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4 Healthy Habits for Your Best Autumn Ever!

October 19, 2017 • By

Yoga Outside - Northern Yogi

Autumn has officially landed here in the UK and it’s time to embrace this beautiful season. I have to admit autumn has never really been my favourite season, I’m a spring baby and attribute this to my love for the spring/ summer months.  year, however, I’m making a conscious effect to appreciate the season.

Here I’ve pulled together my top 4 ways to have your healthiest, happiest autumn ever. So grab a blanket, grab a chai and indulge yourself for a few moments.

  1. Get Outside!

Yes it’s getting chilly but being outside at this time of year can be magical. Wrap up warm, grab your comfy shoes and go on an adventure, even if it’s only to your local park! Autumn can be a truly beautiful season, the skies are blue, the air is crisp and fresh, the leaves are turning the most beautiful of colours. Just being outside is proven to reduce your overall stress levels so make Sunday strolls a part of your schedule!

 

Vegan Pie - Northern Yogi

  1. Eat Right

There can be a desire at this time of year to over indulge. As humans we are designed to eat more at this time of year, something to do with us hibernating during the winter months when we were cave people, but it’s important we are eating the right foods. This time of year calls for warming foods, think fresh, hearty stews, organic, vegan pies and thick, warming soups. Try and eat as in season as possible (research what is in season in your area). Drink spice herbal teas, like chai, instead of caffeine as the spicy teas will warm and hydrate, unlike coffee.

Yoga Body - Northern Yogi

 

  1. Move Your Body!

Admittedly this point is kind of going against what nature wants us to do at this time of year but it’s totally worth it. What better way to create some heat in the colder months then to roll out your yoga mat and get the internal fires burning (agni). If you want to look your best come spring then you have to put the work in now, so get stretching, running, jumping, swimming, whatever your sport of choice, prioritise it through autumn.

 

  1. Get More Sleep

Our natural body clock wants the body to sleep when the sun goes down and wake as the sun is rising. It todays worlds it’s not always possible to rise with the sun, we have jobs for goodness sake! But, that does not mean we should be getting less sleep. Aim to turn off your digital devises 1 hour before bedtime, that bright blue light they emit will keep you awake for longer so the earlier you switch off the earlier you’ll shut down. Aim to get to sleep 1 hour earlier in the colder months than in spring and summer.

 

Healthy Autumn Tips - Northern Yogi


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Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

August 8, 2017 • By

Fancying yourself a sweet treat but trying to ‘be good’, ‘eat clean’ or partake in any other popular social media hashtag?

I have the solution in the form of this amazing vegan banana bread recipe. It’s sweets, its ‘clean’, natural and totally worth letting your bananas over-ripen for.

Though this is a vegan recipe that doesn’t mean it’s exclusively for vegans. Non-vegans will also find it delicious, don’t tell them it’s vegan and they won’t even notice the difference. It is cruelty free, contains no hate, no harm and no nasties. What’s not to love?

Vegan Banana Bread | Northern Yogi

 

Vegan Recipes

 

Banana Bread recipes | Northern Yogi

 

What you’ll need

  • 4 overly ripe bananas. The riper the better!
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons ground linseeds or flaxseeds
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 5 cups coconut or spelt flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Vanilla extract

 

Optional extras for decoration

  • Walnuts
  • Choc chips
  • Raisons
  • Blueberries
  • Coconut cream/ yoghurt

 

Method

  1. Mash the 4 ripe bananas in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in the milk, oil, flax or linseed, agave syrup and vanilla extract and combine.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, bi-carb and the oats and stir to create a thick mixture (try and make sure there are no traces of flour dust left over)
  4. If you chose to decorate the top on the cake do it now. Walnuts and cinnamon are a wonderful decorative addition.
  5. Spray your baking tin with your chosen oil spray (I use coconut oil spray)
  6. Heat your oven to about 190/ 175 fan assisted.
  7. Place the baking tin on the top shelf for 30 minutes
  8. The bread should bounce back when you press it, this means you’ve got the perfect consistency.
  9. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  10. Once ready to serve decorate with your chosen ingredients. I like blueberries and coconut cream (or if you’re being really good leave out the cream, #bikinibody)

This is a wholesome and healthy vegan bread that can be enjoyed as a sweet treat or as a breakfast. It’s so simple and speedy to make and it will be enjoyed by everyone, not just vegans!