Nic's Healthy Banana Cake recipe
You can easily make your own gluten free flours, by blending your nuts or seeds or both in the blender as a dry mix to make the flour. Don't over blend. Allow it to stay loose.
When making a plant based healthy recipe it is all about texture and taste. I always have ripe banana's stored in my freezer for when I want to make the family and friends a banana cake.
This is one of my favourite recipes.
Have fun .
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 egg whites
3 ripe mashed bananas
1/2 cup dates - soften with boiling water in a 1/2 cup water or use honey
2 cups of Gluten free flours- I use LSA, or a cup of almonds made into almond flour. (try blending the dry nuts into a flour use 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1 cup raw almonds, or and sun flower seeds or Oats
1 tspn baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 cup mixed seeds -this could be chia, pumpkin, sunflower, or linseeds
1/4 cup of almond milk or pure orange juice - made from your blender or juicer - or squeeze and orange
Mix until a batter like texture, add more almond milk if you have to. The consistency should be similar to a cake mixture.
Pour into your banana loaf or cake tin. Remember to grease it with coconut oil first or use baking paper
Bake for around 25 mins -40 mins on 150 degree watch it, test with the fork to see if the inside is baked through .
Sit out to cool.
Serve with greek or coconut yoghurt and berries YUM!
Yoga may be the fountain of youth, I was blessed to begin my own path in my 20’s but it’s definitely not just for youth.
Some yogis come to yoga when they’re young, fit, and healthy just like me. I was competing in body building competitions and needed it for mind body soul.
But as our bodies change with injury and the ageing of time, yoga can serve us even more and help us maintain health and vitality into our golden years. I know within my own practice I need it more and more as I age.
Our practice should change + evolve with our body’s needs + lifestyle.
If you started practicing in your 20s, you were probably drawn to faster-paced flow-style yoga, I certainly was! Vinyasa or flow yoga is the most common yoga Ashtanga based. This type of yoga moves quickly, and it’s as much of a cardio workout as it is a yoga practice. It’s a fun practice that offers sweat, like Bikram in the hot room.
As we move into our late 20s and 30s, it becomes crucial to build strength in the glutes and core.
In your 30s, years of sitting at a desk for work or school may start to take a toll. Or long lengths of standing like I was when I ran my hair salons.
In our 30s and 40s, major life changes occur. I can certainly say that.
Some of us will balance families, work elderly parents, hormonal imbalances, and increasing job pressure.
It’s important that we focus on relaxation during these often-stressful years. Adding in yin based or restoration yoga poses can create balance.
Your 40s are a perfect time to start a more focused meditation practice. Research shows that in addition to lowering stress levels, a regular meditation practice can offer anti-ageing properties.
Women in their mid 40s will begin to have hormone shifts: gentle yoga and meditation can be
the antidote to changing moods and energy levels.
Our 50s are all about balance, and a focus on balance poses is especially helpful.
Poses that strengthen the abductors and outer hips are crucial. Side plank is one helpful pose for this kind of hip strength. It can be modified with the bottom knee down on the earth for more support and it can be made more challenging if the top leg is raised up. Traditional standing balance poses, like tree pose and warrior III should be regularly practiced, too, since the only way to get better at balance is to practice.
Psychologically, facing the ageing years of 50 can feel like a major life milestone. Breath work such as pranayama and Nidra Breathing exercise can help with anxiety at this point of mid life,
As we move into our 60s and beyond, health concerns take precedence when deciding what yoga practice to do.
I know yoga is part of my life forever and can already see the different styles I have been drawn to throughout my 20's, 30's and 40's
PS my next blog I will dive deeper into the different styles I have certified in and practiced throughout my life.
Nicky Arthur 🙏🏻
Live life with passion, health & vitality
Remember to vote for me today for the Miss Jetset Cover competition, this round is tough and every vote will help.
Soothe your tummy with my Turmeric Tea While my home country New Zealand is in it's darkest days, I make myself a turmeric tea, light a candle and sit in a meditation to pray for the people effected in this disturbing and so close to my own home land attack.
