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How To Cope with Emotional Eating

Who here likes to eat their feelings?

Y’all feel me though right?! Emotional eating. Let’s talk about it.

Emotions are SO CLOSELY related to food. From being excited about your parents letting you eat candy when you’re young, getting a special treat when you won your soccer game, your mom taking you out for ice cream when your first boyfriend broke your heart, the emotions you feel eating the Christmas cookies your grandma used to make herself, the relaxation you feel as you sip that glass of wine, the guilt (and possible hangover) you feel when you have a few too many glasses.

For most of us, food = feelings and memories. The good, the bad and the ugly, if we feel it, we’ve probably eaten something to go along with it.

How do i cope with emotional eating?

I’ve shared my journey with binging, eating disorders and cutting weight previously, so I won’t dig in to those topics here. But obviously, emotional eating ties right in with a history of eating disorders. And while I hope that you do not have a full blown eating disorder, many of us find ourselves stuck in a cycle of emotional eating OR just know that if a stressful day hits—we’re done for. So how do we: one, get out of the emotional eating cycle and two, prepare ourselves so that the next time the tough emotions come a-knockin’ (because we know they inevitably will), we aren’t waist deep in Doritos by the end of the night?

When the emotions have taken over and you’re already Eating your heart out:

Don’t be so hard on yourself.

This is one of those “easier said than done” moments. I get it. Because I have friends and family say this to me at LEAST once a week. So take it from the Queen of Unnecessarily-Hard-On-Myself Land—STOP beating yourself up! It will not make you stop eating your feelings, it will only cause more shame/guilt/desire to eat yourself into oblivion. Trust me.

When you feel the need to feed coming on but catch yourself:

Channel your emotions into something other than food.

Stressful work meeting causing you to make a beeline for the candy bowl? Take a walk (to somewhere other than the kitchen). Call a friend and TALK ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS (novel idea isn’t it?). Pet a dog, any dog will do, they all love pats. Start writing a blog about how to stop emotional eating (hi, hello, I’m Taylor and I write about what I’m going through!).

When you’re questioning the meaning of life post-Food Coma:

Ask yourself: what am/was I avoiding by eating?

When I was deep in my eating disorders, I wasn’t actually upset with my body. Yes, I 100% took my emotions OUT on my body and used food as the vehicle through which I could channel my inner turmoil and then focus all my attention on my body. Something I could fix, something I could control. You know what I was really running from though? Years of anxiety caused from traumatic experiences: my mom getting breast cancer when I was young, my parents never being together, growing up feeling different than my friends because I only had one parent, feeling like a mistake for being born. Those were some DEEP SCARS. But instead of digging into those pains, I turned to food, binging, purging, and hating myself. Because those were things I could touch, feel, taste. Emotions are not so tangible (sadly, because I’d love to know what joy ACTUALLY tastes like! I’m guessing something like birthday cake and 4th of July potluck food. Not at the same time. That’d be gross.)

When you’re feeling more self-aware, this step can be used BEFORE you start eating those feelings. Because as we know, if you’re eating emotions, something is causing you to feel that way. Maybe it isn’t something happening in the moment or maybe it is. But through practice, patience and self-compassion, you can start to slow down and ask yourself, What’s really going on here? And maybe you’ll still want to eat that pint of Ben and Jerry’s! I’m not stopping you. But I hope that you’ll also be able to really lean in to whatever is at the ROOT of your desire to eat.

Chances are, you won’t feel the need to binge anymore. You’ll feel super proud of yourself for being so in tune with your ~~feEeEeLiNgS~~.


How do you cope with emotional eating? Drop me a comment below and tell me what works for you! I’d love to hear :)

#FightingForFood: Increase Your Protein

We're at the end of the road, people! It's the final guideline. It's also the scariest for so many women 😱 Let me be clear here: protein will not make you turn into the Govenator. 

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Honestly, it'd be pretty cool if just eating more protein gave you strong, defined muscles. But alas, it's not that simple. 

So, I am an athlete; I purposefully consume a lot of protein to maintain lean muscle mass. However, there was a point in my life where it didn't make sense for me to eat over 100g of protein a day because I just didn't need that much. However, as I started doing more strength based sports and wanting to break personal records, I had to slowly increase my protein intake, over years! Now, I regularly consume 120-150g of protein and maintain a very high lean muscle mass--but that happened over a period of almost 10 YEARS (that makes me feel way too old). 

