The Brains Behind the Brands Podcast

I have such exciting news to share with you today! This post has been many months in the making, and it’s been so hard for me to resist talking about my new project on the blog or on Instagram. I wanted to wait to share until I was sure my idea was going to work, but now that I’ve recorded the first few episodes, its official: I’m starting a podcast! It’s called the Brains Behind the Brands Podcast, and the first episode will come out next Saturday, June 2nd.

The Brains Behind the Brands Podcast

The biweekly podcast will feature interviews with entrepreneurs in the wellness space, and because I live in San Francisco and love supporting local businesses, the podcast will have a special focus on Northern California brands. So far, all the interviews I’ve recorded have been so much fun and incredibly inspiring. I think you guys will fall in love with these people and their businesses just as much as I did for their originality, passion, and honesty.

A sneak peek of the first few episodes of The Brains Behind the Brands:

Sadie Scheffer of Bread SRSLY

Todd Masonis of Dandelion Chocolate

Sundara Clark of Vixen Kitchen

I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with these amazing entrepreneurs, and I can’t wait to share their stories with you.

For a little more background, I had the idea to start the podcast in March, after about 9 months of blogging. I realized that while I adore the wellness community I’ve found through my blog and instagram, publishing recipes wasn’t as exciting as it had been at first. So I decided to step back and figure out what it is that I love about the blogging world, and I found that the part that’s most exciting to me is the interaction, conversation, and sense of community that I’ve found in this wellness space.

Once I realized that the passion and community around wellness is what I really love and crave, the solution to my problem was obvious. I had to start a podcast! An entire project dedicated to learning about other people’s experiences and sharing those stories with the world.

This is the perfect adventure for me because I am a podcast addict.(All these random-seeming pictures were taken while I was listening to podcasts) In a recent post, I shared my favorite podcasts, and I am so excited to start contributing to such an awesome form of story-telling and community building.

If you have any suggestions for future podcast guests, such as restaurant owners, product creators, fitness studio founders, or anyone else in the Northern California wellness space, definitely let me know. And be sure to check back in next Saturday for the first episode of The Brains Behind the Brands podcast!

 

Banana Baked Donuts

Sunday breakfast is one of my favorite parts of the week. Sitting around the table chatting with my family, catching up on my favorite blogs, enjoying a big cup of coffee, and of course, the food. Pancakes, muffins, and fancy oatmeal bowls (such as these and these) are some of my favorites, but this weekend I really stepped it up with these Banana Baked Donuts.

Banana Baked Donuts

For the past week, the bananas in the fruit bowl had been getting browner and browner as I tried to decide what to do with them. Banana bread? Delicious, but I was out of chocolate chips. And banana bread NEEDS chocolate. Banana muffins? Not glamorous enough. Banana scones? Intriguing, but I doubt my family would be into that.

Finally, after spending way too much time on Pinterest, I settled on banana donuts. They checked all the boxes- original, family-friendly, and, most importantly, absolutely delicious. So I got to work adapting my recipe for Apple Baked Donuts, and Banana Baked Donuts were born! They are light and tender, with satisfyingly crackly tops. The banana flavor comes through without being overpowering, and the subtle sweetness from the maple syrup makes them perfectly suitable for breakfast.

Though the Apple Baked Donuts I adapted this recipe from are vegan, the basic recipe here is not. I felt like making an extra trip to the store kinda defeats the purpose of a relaxing Sunday morning breakfast, ya know? So I just used ingredients I had on hand. However, this recipe can easily be made vegan with a few simple substitutions, which I’ve included in the recipe notes.

What are your Sunday mornings like? Do you have special weekend breakfast recipes? And if you make these Banana Baked donuts, let me know in the comments or share with me on Instagram!

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Baked Banana Donuts
Serves: 6 donuts
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. milk
  • ½ tsp instant yeast
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • 1¼ c. all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup mashed banana (roughly 1 medium banana)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
Instructions
  1. Heat milk in saucepan until it is barely simmering.
  2. Remove from heat, add sugar and yeast. After 5 minutes, check for bubbles on the surface of the yeast. If there are bubbles, the yeast has been activated.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Combine banana, maple syrup, egg, and butter in large mixing bowl.
  5. Stir milk mixture into wet ingredients.
  6. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients, stirring gently and often.
  7. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean cloth, and set in a warm place to rise for an hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease donut pan and fill with dough. If dough is too sticky, add additional flour 1 tbsp at a time.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes. When they are done, donuts will be pale but puffy and firm to the touch.
Notes
To make vegan: substitute egg with flax egg (2 tsp flaxseed meal, 1 tbsp water), milk with non-dairy milk, and butter with coconut oil.
I didn't measure the glaze, but I just mixed some powdered sugar with a drizzle of water and a squeeze of lemon

 

Where are the Body-Positive Workout Videos?