Many of you know I am a kiwi and from little old Dunedin. I remember as a child growing up in Dunedin feeling so far far away from battles and wars. I always remember thinking nothing like this would or could ever happened in New Zealand.
Over the years we have become a global community and what use to seem not possible is the possible. Social media has it's place, and we have had to learn how to use it, respectfully and accept it. I have seen positives outcomes with Facebook in such events where people have been stuck or in danger and used it to reach out to get help, fast.
Let's keep sharing positive loving caring messages on our social media platforms. It is a snowball effect. What we think we become. Let go of fear and repeat I am safe and secure, all is well. I welcome only love and light into my life.
I am a proud kiwi and send love compassion and prayers out to my country and the effected Muslim Community to the loving people and children who have been taken recklessly brutal and selfishly. New Zealand is my roots and a place I will always call home, my rock solid friends and family are there in this beautiful country that is filled with such diversity, acceptance
49 prayers to 49 people.
1. I send love and healing compassionate energy out to the universe.
We are a global community and we must stick tougher in peace love kindness, tenderness, compassion, diversity, acceptance.
Kia Kaha NZ
Love and light to the world.
PS here is my Turmeric Tea recipe to soothe you tummy and heal your spirit today.
1 tspn turmeric powder organic
1 cup Boiling water
1/4 tspn coconut oil
sprinkle of cinnamon
MISS JETSET CAMPAIGN
As a proud Kiwi living in Sydney ~ I am currently running in a campaign for Miss Jetset Cover model search. The winner is based on all public voting. I was blessed to be positioned 7th at the beginning of the competition out of thousands. I have maintained this position and now running 6th over the next few days, they will take the top 10 then the top 5 so please help me move my rank to top 5 thats the next goal.
Thank you to all my amazing Kiwi friends, family and former clients who have been voting daily for me. I am forever grateful and this would be such a wild dream come true to get to the finals in Arizona in May. Thank you to all my current Aussie voters, friends, family and also amazing current clients I am working with who are supporting me in this competition. The funds raised are for the Be Positive Foundation ~ helping families with children who have cancer. You can read up on the foundation here and you can also donate paid votes to help the foundation and help me rank to the top.
Again thank you, I appreciate you reading my blog and voting.
vote for me https://jetsetmag.com/model-search/2019/nicola-arthur
Simple Quick and Easy dose of Greens for your body and mind.
Simple Green Smoothie
1 cup kale
1 cup spinach
1 cup silver beet
1 green apple
Blend all ingredients in the blender, serve cold or at room temp. You could add a sprig of mint.
Why silverbeet is good to eat
MISS JETSET FINAL 6HRS
'NEVER EVER GIVE UP'
Miss Jetset Current Campaign I have been enjoying the involvement in this current campaign to help bring awareness and raise money for 'Children in Cancer and helping those families dealing with it.
I have to say it really does make you stop and think about life and how easy we can become caught up with the small stuff, when really there is always much bigger problems people are dealing with, I think we are blessed with how far the medical world is progressing with Cancer, however I still get so passionate about sharing tools techniques for preventative health, but when it comes to children it just doesn't seem fair or right that a young child should get such an illness. I have taken a lot of time out in this campaign to give my who gratitude and thanks to my daughters health and wellbeing. Truly feel blessed for their health.
The final hours are here in this Campaign and I am asking you if you could make a a simple vote for me to stay intros round. All I have to do is move up to 1st place in this round to go through to the next round with 30 Models. This comp is not about being the best looking model, it is for a lifestyle magazine, and I believe it really comes down to building that relationship with your people, clients, fan base. I would love to go through to the next round as I feel I am only just ramping up this amazing awareness for the B+Foundation for families dealing with cancer. Everyone is going to be pushing hard to make the cutoff tonight. So keep promoting, and let your voters know that you need them to help you hold your position. Remember that it's still early in the competition and anything can happen.
I often say "Never Give Up" so I am doing all I can today in these final 6 hours to give this my best shot. My following fan base has been amazing and client support, they have taken time to vote daily spot I feel I owe it to my support crew now to really step up these final hours and do the best I can.