So start by eating more protein at one or two meals. You don't have to buy chicken in bulk and eat 8oz at every single meal. Protein does help you stay full for longer and it keeps your blood sugar in check, so eating a protein-rich snack when you're feeling sluggish or starting your day out with eggs instead of a granola bar may be a good place to start. 

While I recommended tracking macros for carbs, I don't make that same recommendation for protein. Why? Because it's not nearly as tricky! A piece of chicken the size of a deck of cards or roughly the size of your palm will have about 20-25g of protein. However, a handful of rice has a different number or carbs than handful of chips which is going to be different than a handful of potatoes. Get the drift? 

So keep it simple! Add in a small amount of protein to a meal that currently is a little sparse. Breakfast is a great place to start, most people are conditioned to eat a high carb breakfast--and there's nothing wrong with that if it keeps you going! But try adding in some eggs or egg whites, depending on how you tolerate fat. Low-sugar Greek yogurt, tofu, tempeh, or even a breakfast burrito with beans if you're feeling fancy! 

#FightingForFood: Play with Carbs

The fourth pillar of my Female Athlete Nutrition series is aaaallll about my favorite macro of all time: CARBS 😍

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Same, Oprah. Same. 

However, as you're trying to figure out a way of eating that works for you, it's really important that you experiment. I know that sounds scary, but no one else lives in your body but you. So no one else is qualified to tell you exactly what and how much to eat. Yes, people with proper training can give you some guidelines, tell you what has worked for others and give you the science of how your body burns calories--but at the end of the day, you have to put in the detective work. 

Carbs are a hot button issue in nutrition. People live on both ends of the spectrum, some flourishing on a low carb (ketogenic, Atkins, Paleo, *insert latest trendy name here*) and some people feel their best on a high carb (athletic performance, plant based, etc.) diet. None are better than the other--there is only what's better for you

So that being said, sometimes it's nice to just know where to start! The best decisions are based on data--so start gathering yours! If you haven't been tracking your macros and calories, sign up for a free site like MyFitnessPal and just track what and how much you're eating for about a week. That should give you a good baseline to answer some key questions: how many carbs am I currently eating? How do I feel? 

And as annoyingly simple as it is, start making changes and asking yourself those two questions. Rinse. Repeat. And figure out what number makes you feel, look and/or perform the best!

It's so so so so so so so understanding to want someone to just TELL YOU THE MAGIC NUMBER but the truth is that there is no magic number. There's your body, your metabolism, your activity level, your hormones, your stress level, your sleep and therefore, only YOUR way of eating. It takes patience and dedication, but if you start investigating what works for you now, you'll set the foundation for intuitive eating in the future!  

#FightingForFood: Add in Healthy Foods

Guideline numero dos in the female athlete nutrition series : add in the good stuff. 

Just like eating more, I think the best way to supplement your new or current workout regimen is by giving yourself MORE TO RUN ON.

So instead of starving yourself (or the opposite, eating 3 juicy, burgers and calling it a day) start to add in healthy food!

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Make one healthy habit your only nutritional focus. Maybe that's eating greens at every meal. Maybe that's adding in more fiber to your diet. You could start buying one new vegetable every week and learning new ways to cook it. Whatever you decide, don't take anything else away. ADD IN something healthy before you take away something less healthy. 

The key is to not feel like you're depriving yourself of the things you currently enjoy and start to add in NEW, healthy things that you also enjoy. 

REAL LIFE EXAMPLE: herbs. Fresh herbs are powerhouse foods. Cilantro helps rid the body of heavy metals, parsley helps balance hormones, basil fights inflammation, oregano (especially oregano oil) is a powerful anti-fungal and the list goes on and on. 

I've recently committed to adding in fresh herbs just a couple times a week. Adding them to smoothies, salad, cooked meats, with beans, whatever the situation calls for! No need to take something until adding in fresh herbs is second nature, something that I naturally do on a consistent basis. Once that's an establish part of my nutrition, I'll reevaluate my habits and see what isn't benefiting me as much as everything else. 