I’m calling for some body-positive workout videos. If I google “body-positive workout videos” the third result is a “fat blasting” workout. And that’s just not cool.

After long days at school or work, when I don’t get home until its already getting dark, I rarely want to go on a run or head to the gym. I’m craving movement, but I want it on my own terms, in the comfort of my own room. So when I discovered the wealth of workout-class style videos available online, I was thrilled.

But I’ve been noticing a big problem with many of the workout videos I come across: the emphasis on weight loss. I don’t want a workout that “torches calories” or “sizzles fat.” I am so appreciative of the fat that graces my body. It helps keep me warm, produces estrogen, and serves countless other necessary functions. I am in no way a nutrition/exercise expert, but even I know that no part of my body needs to be torched or sizzled. In fact, that sounds downright painful.

I think workout videos are a great way to make boutique-style workout classes accessible to a broader audience, but I’m calling for a change in the language used to promote these videos. Anyone who creates or publishes material that teaches anyone how to do anything- whether its knitting, cooking, or pilates- takes a role as an authority figure. And as such, these fitness instructors have the responsibility to present movement and fitness in a positive, healthy, nurturing manner.

body-positive workout videos

Instead of promoting workouts by talking about how many calories they burn (which is ridiculous because it varies so much by person) I want these instructors/bloggers/businesses to tell me how their workout will make me FEEL. Is it an energizing pilates class? A relaxing yoga flow? A powerful cross-fit routine? Because that’s whats really important.

I see the wellness world moving towards emphasizing true health- mental health, feeling good, etc.- over how our bodies look, and that makes me incredibly happy. But workout videos are one area that I see room for improvement. So I’m asking everyone who creates and shares this type of content to re-evaluate the language you use.

Playing into a person’s fears and ingrained beliefs about weight-loss, tummy-flattening, or blasting their “problem areas” isn’t good marketing. It’s lazy and cowardly. We, the consumers, as people trying to take care of our bodies and minds, deserve better than that. We deserve to be reminded how beautiful we are, how worthy we are whether we exercise or not, and what a blessing it is to be in the unique, wonderful bodies that we have.

Right now, my go-to body-positive workout videos are those by Yoga with Adriene. Her entire approach to yoga and movement is just so gentle and positive, my body and soul feel amazing every time I use one of her videos to guide my practice.

Do you ever struggle with the lack of body- positivity in some parts of the fitness world? Do you have a favorite body-positive workout video or class? I’d love to get the conversation going, so let me know what you think in the comments here or on Instagram.

Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal

A few months ago, I posted my recipe for Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal on Instagram, and people went crazy for it. That’s what I love most about the food blogger/instagrammer community. I can share something delicious that most people in my life would consider weird and receive nothing but positivity.

undetectable spinach oatmeal

Of course, I love being able to share about feelings and struggles and real life on Instagram, but it’s also great to have people that get excited about cinnamon and peanut butter and (undetectable) spinach in oatmeal.

This stuff is so good, I absolutely HAD to rave about it. And now, nearly four months later, I have to rave about it again. These oats are sweet and creamy from the cinnamon and the peanut butter. Though I love the flavor of spinach, I’m happy to report that it is entirely absent from this dish. Plus, the texture of the spinach blends in perfectly with the oats. Hence the name: Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal. Classic cozy oats AND some extra veggies.

Originally, I’d thought this recipe was too simple to post on the blog, but recently I’ve realized that simple recipes are all really I want. Obviously, I can’t be sure that everyone else is in the same boat, but I think it’s safe to say that lots of other people want easy, delicious, nourishing food. And this oatmeal delivers just that.

Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: Serves 1
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ⅓ cup frozen spinach
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ tbsp peanut butter
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine almond milk and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add frozen spinach and lower heat to medium-low.
  3. Simmer until spinach is thawed.
  4. Add rolled oats to saucepan and cook over medium-low until oats absorb the liquid. (for me this takes about 5 minutes)
  5. Serve topped with peanut butter and cinnamon.

Recipes like Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal:

Tea-Infused Banana Bread Oatmeal

Latte-Style Oatmeal

Pecan Pie Oatmeal

Best Wellness Podcasts

“Best Wellness Podcasts” may be a big claim, but when I get into something, I get into it big-time. After discovering podcasts a few months ago, I have completely fallen in love. I like how listening to podcasts can make mundane tasks, such as taking the bus or doing laundry, something to look forwards to.
Best wellness podcasts
Because I listen to podcasts so often- while running, on walks, on the way home from school, while doing chores, etc. – I’ve cultivated a list of the best wellness podcasts to choose from depending on my mood. All of these podcasts, and the people who host them, are truly wonderful, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
In this list, I’ve divided my favorite podcasts up by type, and added the one word I would use to describe their vibe. If you also think these are the best wellness podcasts, want more information on any of them, or have another podcast to recommend, leave a comment here or on Instagram!