Thursday, November 21, 2013

My Good Mornin' Muffin! Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins






Is it wrong that I'm actually eating one of these right now while posting? Haha! These puppies are so good, and not to mention super healthy! I'm a sweet addict, and working in the corporate world, there are always donuts, brownies, bagels, muffins, cookies, everything floating around the office somewhere. I find it so hard to stay on track with my healthy lifestyle, when there is pretty much free food everywhere you turn. Not just some McDonald's were talking about here...but really good catered food! But not to worry, I've found this recipe a long time ago via Skinnytaste , and completely forgot I saved it! I find that I need something that's healthy, but something I can also grab and go because I'm on the move so much, yet still caters to my "sweet" liking. : )


Good Mornin Muffin! Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins



Serving Size: 1 Muffin ( 127 Calories)
  • 3/4 cups Quaker quick oatmeal
  • 1/2cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • Olive Oil Spray ( I used PAM)





Directions:

-Preheat oven to 400°.
-Line a muffin tin with liners and lightly spray with olive oil.
-Place oats in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds.
-Soak oats in milk for about 30 minutes.  (Oats will soak up milk, will look goey and thick when finished)
-In a medium bowl combine brown sugar, sugar, vanilla, egg whites, oil and mix until combined.
-In a third bowl combine whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and whisk to combine.
-Combine oats and milk with sugar, with egg mixture and mix well. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Fold in blueberries.
-Spoon into the muffin tin and bake for 22-24 minutes. 

Boom!

The recipe called for unsweetened applesauce, but low and behold I forgot to buy it while shopping for my ingredients at the grocery store. But I Googled substitutes, and turns out you just need to up the ante on the whatever "sweetener" your using. I wanted to still keep the recipe low cal, and healthy, so I just used more blue berries : )

Thanks Gina for this super breakfast/snack option, that's super good, but still healthy!  

 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Oh Monday...

  

Ahh..Monday...we meet again : ) Happy Monday to all you Queen Bee's out there, that are taking charge, and seizing the day! This past week I've been so bogged down with everything it seems like, today I just have to sit and reflect for a bit. I read a quote a few months ago that read, "You and Beyonce have the same number of hours in a day. Step it up." Man did that sit with me! For one, I am am a die hard fan of B, and if anything she has been one of my role models. She has a drive, and a work ethic like no other, and essentially that quote is true! Although, I don't make nearly an inch of what she does, I don't have a team of advisers, marketing strategist, nor a glam squad...but I take that quote at face value. Like the one above. I may be tired sometimes, and lazy, or whatever, but if Beyonce can make her own empire by starting her own path, and leading her own life..I, WE , can too. 

Whether its at your workplace, being a stay at home mom wanting to start her own business, or starting your own non profit organization, you can do it! You just have to do it! Be the woman you want to see, the kind of woman you want to believe in. 


Oh Monday...: )



Sunday, November 10, 2013

Fall Favorites : ♕ Apple Picking ♕


"The apple never falls too far from the tree."





Gah! It's seriously been too long since my last post! Let's just say, being busy is an understatement. With work, and volunteering, not to mention getting adjusted to this new time change, has really set me back. But! I'm super glad the holidays are approaching, and I have some great upcoming post for you all! Did I mention it's FALL?! Ah! Fall has to be one of my most favorite times of the year. Growing up as a kid, my Dad was BIG on fall traditions, like apple pie baking, pumpkin picking, burning leaves, apple cider parties, and my absolute favorite, apple picking! My dad took me to my ver first apple orchard when I was 6. I remember we drove all the way to Coloma, Michigan with my uncle, and there was this HUGE orchard, that had acres, and acres of apple trees that we could climb and pick produce from. Ever since then I've been apple picking each year during the fall, and I always have the best time! My dad recently moved to Texas, and I still live here in Chicago, so we couldn't go to Michigan, but thankfully I was still able to keep the tradition alive. My girlfriends and I found this cute little apple orchard in Indiana, County Line Orchards, and had the time of our lives! Take a look!






The tractor rides are my favorite part, (besides the freshly baked apple pies they sell in the market on the way out). The tractors picked us up and dropped us off at the different activity spots in the orchard. 



The weather was fabulous! A little chilly, but not too cold!



Isn't this the cutest place! Inside there were tons of fresh preservatives, seasonings, donuts, apple pies, cider, the whole nine! We almost had to make two trips to the car because we had so much stuff!

I know Thanksgiving is approaching, what are some of your favorite Fall traditions? I will be traveling soon for the holidays to spend time with my dad and brothers, so I'm uber excited! Stay tuned for more of my fall favorites Queens!






 

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