going without grains my body gets sick and I just simply feel like I need more. My body starts to feel “starved” no matter how much I eat.

I will post again tonight with my dinner, and you all know how I am feeling! If anyone else stuck to this diet the whole time, let me know how you feel, and how you’re transitioning back into eating more grains (or cheese/sugar). Hopefully you’re doing it slowly!

If you guys have ANY questions about my experience, please ask here, or email me at I will be happy to answer! πŸ™‚

Stay tuned for my thoughts on my dinner with GRAINS tonight!

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DAY 38: Some yummy eats!

I have had some good eats today! It’s time to share them with all of you!

This morning my sweet Mama made me breakfast as I was studying

We rarely have scrambled eggs, so this was a nice little change

Our favorite are over-medium

There is a little trick in this picture. ItΒ looks likeΒ I had two pieces of turkey sausage, but I really only had one. I actually did it to trick my own eyes. I took one piece and cut it right down the middle to make it feel like I was having two, without actually eating two pieces. Nice, right?

For lunch I decided to have some fruit and yogurt

My fruit of choice today was apples & figs

The figs actually didn’t have much flavor, so added some honey. This made them super yummy and I was still able to enjoy that great texture that they have

This was such a good lunch. I love dipping apples, figs into non-fat greek yogurt with honey. The combination never fails. It’s good with any fruit!

What is your favorite fruit to put with yogurt?

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DAY 38: Going cabbage crazy!

Yes, you read it right! I’m going cabbage crazy. But not in a bad way, like you may be thinking.

Last night my dad shredded some more cabbage on his fancy birthday present from a little while back. He loves this thing, and for that reason, so do we (my mom & I)!

For dinner last night, I felt like eating some soup. Since he had just grated up some cabbage, I decided to let some cook into my soup, too. Personally, I like cabbage, but really, you can’t taste it that much when it’s cooked down. It’s like hiding health into your food for free!

There are so many health benefits to cabbage. Whole Foods calls it one of the healthiest foods. You can read about itΒ here.

So, here was my soup last night. It was delicious! I hope it looks somewhat appetizing, because the taste was so good!

I had to use a fork to eat my stringy cabbage. It kind of gave it a noodle soup effect. Which I liked since I haven’t had grains in a long time.

Today, I used my cabbage a bit differently. I took pinto beans that my dad had made, and I put them on top of a thin layer of cabbage with avocado and salsa. I liked adding salsa because it gave it more of a “wet-ness” that I enjoyed.

My favorite way to have cabbage is to saute it in some olive oil or sesame oil! Mm! Or, put chili on top (which many of my friends tried and told me they loved too- try it!)

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DAY 37: A healthy salad worth sharing!

Mmm mmm good! This lunch today was soo good! It’s a “must-share!”

My salad had: organic baby spring mix…

Romano Basil Vinaigrette dressing (it’s very lite)…

Raisins & Sunflower seeds…

And 1/2 a diced asian pear + 2 oz of sliced turkey!

It was soo good! This is encouragement for you all to go make a salad filled with an abundant amount of yummy, healthy toppings to enjoy! Sometimes we forget how good a home-made salad can be- I know I haven’t had one in a while (oops!)

This was one for the taste-buds πŸ™‚

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DAY 37: A breakfast to kick off your Friday right!

Good morning everyone! Here’s a little something to start your Friday off on a good start! A simple, little breakfast, that will have you feeling great all day!

To start, I took one (three pictured for your convenience) papaya spear and cut it in half once vertically, and 100 times horizontally πŸ˜‰

Next, I took about 1/2 an ounce of Pepita-Cranberry Trail Mix, that I picked up from the farmers market yesterday, and set it aside

Here’s what the servings look like. They’re very itsy-bitsy, and oh-so-cute! The bowl is only a couple inches big

To start my little yogurt bowl, I grabbed my favorite, Trader Joes non-fat, plain, Greek Yogurt and put 1/2 a cup into a ramekin

Then, I put the trail mix on top, following with my itsy-bitsy papaya chunks

There you have it! This was a small, filling breakfast, that keeps you feeling light and ready to go! Keep in mind that I don’t usually eat big meals- I eat very often throughout the day. That’s just how my body works!

If you’re a breakfast, lunch, and dinner kinda person, I would probably double the serving size, as this is only 1/2 a serving.

Also, know that you can make any adjustments to this as you feel led! You can use any yogurt, any dried fruit, and any nut/trail-mix you choose! In fact, if you come up with something different, send it my way at and I’ll post it on my blog! That would be fun, right? πŸ™‚

Anyways friends, have a fabulous day, and I will see you back here later!

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