Zucchini Oat Bread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix honey, eggs, banana, and vanilla with a hand mixer until smooth.
Place shredded zucchini in a clean tea towel or paper towels and gently squeeze to get some of the water out.
Stir zucchini into banana mixture.
Mix wet ingredients into dry and stir just until combined.
Pour batter into a lightly greased bread loaf pan.
Bake 50-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Bread will keep 3-4 days in an airtight container. If you are not using the bread right away, freeze the extra in separate servings for future easy breakfasts. Take out the desired number of slices the night before to thaw or defrost in low temp oven (or microwave) just before eating.
What you eat has enormous power to affect more than just hunger pains. Eating clean wholesome foods nourishes you, energizes you, and makes your body feel physically strong. How about mentally? Yep, food directly affects that too. All foods interplay with our hormones, immune system, and brain chemicals.
The foods that you consume regularly as part of your diet can directly affect and regulate your mood, sleep patterns, mental acuity, physical function, perceptions of pain, and how energized you feel long term. Eating nutritiously results in an improved ability to handle physical or emotional stressors. To feel great, you need to eat premium quality fuel. Eating a variety of wholesome whole foods will ensure that you get what your body needs for both energy output and well-rounded nutrition.
Transitioning to a style of eating that connects you with your food and how it makes you feel takes time and practice—no one style of eating is right for everyone. Start this practice with one full day of clean eating from breakfast to dinner and note how you feel the next day.
I’ve outlined an example day that you can follow below using mixed and matched recipes from the 28 Day Clean Eating Challenge, a meal plan designed to guide you in learning how foods affect your body and mind.
Observe what you eat and take note of how it ultimately makes you feel, both mentally and physically, a day or two days after consumption. For example, you may notice a trend with certain foods (or categories of foods) that when you eat them, you feel bloated or achy. Or perhaps certain foods make you feel super energized, or the opposite causing you to feel sluggish in mind or more fatigued in general. Take note of these feelings and alter your way of eating accordingly.
Going forward, choose nutritious foods that make you feel your best and benefit your training. Be mindful of those choices. On the flip side, be mindful and intentional when choosing to eat a few less healthy foods (like that slice of grandma’s chocolate cream pie) which is totally okay on an occasional basis.
The key to feeling great long term is eating with purpose and training yourself to be conscious about the quality of foods you’re putting into your body and aware of how they make you feel. You may discover that you perform better with a diet heavy in vegetable carbs or with more protein or with more healthy fats included. What you learn about how foods affect your body just might surprise you. Follow up your newfound knowledge by adjusting your diet according to which foods ultimately make you feel your best.
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