Stay Active! And… Gluten-Free, Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf

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I really want to be running right now.  As I sit here writing this, thousands of runners are at the starting line in downtown Providence just taking their first few steps at the Rock and Roll Half Marathon.  I’m excited for everybody as the weather is ideal and partaking in a huge race like this gives one a feeling of accomplishment and joy that is difficult to understand unless you are a runner.

I don’t talk much about my running here on my blog but it has been a very special part of my life.  Like the saying goes, “running is my therapy.”  It’s been a tough year or so for me with mysterious injuries and pains and I’m trying to deal maturely with the fact that I am slowing down.  I’m also working on accepting the idea of giving my aches a break when my body begs me to.  Which, unfortunately seems to be more often than not.  I’m practicing what I preach to my clients:  Instead of dwelling on what you can’t do, focus on what you can do.  For me, recently that’s been biking!  I got a new bike for my (40th!) birthday last month.  It was time to replace the purple 10-speed Raleigh from the 80s that I never felt quite safe enough on to ride on the roads.  I have to admit I am absolutely loving biking and it’s easier on my body than pounding the pavement in my running sneakers.

Being out in the fresh air, sunshine and blue sky is one of the most therapeutic gifts you can give yourself.   Heck, it can even be raining or snowing.  There is something about getting outdoors, away from your screens and back into real life that we all can use a little more of.  Wouldn’t you agree?  This is a friendly reminder to everyone — there is always something you can do to stay active and be healthy.  We all have our obstacles and limitations.  Whether it’s an injury, a time factor or any other reason– make your health a priority in your life by making the time for physical activity.

And equally important… make the time for healthy, delicious foods in your life!  🙂

I seriously can’t get enough pumpkin/squash this time of year.  I spent this morning whipping up a pumpkin (actually butternut squash) bread from a really simple “anybody can handle this one” recipe.  You’ve got to try this.

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I made this pumpkin loaf with pureed baked butternut squash.  I won’t be posting the recipe (it’s not mine) but I will give thanks to the Detoxinista and will provide the link to her site for her recipe.  The minor changes I made were substituting coconut butter for the coconut oil and adding chocolate chips.  Instead of using parchment paper, I sprayed the dish with spray oil.  I wasn’t sure how mixing all the ingredients into one bowl would come out (I always mix the wet ingredients together in a small bowl first to incorporate them well)… but it worked perfectly.  Bonus:  only one bowl to clean!  She’s right when she says this recipe is practically foolproof.

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OH YUM

To-Do List for Today:

  • Get outdoors and move your body
  • Get into your kitchen and create a new nutritious and delicious food
  • Give thanks for all the good things in your life
  • Be happy!  🙂

 

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2 Responses to Stay Active! And… Gluten-Free, Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf

  1. Susan says:

    I came across your website and am interested in what you might offer as a meal plan for someone. I am 49 and normal weight, 5 foot and 104 lbs. I have been an athlete most of my life but have always struggled with food. I definitely use too many artificial sweeteners and don’t have a lot of time to prepare meals. Two kids, full time job as a nurse, etc. I am not unrealistic and would like to slowly add healthier foods but the cookbooks are sooo involved and then many times I don’t like what I made. Looking for simple suggestions. I have tried decreasing my artificial sweeteners but crave sugar when I do. Look forward to I live in CT by the way!

    • Corinne says:

      Hi Susan! It would be hard to come up with a meal plan for you without having a conversation about your specific goals, your food preferences, eating patterns, etc. If you are looking to cut out artificial sweeteners I would suggest finding replacements for the foods you are eating that contain them. The more “real” foods you eat and the less packaged products you rely on, the easier this will be! Keep it real with whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, quality meats and seafoods, beans and whole grains. Start slow– maybe replace one meal or snack with a healthy alternative and get used to the change before adding another. Perhaps sitting down with a local dietitian would be helpful– sometimes having someone to be accountable to can make the difference between sticking with healthy changes and going back to old habits. Good luck!

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