Archives for January 2019

January 31, 2019 - 3 comments

Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Banana bread is perennially popular, especially when served warm from the oven, cut in thick slices and generously spread with butter. The addition of brazil nuts, gives this loaf cake a lovely texture, but you can substitute any nuts you prefer or no nuts at all!

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas

115 g/1 stick of butter, softened

115 g/ ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

2 large eggs

115 g/1 cup gluten-free self raising/rising flour (or 115 g/1 scant cup gluten-free plain/all-purpose flour, plus 1 teaspoon baking powder and ¼ teaspoon xantham gum)

3 tablespoon buttermilk

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground mixed spice/apple pie spice

100 g/1 cup brazil nuts, coarsely chopped

2x450-g/1-lb. loaf pans, greased and lined with baking parchment

Preheat the oven to 180*C (350*F)

Put the bananas in a bowl and mash with a fork. Put the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and whisk until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition. Add the mashed banana, flour, buttermilk, cinnamon, mixed spice/apple pie spice and brazil nuts (if you choose to add them) and fold in until everything in incorporated.

Divide the batter between the prepared loaf pans and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until the loaves are firm to the touch and a knife inserted in the middle of each cake comes out clean. Remove the loaves from the oven and let cool slightly while you make the glaze.

Fresh out of the oven!

The loaves will keep for up to 3 days if stored in an airtight container. They also freeze very well, so if you don’t need both, you can freeze up to 2 months.

January 28, 2019 - 3 comments

Massage Therapy – A place where head, heart & hands are of equal importance

Hi! I’m Iris and I am a Massage Therapist at JADA Studios! I’m a lifelong learner and this is a huge part of what attracted me to JADA because continuing education and personal growth are the foundation of what Hilary has built this studio on. Anyone can read about massage, but the work itself takes more than simply reading a book. It takes an understanding of anatomy, excellent communication skills, sensitivity to emotional responses and body language, intuitive touch, and ability to adjust pressure, depth and choose which technique is appropriate for each situation. I’m not a person who does things “halfway,” so I’ve been delighted to work where excellence is a priority.

When I was asked to join the JADA team, I felt honored to be surrounded by so much talent! I love that the team works together to create the best treatment plan for each person who comes to us for care. It’s not a place that is based on practitioners competing against each other, but rather working together. Every day I’m inspired as I see people treating each other with kindness and respect. JADA is a place where I’m valued for who I am and what I have to offer, and where I continually learn from my coworkers and from each client that I work with.

One of the things that I love about JADA is that it’s a place where head, heart and hands are of equal importance. My day is never about simply getting record numbers of clients in and out the door. Instead, the focus at JADA is taking time to truly understand each client as they talk about their goals for the long term, not just for that day. Together, we craft a plan for recovery from injury, improving posture, reducing pain and stress, or implementing massage as weekly self-care during training for an athletic event or throughout their performance as an athlete. If a client expresses that they are doing great physically but are carrying so much tension from stress that they just need deep relaxation, I want to hear about that too! I love that JADA is always ready to flex and bend to meet the needs of the individual!

These are just a few of the many reasons I find JADA Studios to be a wonderful place to practice massage therapy!

Looking to work with a massage therapist? Simply book your appointment with me online through our website. I’m excited to start working with you as we clear your physical and mental obstructions, freeing your path to success!