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Good Morning Smoothie

4 Aug

Pretty much in no uncertain terms my OB is not pleased with me. She let me know that I am 7 weeks away from my due date and 2 lbs away from the maximum amount that they wanted me to gain of 25 lbs (probably would have been good for them to set up expectations prior to me getting close to that amount). So of course my husband starts joking asking if ‘eating cookies while lounging on the couch is a recommendation for that’, which she laughed at but was like ‘no, I’m pretty sure that no one recommends that.’

Ok, so I have to do better. I know that although I have gained a few more pounds than I planned I am not too far gone and whatever I do and put in my mouth now is going to effect my ability to get back into all my cute pre-pregnancy clothes which I miss dearly. It’s a little tough thinking about getting up and getting out there to get more exercise since I have hit that 3rd trimester wall of being exhausted by every activity, from things as small as walking downstairs from my office to refill my water bottle to a full hour long grocery shopping trip with my three year old. Not to mention that it is just about a million degrees in Southern California as we have started the month of August. My body is revolting against me when I even think of going outside. But I know that I need to get more exercise to be able to have a smoother delivery and recover more quickly from the birth. But besides getting outside and taking a walk or a jog, or hitting up the gym during lunch while I am at work I know that I need to still keep working hard (much harder) to sustain making healthier choices when it comes to what I am putting in my body, and no I don’t spend all day or evening eating cookies on the couch. I often have to wait to eat breakfast until I get into work since I usually choose sleep over getting up a minute sooner to do anything extra in the morning. Which means that sometimes my breakfast selections are influenced by what I see on the way to work, like fast food etc. Now I only do this maybe one to two times a week but I know it’s not good and I need to start somewhere. So I am issuing myself a little challenge to eat a healthy breakfast at home each work day this week.

To kick things off this week I made my Good Morning Smoothie. I am pretty picky when it comes to smoothies and I am definitely not on the level of most of my friends with their green smoothies. To me, I don’t really care how good whatever crazy ingredients are for you, I care about taste. But with this smoothie I am able to incorporate lots of good healthy ingredients with great antioxidants and the taste is still great! It has a great berry flavor but with a slight citrus tang and is hearty and healthy! It’s very refreshing and I especially love this smoothie in the summer even though with the use of mostly frozen ingredients I can have it any time of the year.

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Good Morning Smoothies

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen Strawberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 fresh banana, sliced
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup 2% milk (could use another kind of non-dairy milk if desired)

Empty all ingredients into your blender and liquefy to desired consistency. *If it needs more liquid, I recommend adding more orange juice. Enjoy!

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Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

25 Aug

Sometimes in life a girl needs a little therapy. Sometimes it’s in the form of chatting over coffee with your friends, sometimes it’s retail therapy in your favorite store and sometimes therapy can be found in your own oven- I call this baking therapy. I personally think that cooking and baking is good for your soul, so when I’m feeling down and need a pick me up, to the kitchen I go. Eating is also good for the soul as well, in my opinion, so let’s eat well and healthy when we can.

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I developed this Whole Wheat Banana Muffin recipe as an adaptation form another recipe that I had tried: Whole Wheat Brown Butter Banana Muffins.
Madeline loves these muffins and I love giving them to her since they are healthy and have little refined sugar in them. She definitely had a hard time waiting for them to come out of the oven!

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins
Yeilds: 12 muffins

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/24 teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup natural apple sauce
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1/4 cup melted butter
2 mashed ripe bananas

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Mix all dry ingredients including sugar, add in honey, eggs, vanilla, apple sauce, melted butter, and mashed bananas and mix till blended. Scoop muffin mixture into lined or sprayed muffin pan and bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Serve immediately or store in an air tight container.

Enjoy!

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