The Muffin (Wo)man

Here is my latest and greatest muffin recipe. Boyfriend approved.

Berry Muffins

1 cup Oat Bran Cereal

1 cup Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 cup of applesauce

1/2 cup of almond milk

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup of raspberries (or berry of your choice)

1 small mashed banana

Dash of vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Once combined, add wet ingredients and mashed banana. Fold in berries.

Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

You may be sick of me and my grab and go breakfast obsessions BUT I really struggle with this. I’m not hungry before I leave the house and I’m limited at work. Also, muffins are divine and make delicious snacks (as long as they’re not the planet sized muffins that are sold at most eateries). Pair this with a yogurt or some other type of protein to keep yourself full well until lunch time.

Speaking of lunch, I will invariably be eating a Summer Crunchy Wrap from Pret A Manger. I stumbeled upon this one day when I forgot my lunch and I’ve become OBSESSED….to the point where my coworkers are beginning to comment. Oh yeah, it’s getting bad.

Quiche…hold the Lorraine

I have a big problem. I am totally addicted to healthy living magazines. I mean, you may find an US weekly or 2 in my magazine pile as well…and I must say Glamour is one the my faves… OK so really I guess I’m just a magazine junky. I use this to motivate myself to get to the gym however, by only allowing myself to read magazines while working out. It’s a great little trick. SO really it isn’t a problem, until I tell you my dark secret- I don’t subscribe to magazines. I buy them. On the stand. Like a big money wasting idiot.

It’s not an unforgivable thing to do, but when I’m struggling to get my butt to the gym and buying Self, Women’s Health, Shape AND Fitness in one month- there is a big problem. But I can’t help myself. I can’t commit to one and I won’t let myself subscribe to all of them.

What I love about these magazines is that they always contain motivating stories of people who have struggled with weight but overcame obstacles to get healthier. That keeps me on the treadmill for another mile or 2. Plus, they contain great fitness tips. Sometimes even if I wasn’t planning on doing any strength training, I’ll give an interesting move a try. Before you know it, I’m throwing  some lunges and squats in there since I’m in the weight training section anyway.

But really, my favorite part of these magazines is the meal plans and the RECIPES. I like to find inspiration in sample diet plans and see how I can pick and choose the things that might work for me. In this month’s Shape, there was a delicious recipe for Quiche Lorraine. It looked simple enough so I decided to give it a whirl. The only problem is I forgot the bacon. I think that means you drop the Lorraine. So it’s just quiche. But it’s my first quiche. And I love it dearly. I had a slice for dinner and plan to pack it for breakfast for work this week. I love multi tasking meals (not that I wouldn’t have Pumpkin Pie for breakfast AND dinner. I would probably do that with all pies).

Quiche with Feta and Spinach

(roughly adapted from Shape’s Quiche Lorraine)

Ingredients:

Whole Wheat Pie Crust

3 Large Eggs

2 Large Egg Whites

12 oz Fat Free Evaporated Milk

1 cup of Spinach

½ Diced Onion

3 oz Feta

Dash of Salt (to taste)

Add any other spices you like!

Preheat oven to 375. Whisk together eggs and egg whites. Add milk, cheese, salt, onions. Tear spinach leaves and add to mixture. Pour egg mixture into frozen pie shell.

Bake for about 45-50 minutes until the pie is puffy. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Serves 8 and comes out to about 172 calories per slice.

Bon Appetit!