Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Muffins and Crack - But Not Muffin-Crack

Well hello there internetz.  Please pardon the 5 month long blogging hiatus I just took.  I've been busy with things.  You know, like cancer, and summer, and trying to come to grips with the fact that the new Lululemon store that just opened is literally threatening to ruin my life.  What is it with that stuff?  It's like crack cocaine you wear on your body.  Now I know what people mean when they say things like, "I tried it once and I was hooked".  Damn those effing adorable running skirts!  You think it couldn't happen to you, but mark my words, you're not exempt.  It's only a matter of time before you too will be sucked in my friends.  
The skirts, they're like buttah...



And their Energy Bra???  Crack.  Cocaine.


Okay.  So.  Now that I have proven to all of you just how productive I've been over the past few months, let's talk food.  I mentioned way back when that I was exiting vegetarianville.  I'm more convinced than ever that it was the right decision for me.  I'm also more convinced than ever that not every lifestyle works for everyone.  I know people who have tried the Paleo route only to find out that they felt better eating a vegetarian diet.  Everyone has a different physiological makeup.  I firmly believe that no one lifestyle or diet is right for everyone.  Part of living a healthy lifestyle is going through the process of figuring it all out for yourself, and then accepting what you discover.  You might have to tweak things here or there.  You might have to throw in the towel and start over again.  It's okay.  It's good.  The journey is actually really fun if you can get over the fact that there's not really a finish line.  Once I grasped that concept my view of living a healthy life completely changed.  

Anyway, my husband has been involved in a "get healthy" challenge at work over the past few weeks.  The whole objective has been to make sustainable changes, and to avoid depriving yourself of the things that will set you up for disaster.  I couldn't agree more with this philosophy.  Food allergies aside, I don't think it's wise to completely eliminate anything that you desperately love (note: I said completely eliminate).  Moderation.  It is a wise thing to strive for in so many areas of your life.  Moderation, when it comes to your diet, is especially important.

One of the things we love is a good, healthy breakfast.  One of the things we don't have time to do every morning...is make a good, healthy breakfast.  Mornings are crazy and hectic and if we're not careful, they have the power to start everyone off on the wrong foot.  Seriously, it can get ugly.  SO we (I say we, but I mean I) have come up with several delicious and moderately sweet things we can have ready to pour in a bowl, throw in the blender, or just grab and scarf as we're frantically preparing for the day.  Our current favorite?  Gluten free Blueberry Muffins. 


Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
original recipe found here
  Ingredients:

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch (aka tapioca flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (gluten-free)
  • 1/8 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup melted virgin coconut oil, ghee or pastured butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F
  2. Grease a regular size muffin tin or line with paper liners.
  3. Mix (or sift) the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  4. Whisk the eggs, honey, oil and vanilla in another bowl.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
  6. Gently stir the blueberries into the batter.
  7. Spoon into 12 muffin tins. (They will be fairly full)
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes until slightly golden on top.
  9. Serve warm

3 comments:

AmberandBryan said...

Seriously, I walked into Fashion Place yesterday and saw the Lulu sign. Not good, wayyy to close to home. Now if they'll just get an Athleta my life will be complete. Let's go shopping :)

Ali said...

You make me laugh!
and Yay for eating meat!

Amberly said...

what is tapioca flour isn't in my house? can I just use more almond flour or would my texture be not quite right?tedpoad 74