Keep is simple and keep it consistent, those are the keys to improving health and creating a way of eating that is both beneficial and second-nature!

#FightingForFood: Eat More

The first facet of guidelines: EAT MORE.

Pre and post workout foods for women who exercise

In my own experience as an athlete and as a former calorie-obsessor, I've found that women who exercise or are starting to exercise benefit greatly from increasing their calories in a couple places: namely, by adding in a pre and post workout meal.

These aren't your lunch and dinner--they're special workout snacks, made just for you and your newfound exercise (or existing exercise program if you're already an avid worker-out-er (pretending that's a word)).

Read carefully, I am NOT saying that you need to start eating 3000 calories a day and giving yourself the green light to destroy the fridge every night. 

What I AM saying is that if you already burn X amount of calories per day based on your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Check yours out here: Find out my BMR!

So what is your BMR? That's how many calories it requires you to BE ALIVE. Not doing things, not walking around, and definitely not exercising! Quoting BodyBuilding.com because it's perfect:

Your BMR is the number of calories your organs need to function while you perform no activity whatsoever. You can think of it as the amount of energy you’d burn if you stayed in bed all day.

Based on my height and weight, I need roughly 1600 calories just to exist. I use that as a starting off point. At no point should I be eating LESS than that if my goal is to be able to make it through the day and especially if I want to make it through my workouts! 

Next up, you can figure out how much you burn: Find out how many calories I burn! 

Again, based on this calculator, I burn roughly 2000 a day. Obviously that number is not perfect, some days I'll burn more and some days I'll burn less. 

Since my goal is to maintain my weight, I try and eat at or around 2000 calories. Now, if you're eating a whole foods, plant based, lean meats and healthy fats kind of diet, that takes a LOT of food to get to 2000 calories! 

But since we're focusing on just adding in a pre and post workout meal, here are some easy and healthy food combinations to try! If you track calories, see how you feel adding in one meal or both. The key here is to be patient and consistent and keep track of what works and what doesn't for YOUR body. 

Pre-workout

I find that I need to eat about 2 hours before I work out--any less and I'll feel sick, any longer and I'll be hungry. Your window could range from as long as three hours before to only 30 minutes. Play around with timing and see what makes you feel your best during a workout! 

My favorite pre-workout snacks:

  • Oatmeal with protein powder, flaxseeds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds
  • Banana with 1tbsp of sunbutter on a piece of Ezekiel toast
  • Small sweet potato with about 2oz of chicken or tuna 
  • A Clif Protein bar
  • Belvitas and a protein shake (NOT the healthiest option, but when I have nothing else on hand, these are an amazing energy source to have an hour before I workout)

Find the combination of carbs to protein to fat that works for you; ideally, you want this to be a more protein/carb focused meal with a little bit of fat. 

Post-workout

Now, depending on the time of day that you workout, your post-workout meal might coincide with dinner or breakfast. If that's the case, I would urge you to eat something small within 45 minutes of finishing your workout and then eat your next meal. It may take some getting used to, and maybe it just doesn't work for you, but if your goal is to have enough energy to workout, it's important to make sure you're feeding your body enough energy sources. 

Easy post-workout meals:

Keep it simple! Don't stress about eating the perfect portion of protein to carbs to fat, just eat! Eat enough to feed your body.

A couple good indicators that you're currently not eating enough:

  • You feel muscle fatigue quickly during your workouts
  • Your muscles become too fatigued to finish the workout 
  • You get faint or lightheaded during your workouts
  • You feel hungry (this sounds like common sense, but trust me, it's not)

And that's enough to get you started!

If you have questions, things that work for you, foods you like, share them in the comments! 

Female Athlete Nutrition

Lately, I've been getting a lot of questions from friends and on instagram about nutrition! I kept putting this off, not because I didn't want to write it, but because I just didn't know where to START. 

I am obsessed with nutrition, reading about it, thinking about it, trying out different foods, experimenting with when and how I eat, macros and calorie counting, intuitive eating. You name it, I've tried it. 

So, I'm going to break this up into a series called #FightingForFood! Mostly because I love alliteration :) You can follow these posts on instagram as I'll be sharing links to the blogs and some quick thoughts via instagram over the next week. 

