Archive for March, 2012

March 29, 2012

Coconut Buckwheat Bake

Since Monday was a holiday and this week has been Spring Break for me, I’ve been completely lost on what day it is.  All I know is that I’ve been able to wake up on my own and make breakfasts that take longer than 5 minutes.   Which means this week I’ve made steel cut oats and protein-packed pancakes for multiple meals [including lunch…] just because I can.


This year I’ve been fortunate to just focus on grad school, being a fitness instructor, and doing practicum [a.k.a. paying an agency to work 20 hours a week for experience].  In comparison to last year’s full-time job, grad school, and fitness instructing, I count my blessings as far as scheduling goes because I’m nowhere near as busy as I once was.  That said, I still have classes 3-4 nights a week and teach early morning classes three days a week, which compromises my favorite meal of the day – breakfast! 

Luckily, I’ve gotten great at pre-cooking breakfast foods that can easily be warmed up.  One of my favorite on-the-go meals are buckwheat and oat bakes… I make a couple on Sunday and store them in containers in the fridge, then heat and slather them with nut butter when I need sustenance.  It couldn’t be easier! 

As you may have noticed, I’ve become obsessed with coconut flour lately – the nutritional stats are great and I love the flavor and moistness it adds to baked goods – so I decided to try it in bake form.  These came out great!  Not too sweet and not too dense.  I made a batch with banana to take on a long road trip to Hana while my in-laws were here and everyone enjoyed them [which is saying a lot as they’re all full-on wheat eaters]! 


Coconut Buckwheat Bake

[sugar-, gluten- and grain-free]

[ingredients] – makes three 4’’ ramekins, but can easily be for a smaller baking dish.

  • 1/4 c coconut flour

  • 1/4 c buckwheat/oat flour [I ground up 1/4 c buckwheat groats]

  • 2 Tbsp buckwheat groats

  • 2 Tbsp coconut flakes [I used defatted]

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 c almond milk [+ a bit more if it’s looking too thick]

  • 1/2 – 1 c fruit [I used 1c fresh blueberries in these photos, but have also used 1/2c chopped bananas]


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease or line ramekins or an oven-safe baking dish.

Whisk together the flours, groats, flakes, baking powder, and chia seeds in a bowl. 

In another medium-sized bowl, beat the eggs, milk, and vanilla together.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and combine thoroughly.

Fold in the fruit.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top cracks and the edges pull away.

Enjoy!  Makes 3 servings.


Nutrition Facts [1 blueberry ramekin sans toppings]:

Calories 211 • Fat 8g Sodium 101mg • Carbs 26g • Fiber 10g • Sugar 6g • Protein 10g

These are so yummy, super filling, and easy to make ahead of time and travel with – easy energy during the long work day! 

I’m off to enjoy my last two days of break!  How does time fly so quickly?

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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March 28, 2012

Healthy + Hapai–26 Weeks


Your baby “may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner’s as you chat with each other… And he’s continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches from head to heel. If you’re having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days.

The baby’s been super active lately – kicking up a storm especially after I eat or drink!  He or she also loves when I get a chiropractic adjustment, squirming and kicking like crazy the whole time.  Yesterday my Chiropractor actually felt one of the baby’s kicks while she adjusted me. Smile 

It is such a cool experience and I’m obsessed with feeling him/her!  I’d by lying if I said I didn’t just spend about 15 minutes talking to the baby, poking my belly, and watching as my belly jumped. 


I feel like I’ve definitely entered the fun stage of pregnancy where everything feels really cool and special, making me forget about all the horrible nausea and fatigue I felt during the first trimester.  While I was going through the nausea, I was wary about going through the process more than once, but the other night as I crawled into bed after my fourth trip to the bathroom, I felt the baby kicking and caught myself thinking This is the coolest experience EVER!  I could SO do this again.   

But then I couldn’t get comfortable on my side, and by the time the fatigue set in at noon the next day I thought about how amazing this whole process is: uncomfortable yet delightful, primal and intuitive.  It never ceases to amaze me. 

Week 8 - sideIMG_8329

[8 Weeks / 26 Weeks]

Although there are definitely a lot of exciting things happening, the fatigue is starting to set back in as I near the end of my second trimester [how does time fly so quickly?!].  As I wrapped up my third Turbokick class last week I was actually quite tired and excited for this week’s break from teaching.  I plan to keep teaching until the end of the semester, which is the beginning of May, but I’m open to cutting back earlier if my body tells me I need to.  I’m back to taking 15-30 minute afternoon naps whenever possible, which helps greatly, but I’m a bit nervous about the third trimester fatigue. 

I’m so glad to live in Hawai`i because being in the water has felt so good lately!  The ocean has been beautiful and it’s nice to do some water-jogging for low-impact exercise as well. 

Tidbits for Week 26:

  • Awesome videos watched this week: Conception to Birth Visualized and the Orgasmic Birth DVD, which our midwife lent us. 
  • Girl or boy? I’ve been saying “he” a lot more lately…  Ben has no idea… who knows?
  • Crazy dreams: the other night I dreamt I was going into labor, that it was really easy – too easy? – and that I thought I was gonna have a bowel movement but instead plopped out a teeny-tiny baby from my vagina.  The baby fit into my palm and wasn’t moving… and I couldn’t tell whether he/she could breathe, but no one would believe that I had given birth, so I had to go on this crazy adventure to the hospital.  The real baby woke up with his/her kicking and I was so grateful to know that it was just a dream!
  • Freak outs: One this week about not having anything for the baby yet.  I still have lots of time and my shower is going to be mid-May, but for some reason I had a bit of a meltdown the other day over it. 

Aloha Pumehana.
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