Summer Bread

A few years ago I decided to make zucchini bread and tweak it like this so that it was vegan. So why is it called “Summer Bread?” It’s called “Summer Bread” because my son (aka Mr. Picky) asked what it was and I knew that if I said it was zucchini bread he wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole! So I thought quickly of something else to call it and just blurted out…”it’s…it’s…Summer Bread!” I asked him to try it and if he hated it, he never had to eat it again. Genius. He bought the whole idea and…he loved it! One day I was making it again and he saw me grating the zucchini…not so genius! Surprisingly he still ate it and continues to ask me to make it. So, if Mr. Picky, the pickiest of eaters likes it…you will too!

Banana does double duty to replace an egg while adding sweetness and a touch of flavor to this vegan zucchini bread that’s exploding with crunchy walnuts and cinnamon! I usually double or triple the recipe to make 2 or 3 loaves!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 (1 loaf)

1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour (could sub all-purpose)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup organic granulated sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (or your favorite baking oil)
1/4 cup unflavored almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup coarsely grated zucchini
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350°.

1. Lightly oil an 8 or 9 inch loaf pan. I use coconut oil.

2. Stir the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together in a medium mixing bowl.

3. Place the banana into a separate medium bowl and mash it with a fork or potato masher.

4. Add the sugar, oil, milk and vanilla extract to the banana and stir until well mixed.

5. Add banana mixture to dry ingredients and stir just until blended.
Fold in the zucchini and walnuts.

6. Scoop the mixture into loaf pan and smooth out the top with a spatula.

7. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a loaf comes out clean.

8. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before removing the loaf from the pan and slicing.

Maria McKendry, Buffalo Barre Owner, PT

Fit for Fall Calendar of Special Classes and Events

Fit for Fall Challenge

Circuit HIIT – Maria, 10/3, 9:30am
Beginner’s Yoga – Renee, Sat. 10/6, 9am
Makeup and Mimosas…Safer Beauty with Beautycounter – Maria, Sun, 10/7, 11:15am
HIIT AAA (Arms, Abs, A_ _)- Maria, Mon 10/8, 9:30am
Ballet Barre – Lisa, Tues., 10/9, 9:30am
PiYo Live – Jessica, Th, 10/11, 5pm
Tae-Bo for Beginners – Al, Sat 10/13, 10:15am
Hip Hop Barre – Kaitlyn A., Tues, 10/16, 5:45pm
Ballet Barre – Erica, Wed, 10/17, 5:30pm
Co-Ed Yoga – Renee, Th. 10/18, 6pm
Floor Sculpt – Lisa 10/19, 9:30am
80’s Barre – Katie Y., Sat. 10/20, 8am
Tae-Bo Advanced – Al, Sat 10/20, 10:15am
Facial Yoga…Smooth Out your Lines and Wrinkles, Jenna Calabrese, PT and Maria McKendry, PT, Sun. 10/21, 11:15am
Broadway Barre – Maria, Mon 10/22, 9:30am
Focus on Form – Alanna, Tues, 10/23, 7:30am
HIIT AAA (Arms, Abs, A_ _)- Maria, Wed 10/24, 9:30am
Rock Your Body with JT at the Barre – Th, 10/25, Lisa 9:30am
Barre Bootcamp – Erica, Sat 10/27, 8am
Ballet Barre – Kaitlyn, Tues. 10/30, 6:45pm
Monster Mash at the Barre – Danielle, Wed., 10/31, 4:30pm
Throwback Thursday – Lisa, 11/1, 9:30am
Advanced Yoga – Renee, Sat. 11/3, 9am
Bring Your Baby to Barre – Danielle, Sun., 11/4, 10am
Country Barre – Maria, Mon 11/5, 9:30am
Circuit HIIT – Maria, 11/7, 9:30am
Man Up to the Barre – Danielle, Fri., 11/9, 6:45pm
Tae-Bo Extreme- Al, Sat 11/10, 10:15am
Circuit HIIT – Maria, 11/12, 9:30am
Stick it to the Mat – Mat Pilates with the Pilates Stick – Erica, Wed., 11/14, 4:30pm
Power Core v. Tae Bo with Maria and Al, Sat 11/17, 10:15am
Disco Barre – Maria, Mon 11/19, 9:30am
Hamiltuck Tuesday – Lisa 11/20, 9:30am
HIIT AAA (Arms, Abs, A_ _)- Maria, Wed 11/21, 9:30am
Tuck for Turkey – Danielle, 9:30am, 11/22
Stretch it Out – Kaitlyn A., Tues, 11/27, 6:45pm
End of Fit for Fall Celebration Party! Friday, 11/30, 7:30-8:30pm. All welcome!

Stock up on your classes NOW before our Back to Barre special ends.

Let’s do this….together!

5 Day Guide to Overcome Emotional Eating

Dear Buffalo Barre Goddess,

On October 1 we will start our Fit for Fall 60-Day Challenge. We have OVER 30 interesting and fun classes lined up for you!!! The Buffalo Barre Team has spent a great deal of time collaborating to make this our BEST challenge yet. We’re always trying to make the challenges fresh and much more than just taking a certain # of classes in a certain amount of time. I truly think this is the best challenge yet.

I spent a good amount of time traveling this Summer and although it’s hard for me to be away from my family and the studio, I think that over the next few months it’s all going to pay off…for all of you. My travels were the perfect mix of personal and professional and my eyes and ears were open to new possibilities. When traveling, I think that who you’re with is so much more important than where you are. I love meeting other like-minded female entrepreneurs that are totally rocking it in life and business and I love sharing the successes and struggles that we have. Below you will read about someone I met during my travels. Her name is Amy and she has devoted her career to something that fits in perfectly with my core values and beliefs for Buffalo Barre. I think it’s something many of us can benefit from and it’s a perfect supplement to our programs at Buffalo Barre. Bonus…it’s easy to do and feels good.

