Happy Monday…and happy new week. :)
I have something to start out with today that I kind of confused about & I’m hoping maybe you guys have some answers! ;) When I went to one of my weekly chiropractor appointments (I try to go 2-3 times a week, as per her recommendation), she told me that it’s actually WORSE to run on a treadmill rather than running outside.
Needless to say, I was a bit shocked. I had always heard that the opposite was true- that you SHOULD run on a treadmill because it has more cushioning for you joints. I told her that my previous chiropractor had recommended that I run on the treadmill rather than outside, because he said it was one of the main causes of my lower back pain. She told me that a few years ago this was true, but she has been doing a lot of research on it & has been to a bunch of continuing education classes about treadmills and how they are WORSE for your joints.
I explained to her that I actually prefer to run outside, but the whole having Crohn’s disease thing has put a daper on being able to run outside (& running in general). Although I’m hoping to get back outside really soon! :D
I don’t know why I always give the elliptical a bad wrap, I know it can be a good workout, but I guess I’m just so used to the treadmill & running. Maybe I should start to use it more because of all of my back issues, I just need to find some good workouts. I just don’t think I could ever give up running. I feel like it’s such a part of me & my life.
Have you ever heard that it’s better to run outside rather than on a treadmill??
There is SO much you can do with this camera, it just takes time to learn everything. I was walking around the house just finding random things to take pictures of. One of my main focal points was of course, Craig. ;)
Oh, and he wasn’t posing AT ALL ;) Haha! I thought this picture was hilarious- what a ham!
He told me he was ‘making a face’ for this picture. Ha!
This is the ‘alright H’ enough pictures of me.
I cannot STAND bananas like this- YUCK! I mean I don’t hate them, I just won’t eat them when they get even ONE little brown spot on them. Eek! And since I couldn’t eat bananas this past week (just the thought of them made me sick) I decided to make banana bread. When life gives yous you brown bananas, you make banana bread…of course! :D
This wasn’t just normal banana bread though, it was CHIA banana bread. I decided to add some chia seeds to the batter, since they are a superfood…
It says it on the container, so it MUST be true. ;) They are huge in omega 3′s, antioxidants, fiber, calcium, and fiber! They are also easy to add to different meals, smoothies, and just to sprinkle them on toast.
Chia Banana Bread
(adapted from this recipe)
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds, soaked in 1/4 water and set aside for 5-10 minutes
- 1/2 cup white/all purpose flour
- 1.5 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup egg substitute (or 1 whole egg)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 mashed bananas
- 1 Tbsp melted butter
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- Mix the chia + water and let sit while you get the rest of the ingredients ready or until they’ve started to gel.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg substitute, brown sugar, bananas, butter, vanilla & chia seeds (once they are gelled) on low speed.
- Once all ingredients are combined, stir in the flours, baking powder, salt & cinnamon.
- Pour in greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40- 50 minutes.
It’s even better with a little pat of butter.
Delicious…and healthy- hard to beat!
I think I may have found a new favorite banana bread recipe. The chia seeds add the perfect texture to the bread, and don’t worry the bread is not gummy and it does not have a ‘gel’ like texture either. :)
Well, I’m off to get ready for a new week! Just kicked my own butt in the gym, and now I’m ready to tackle the day! Hope you are off to a good start as well, I have a feeling that this is going to be a good week!!
Questions before you go:
1. Have you heard that running on a treadmill is worse than running outside?
2. Do you have any nuts/ grains/ seeds that you like to add to baked goods for extra texture or for nutritional value?
3. What’s one thing you are excited about this week??