Sunday, April 27, 2014

“Clean” Blueberry Bran Muffins


I like to keep a nice hearty muffin in the freezer that I can grab in the morning after nursing Carter. The past couple of weeks I have been getting these horrible headaches, so I decided I would cut out sugar and see if that was the culprit. (Its going to be a hard habit to break, I think I'm pretty addicted to sugar!) This is my take on a clean blueberry muffin. Sweetened with honey and coconut oil instead of butter. I love the subtly of the coconut mixed with the berries and bran. These muffins will provide a healthy kick start to your morning! I hope you enjoy these as much as we did! 


2 eggs
1 cup milk                                                                                                        
1/2 cup greek yogurt                                                                              
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted                                                                
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup honey
2 cups Bran Cereal                                                                                 
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Whisk together the eggs, milk, yogurt, coconut oil, salt, baking soda, vanilla extract, and honey. Stir in the bran cereal and both flours and mix well until thoroughly combined. Carefully fold in the blueberries.
Fill 24 muffin tins with batter. Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops are firm and slightly brown. 

Adapted from:The Kitchn

Thursday, July 18, 2013

What God is teaching me in my marriage




Our first year of marriage was the hardest but if you stay intentional and work at it; it continues to get better like a fine wine. Two selfish people who have their own way of doing things coming together is not a recipe for success. But if God is at the center of your relationship, you voice your expectations and communicate it will be easier! Communication... Easier said then done, right?! We have had to learn how to communicate and in a gentle and loving way. It's true that men wear blue hearing aids and glasses and women pink. I could go on forever but at the end of the day have patience with your spouse remembering they are only human and model your marriage covenant after Christ's covenant with His church (Ephesians 5).

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

We Are Having a Baby Boy!



The little boy growing inside me is about 29 1/2 weeks old! I am getting so excited to meet him. His nursery is pretty much done; other than some finishing touches we have to do. It is turning out exactly as I imagined. Today I made a packing list for the hospital. Next week we leave for our baby moon to Maui! When we get back from Maui we have a baby shower In Fresno, and then we just play the waiting game! I feel so blessed to have a baby growing inside me. It is such an honor! It's almost too good to be true. The Lord is so good! Tonight I can't sleep.. I got up to pee and slowly made my way back to bed. Stopping at each sleeping dog to hold their head in my lap, and rock them like a baby. The mom instinct is kicking in.. Full force! I imagine myself being up alone in the night rocking and feeding our baby while Chris and the two dogs snore all around me. As much as I am yearning for my baby to be here already I know that God gives us nine months to prepare for a reason. I want to be conscious to use this time wisely to date my husband, grow closer to God, and nest our home... Oh, and to get my precious sleep! Goodnight, ya'll!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Half Marathon Training: Foods to Fuel Your Workout



A good diet promotes higher energy levels.. and I'll need all the energy I can get to run 13.1 freaking miles!! High protein and fiber enables a longer lasting (slow release) energy. I am trying to be very conscious of my eating, so I can reach my goal of 13.1 miles! Don't get me wrong it's hard... brownies & pizza are my down fall, but it will be so worth it when I reach the Finish line!!
Things to incorporate in your runner's diet:
  • Whole Grains: They digest slower than simple carbs (white flour ad sugar). Provides valuable amounts of nutrients and fiber enabling a longer lasting, stable energy.
  • Starchy Vegetables: Energy enhancers
    • Don't forget your greens! I try to incorporate spinach into 3 meals a day!! It is packed full of nutrients and protein... (remember, Popeye?!)
  • Lean protein: Enhances brain function and balances blood sugar. Enhances and stabilizes energy. I try to consume 20 grams of protein 3 times a day. Eating this much of lean protein per meal (one chicken breat) fills (& fuels) me up, so I don't binge on sweets between meals.
  • Legumes: Fiber!! Fills you up and helps you digest everything better!
  • WATER: 6-10 8oz glasses a day!! This is key!!
Remember: YOUR LEGS ARE NOT GIVING OUT. YOUR HEAD IS GIVING UP. KEEP GOING.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Half Marathon Training


In August my hubby and I are running in the lululemon half marathon in Vancouver, B.C. Canada! I am so excited... it will be the weekend of my birthday and I just love Vancouver!! When we signed up a few months ago I knew I had to get my butt in gear and start training...  I ran cross country and track in high school, but it's been a while! So, I made a training schedule to enable me to slowly work my way up to 13.1 miles. I thought I would share it to help others that want to train, but don't know where to start.
Happy Training, friends! REMEMBER: IT NEVER GETS EASIER... YOU JUST GET BETTER!



Saturday, May 19, 2012

Christopher's Crepes with Blackberry Sauce


I am spoiled. This morning Chris asked me what I wanted for breakfast, and I said crepes! He was hoping I would want simple scrambled eggs, but since he is amazing he went to work! ( I convinced him it was just like making an omlette). Here's the recipe I gave him...

Christopher's Crepes

Ingredients:

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 t. salt
2 tablespoons butter melted

Process:

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs. Slowly add in the milk and water, stir to combine. Add the salt and butter, and beat until smooth.
Heat a lighty buttered omlette pan over med. high heat.
Pour the batter over the pan... tilt in a circular motion until the batter has evenly coated the pan.
Cook each crepe for about 2 minutes until the bottom is light brown. flip like a pancake and cook the other side. Serve hot.

I filled mine with Greek yogurt and topped with a blackberry sauce. Chris filled his with Nutella and banannas.





Blackberry Sauce

Ingredients:

8 oz. frozen blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
2 T. orange juice (lemon juice works too)
2 t. cornstarch

Process:

Place a small saucepan over medium high heat.
Add blackberries and sugar...simmer for 1-2 minutes, stirring often.
Add orange juice and cornstarch... simmer on low for about 2 minutes until you have a smooth consistancy.
Serve hot!





 
"Hey, where's my crepe?!"- Pookie (in his French accent.)


Spinach & Feta Hummus


 

Chris and I had a picnic last weekend, and I wanted to make us a special lunch, so I decieded to combine two of my favorite things with hummus. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did. Be warned... you might just end up eating this whole bowl of hummus in one sitting like we did!

Ingredients:

16 oz. can garbanzo beans
1/4 cup water
3-5 T. lemon juice
1 1/2 T. seasame seed
2 cloves of garlic 
1/2 t. kosher salt
2 T. olive oil
3 T. feta cheese
16 oz. fresh spinach

Proccess:

Drain and rinse beans.
Blend first 7 ingredients in food processor. 
My theory is the more garlic the better, so I usually end up adding an extra clove (or two or three; depending on how crazy I'm feelin!) 
Add the main characters to this beautiful story, spinach & feta! (This is going to depend on your personal preferance... add more or less depending on what you like).

Grab some tortilla or pita chips and ENJOY!!