All you need to vote is have a Facebook account and click this link now... thank you so much.
I will keep you updated.
Oh and you will also get to go in my own little Prize Draw I will be drawing out a name this week.
NICKY ARTHUR A world renowned Fitness & Yoga Coach who started her journey 20 years ago in a hippy and rustic Ashtanga Yoga studio in Dunedin, New Zealand. Now a Certified Iyenger and Bikram Yoga Teacher and Fitness Coach has helped lead thousands of people to Yoga.
Have you had a massive week! Restoring your temple and your mind is everything for living life with passion and VITALITY.
We all need a little mood boosting from time to time.
These Tips are practical and they work.
Mood Booster Techniques
Control the direction of your thinking- choose to identify and eliminate negative thoughts from your mind.
1. Choose your peer group wisely-they can either lift you up or tear you down. Be bold and be honest in your assessment of your circle of influence.
2. Get plenty of quality sleep- invest in a comfortable mattress, pillows, soft sheets and tranquil thoughts. Use the mediation CDs to help you relax and to clear your mind before sleep.
3. De-clutter your space- an organised environment at home and at work results in an increased sense of calmness.
4. Keep your work and home environment bright and airy- light increases serotonin levels and lifts mood. An airy environment helps increase oxygen flow and energy levels.
5. Listen to uplifting music- Music is the ultimate mood changer. It can take you from the depths of listlessness to the heights of exhilaration. Invest in an ipod or MP3 player with your favorite mood booster play lists on it. Try Wilson Phillips 'Hold On', Savage Garden 'Affirmation', your favourite band, or embrace some yoga music such as 'Deva Premal', spiritual, sensuous and relaxing.
6. Stay aware of your body language- posture and facial expressions are powerful influences on the brain's neuro-transmitters, so walk tall, sit straight and smile!
7. Take a break and do something different- just doing something different will help break the state that you're in (e.g. if you've been working on the computer for a long period, just get up and walk around or try having a fresh glass of cold water or telling a joke).
8. Use the power of visualization- we can re-live a previous highlight or future utopia (and its associated positive emotions) at any stage by using the creative energy of our minds.
9. Look for reasons to laugh- the act of laughing, or even faking a laugh can elevate mood levels significantly. It is my mission to make people laugh again and be happy!
10 Aromatherapy-when lavender and rosemary scent oils are emitted from an oil diffuser, people tend to feel more contented and relaxed. Try my blend at night of geranium and lavender oil.
11. Massage-touch creates measurable changes in brain wave activity. Treat yourself to a professional massage or get your partner to stimulate energy flow and mood through massage.
12. Engage in acts of kindness- helping others not only makes us feel good, but it helps other people to feel better, because they see that you care about them.
13. Nutrition- You are what you eat. A healthy diet will provide you with more energy and vitality.
14. Get out and about around Nature. Research has noted that spending time at around trees helps increase good quality oxygen to your body.
For me this is my number one too along with yoga & meditation. 👌🏻🌾
Let me introduce myself, I’m Nicky Arthur International Author, Yoga and Fitness Coach, Vegan specialist, & Fitness Model Competitor, above all a mother of two beautiful healthy energetic young girls. For me that’s my most prized accomplishment. However, being a Mum and juggling it all can be challenging. But it doesn't necessarily mean you have to stop setting your own goals and dreams.
I love physical challenges and yoga has taught me the power of your mind. Often the mind stops you from doing the exercises than the body, are bodies are much stronger & flexible than we think and our minds are even more powerful.
My work is based on helping women and mums transform their body and life.
The 10 week Body Transformation program is aimed to help you look fit & healthy but more importantly feel good in the inside. I have the right recipe ticking all the right boxes for living a holistic, drug free, pain free happy exciting satisfied life. It is not just about weight loss, or fitness, it is about internal health and happiness, learning how your body works. In 10 weeks. I provide you with a plan, the tools and help you to you dream body so you can live your own dream life.