The human body is miraculous. As a Health and Human Sciences major I spend most of my time in school learning about the complex bodily functions that occur every second of every minute of every hour of every day. Processes that we (luckily) don’t have to have any control over. There is so much to be learned about the human body, and it fascinates me, however something just as fascinating are the processes that we can’t completely come to understand. Dreams, perceptions, intuition; all processes that we study, and all processes that we can’t completely crack.
Most have us have been told to follow your intuition, trust your gut, and listen to your basic instincts., but our culture has conditioned us to follow rationality and that our decisions should be based in logic not feelings. In essence, we need both instinct and reason, but ignoring intuition can pose some serious problems. When we ignore the messages that our intuitions send us, we diminish our ability to call upon our instincts when we need them most…no bueno!So why does this matter? When facing life threatening situations our instincts are built to get. us. out. (fight or flight is real!) BUT of course we’re not faced with those situations everyday-well hopefully anyways. Our unconscious mind is built to make us 100% happy and completely satisfied all the time. We use our rational conscious mind to balance out those desires, but if we start trusting our instincts more with everyday decisions can we in turn lead a happier more fulfilling life? I think so.
The first place I chose to trust my instincts was my favorite place in the world…drumroll please…the kitchen, of course! And you know what? As a result I have two new mouthwatering recipes. Enjoy!
Clean Honey Banana Cupcake
1/2 cup rolled oats, ground into flour
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 tbsp honey (I used a heaping tablespoon)
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tbsp flax seeds
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp butter extract (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Mash the banana in a small bowl. Grind the rolled oats into a flour using a blender or food processor. Add the oats into the bowl with the banana, along with the egg, honey, chia seeds, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir until smooth. Add the batter into a mug and microwave for 2 minutes until the top springs back when touched.
Paleo Coconut Banana Pancakes
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp honey
1/2 banana, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp flax seeds
coconut oil for cooking
Thoroughly whisk eggs, coconut oil, and honey together. Add the coconut milk and vanilla extract. Add in the coconut flour, baking soda, and salt, mix (gently!) with a wooden spoon. Do not over-mixb, lumps are ok! On medium heat, melt about a teaspoon of coconut oil on a skillet, slowly add about a 1/4 cup of batter to the pan. Let the pancake cook until small bubbles can be seen on the surface. Flip the pancake and cook again until firm. Flipping may be tough at first but its easier if you are quick when first slipping the spatula under! Serve immediately with banana coins and berries!