food and fitness

Banana Bread Granola.

It’s no surprise it’s tough eating healthy over the holidays, and that’s totally fine. Splurge! I enjoy the wine and cookies just as much as the next person, but one thing I do always try to do is start with a healthy breakfast. It’s the best way to not only jump-start your day, but help you make healthier decisions all day long. This Banana Bread Granola is a perfect, easy recipe to start your morning off right. Not only does it smell ah-mazing, but it’s delicious! Top your yogurt off with some of this stuff or use it as cereal and add some blueberries on top!

It’s super simple and easy to switch out ingredients as well. Use any nuts you’ve got lying around, or feel free to add chia seeds, flax seeds, dried cranberries or even dark chocolate (yum!). This is a great easy base granola recipe and you can tailor it to whatever you’d like. Find the printable recipe card below!

 

Recipe Granola

 

Good luck, and if you try out the recipe let me know how it goes below!

Certified.

I need to go ahead and write this while it’s still such a thrill! Watch out fitness world, this girl is certified to personally train you! Woo! Six months in the making, and man did I forget what it is like to be in school “study” mode, which is even harder with a full time job and (semi) social life. But I took the exam this morning and passed! Couldn’t be happier.

I passed!

I’ve always enjoyed health and fitness on a personal level. I always played multiple sports in school, became somewhat of a gym rat post-grad, and now have branched into testing out gluten free and paleo recipes weekly. It’s become more than something I just do, and into something I love. I decided to get my certification to be a personal trainer simply to learn more about my own training. There are many different organizations that offer a certification but I chose the National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM-CPT) because it’s one of the most reputable and widely accepted. Being someone who goes to the gym frequently, I thought the course and exam would be easier for me. It’s heavily focused on exercise science, which I have no background in. So honestly, maybe I was more excited than necessary but I nailed a science exam…maybe the first time ever.

Arms day

The best part is I have more updates…

I am officially a Brand Ambassador for Equinox! Equinox is a luxury gym in a few major US cities, one of the locations being conveniently located a block over from my office. I help out the membership team for that location and represent an awesome brand…how lucky is that?!

yogi

Today is a celebration and another step in my fitness journey. Just looking forward to learning more and maybe getting to pick up a client or two 🙂

E-mail me at ebaileyfitness@gmail.com for info on how I can help you!

@ebailey_fitness

A HUGE thank you to my family, boyfriend, roommate and wonderful friends up here who have been so supportive and understanding of my study-hibernation status lately…you all are the best! ❤

Love,

Erin K. Bailey, CPT 😉

My modern day chocolate chip cookie

There’s really nothing better than a good chocolate chip cookie. My dad loves to bake and I can guarantee that there is at least one type of homemade cookie dough in the fridge at home right now. I grew up believing cookies were a snack, everyone’s favorite dessert, and when paired with coffee…even a breakfast food. Cookies are a staple at my house.

And then I started to become healthier; let’s not pretend like I didn’t eat an entire chocolate souffle at dinner the other night, but on a normal day I can’t indulge as often as I’d wish. I’ve begun to find and create healthier options to the foods I love, mostly desserts. Today I’m sharing my spin on the chocolate chip cookie…in protein bar form!

Cookie 1

The great thing about this recipe is that you just throw everything in your food processor (or Ninja, thanks Mom and Dad!) and it’s an easily adaptable recipe.

Cookie 2

Maybe chocolate chip cookies aren’t your favorite, throw in some macadamia nuts and white chocolate instead or maybe try a little extra peanut butter!

Cookie 3

It’s what I call a “dump” recipe, this time I added a little extra flax-seed I had as well as some chia seeds and they still taste delicious.

Cookie 4

Let me know how you decide to make them!

Cookie 5

Cookie 6

“This is my advice to people: Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”                                                                              – Julia Child.

 

 

Protein Balls.

I’ve come a long way. The array of vegetables I ate as of five years ago, pretty much consisted of mashed potatoes and raw carrots with ranch dressing. Tomatoes were slimy, cooked broccoli made me want to gag, and I didn’t even know what spinach looked like unless it was frozen out of a bag. I think the day my family finally saw a difference was the day I went to Subway and ordered a veggie sub rather than my usual “Turkey breast on Italian, provolone cheese and mayo…not toasted…yes, that’s it…I’m sure…Thank you.” …Mom still never lets me live that down.

Honestly, studying abroad was a big part of my pallet change. I wanted to eat everything and wasn’t going to let that scary tomato keep me from eating Rome’s best pasta sauce. So I sucked it up and tried any and everything…turns out those veggies aren’t so bad. In fact it was in Africa that I even started to LIKE them…what?! My roommate was vegetarian which was a great influence on me. Plus with our lack of kitchen space and appliances, “one pan” dishes became our specialty and we often cooked together.

So the point is, while many would consider me a “health nut” now…I haven’t always been this way. It was a slow but steady transition. I’m not here to convince you to take the journey I did, but food and eating healthy is such a large part of my life, it’s a part I have had yet to share with you. So while I will not convert this blog to a health and fitness focused blog (it’s been done…and done again), a few of those posts might slide in.

The one thing that’s really holding me back from considering myself to be a health nut is my sweet tooth. Let’s not even pretend I have just one, I should say “sweet TEETH.” I love spinach, and tofu, and qunioa. I meal plan and meal prep for the week, I’ve even started to go to the gym before work but put a pint of ice cream in front of me…game over. Self control? Non-existent. So I’ve had to come up with “healthy” sweet alternatives, because not eating desert is simply not an option. Welcome protein balls…these are so good my roommate even loves them and shes the savory one! They taste like cookie dough. Honest.

It took me a couples week to convince my sister to make them but after the first batch she was hooked! She even shared the recipe with her coworkers, so I figured I’d share mine with you!

Peanut Butter Protein Balls
2 tbsp coconut oil
.5 cup peanut butter (if I have pb2* I do half that and half real pb)
4 tbsp honey
.25 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 scoops protein powder (I use vanilla Whey Factors)
1.5 cups oats
1-2 tbsp almond milk
.25 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips

1. Melt the coconut oil then mix in peanut butter, honey, applesauce.
2. Next add your dry ingredients one at a time, protein powder and oats.
3. If your batter turns out dry that’s when you can add a tablespoon of almond milk at a time until it can hold together.
4. So the great thing about this recipe is at this point you can throw in any additions you want: chocolate chips, almonds, chia seeds, flax seeds, cranberries, raisins, clear out your pantry and throw it in!
5. Now take your batter and roll them into quarter sized balls and store them in the fridge. As delicious as the plain batter is, it gets better chilled!

These little guys are perfect for breakfasts on the go or afternoon snacks. I primarily use them as a little pick-me-up before a workout. They give you a boost of energy with the sugar and protein for you to have a more effective workout. Let me know what you guys think! Enjoy!