Have you ever wanted to eat healthy consistently or lose weight without being on a strict diet….but not quite sure how to go about doing it – the right way?

If so, you’re in for a treat because I’m excited to let you know that my friend and colleague, Amy Pamensky, Eating Psychology Expert and Clinical Nutritionist, has generously shared a FREE program to not only help you understand the root cause of your unwanted overeating habits, but also create new habits for a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

In this program, she will be sharing a simple 5-step guide to overcome emotional eating and end your yo-yo dieting cycle so that you can lose weight and create a healthier relationship with food again.

Click here to sign up for the FREE online video training now.

As you know, there are countless diet programs available to help you lose weight. And if you are like most busy women, you probably feel overwhelmed or even confused about how to move forward without wasting your time or money.

That’s why I wanted Amy to share her insights and step-by-step guide with you. After working in the nutrition arena since 2013, she has helped hundreds of women who are tired of dieting to understand why they are overeating, and how to overcome emotional eating to create sustainable healthy eating habits that last.

If this is of interest to you, then click here to register and get started right away. This program is going to be available for a limited time only, so make sure to take Amy up on her free offer before it’s too late. We are offering 5 points towards the challenge for completing Amy’s program…(you need a total of 15 points…separate from the 20 required classes:) ) so….let’s do this goddesses!

Health and Happiness,

Maria McKendry

Buffalo Barre Owner, PT

Fit for Fall 60-Day Challenge Requirements

Fit for Fall Point System

Here are the requirements to successfully complete the Fit for Fall 60-Day Challenge which runs from October 1 to November 30.
Complete the challenge and you earn a free tank top (see below) from Buffalo Barre. The order form for the tank top is at the studio. Please fill out your name and desired size…XS, S, M, L, XL.

If you order a tank and do not/cannot complete the challenge…you will be charged $20. Remember, any effort is better than zero effort and the tank is like a party favor from us. The real gift will be your improved health and vitality!
Completing the challenge will enter you in raffles for baskets and gift certificates. Raffles to take place at the Fit for Fall Celebration Party, Friday, 11/30/18, 7:30pm – 8:30pm.

Required: Must take 20 classes in 60 days AND earn a total of 15 points.

Stock up on classes with our 10 Pack Back to School, Back to Barre special!

Ways to earn 15 points:
1.) 1 point – Take a 7:30am or 6:30am class. 1 point for each class.
2.) 1 point – Try a Tae-Bo® class for the first time.
3.) 1 point – Try a Yoga class for the first time.
4.) 2 points – Bring a friend to class. ($10 first class)
5.) 1 point – Join our Private Facebook Group- “Barre Bosses – Women Who Support Each Other” if you haven’t already…if you have already did, thank you and we have other ways for you to score a point.
6.) 5 points – Share your “before” photo in the private Facebook group. Full body photo that shows arms and legs please.
7.) 1 point – Engage in our private Facebook group by commenting on posts dated 10/1/18 or later. One comment per post. Earn up to 5 points this way!
8.) 5 points – Share your “before and after” photos on your personal Facebook page and tag Buffalo Barre so your friends can see your success! Full body photo that shows arms and legs please.
9.) 1 point – Share a photo of yourself or anything at the studio on your personal Facebook or Instagram page and tag Buffalo Barre. Earn up to 5 points this way!
10.) 10 points – Join our “Live Your Best Life with Maria and Nora” membership for at least 2 months. Click on the link for more info. and join.
11.) 2 points – Post a photo on Facebook/Instagram of a meal you made from over 65 recipes in our “Live Your Best Life with Maria and Nora” membership site…(refer to #10.)
12.) 5 points – Get our 10 videos to do at home on days you can’t make it to the studio or to double up on your workouts! Keep the videos forever. Link to videos and more info.
13.) 5 points – Get our 7 Day Fat-Burning Meal Plan and watch the pounds melt away.
14.) 5 points – Choose safer skin care and makeup, support the movement for stricter cosmetic regulations and make a Beautycounter® purchase of any amount. Maria’s link: . For even more info. please reply to this email with your questions or attend the “Makeup & Mimosas” event at the studio on Sunday, Oct. 7, 11:15am.
15.) 5 points – Take part in the 5-Day Guide to Overcome Emotional Eating. More about this program and how I found it HERE.

Don’t forget to use our hashtag #buffalobarrefitforfall in your social media posts.
Let’s have fun with this! Good luck Barre Bosses!!! Let’s do this…together!

Maria McKendry

Buffalo Barre Owner, PT

Joint Healing Smoothie

This smoothie has Indian healing spices and will transform you from the inside out. It decreases stress, improves mood and relieves joint and muscle pain.

Turmeric is one of the oldest natural medicines and competes with many prescription drugs.

Benefits of Turmeric

Basil is a highly regarded in Ayurvedic Medicine.

Benefits of Basil

Aloe Vera is another healing herb abundant in India and can also heal you from the inside out. We often think of it as an anti-inflammatory for the skin but do you know the benefits when it’s ingested?

Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel


2 Cups Coconut/Almond Milk

8 deseeded Dates

2 tbsp. Fresh Aloe Vera Gel

8-10 leaves Fresh Basil

2 Frozen Bananas

1/2 Mango

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Ginger Powder

2 tsp.(you can adjust the amount based on your preference) Turmeric


1. Blend everything together.

2. Enjoy and let me know if you try it!

Maria McKendry, Buffalo Barre Owner, Beautycounter Consultant