To kick things off, here are the 5 overarching nutritional guidelines for women exercise. Either those who want to start exercising or are currently involved in moderate to heavy exercise on a regular basis. Those may sound like totally different groups, but I've found that while they're at opposite ends of the workout spectrum, women starting out have difficulty knowing where to start with nutrition and women who are already active have a tendency to plateau. In my experience, these guidelines have worked for both parties. 

So for women thinking about changing their diet or women who have plateaued and need to try something new, here are my five guidelines! 


Eat more

That is not a typo. That is an almighty command from yours truly. When it comes to weight loss, the most basic, run-of-the-mill trainer will tell you, "Just eat less and move more." That's waaaaaay too simplified an approach IMO. So many women start working out and think they also need to slash their calories in half. But now, you've increased your metabolism AND given yourself less food?! Do you see why you come home and destroy the fridge after your workouts?! Or why you've plateaued and can't seem to break through? So the key is eating just enough to be in a caloric deficit or if your goal is to maintain, eating just enough to keep your physique in homeostasis (a faAaAancy science word for stable). 

Add in Healthy Foods

Just like eating more, I think the best way to supplement your new or current workout regimen is by giving yourself MORE TO RUN ON. So instead of starving yourself (or the opposite, eating 3 juicy, burgers and calling it a day) start to add in healthy food! Make one healthy habit your only nutritional focus. Maybe that's eating greens at every meal. Maybe that's adding in more fiber to your diet. You could start buying one new vegetable every week and learning new ways to cook it. Whatever you decide, don't take anything else away. ADD IN something healthy before you take away something else. 

Phase out the junk

Nooowww we take out the bad stuff. You're eating more and healthier foods because you've been adding them into your diet. But perhaps you've still got that 3pm-candy-bowl-and-diet-coke habit (guilty as charged)? The next think to do to help you with your nutrition journey is find ways to swap out unhealthy habits for healthier ones. Keep in mind that "unhealthy" and "healthy" are defined completely by YOU. Sometimes, when I've had a stressful day, I drink a diet Dr. Pepper because it makes me feel good. I'm keeping that habit because I know it works for me. But my 3pm candy habit? I make an effort to bring healthy snacks that I can grab instead because I know that eating too much candy doesn't line up with my personal healthy goals. 

Play with Carbs

Ignore what your parents said. Play with your food. And the best kind of food: CARBS. My love for carbs runs deep and pure. I will say that I am not a ketogenic promoter. If it works for you, then heck yes! Run with it! It hasn't for me, so I cannot, with good conscience, say that it works. What has worked is eating more carbs in order to meet the needs of my workouts. Adding in healthy carbs is an easy way to start eating more. You can basically knock out the first two guidelines with this one. Oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, potatoes (yeah, I mean sweet AND regular potatoes), beans and other starchy vegetables are amazing sources of energy! Expirement with when, how much, and what kind of carbs you eat and notice how your body responds, both during your workouts and in your day to day activities. 

Increase your Protein

This is actually the last guideline listed for a reason. I am an athlete; I purposefully consume a lot of protein to maintain lean muscle mass. However, there was a point in my life where I could NOT eat the same amount of protein that I can now without looking like the Hulk (no offense to the Hulk, just not my preferred aesthetic). I had to slowly increase my protein intake, over years! So start by eating more protein at one or two meals, you don't have to buy chicken in bulk and eat 8oz at every single meal. Protein does help you stay full for longer and it keeps your blood sugar in check, so eating a protein-rich snack when you're feeling sluggish or starting your day out with eggs instead of a granola bar may be a good place to start. 


I will be writing FULL blogs about each of these topics and sharing snippets of info on each on instagram. If this is something you're interested in, be sure to follow on Instagram and if you know someone who might be interested, share it with them now! 

Product Review: Gaia Adrenal Health Supplements

As someone who deals with varying levels of anxiety on a daily basis, I was VERY interested when I heard about this magical hormone balancing "adaptogenic" herb called "Ashwagandha". 

Mind you, I fully support the use of modern medicine for depression, anxiety and the like; while I have used medication in the past, I have the personal belief that the anxiety I deal with can be healed through holistic and functional medicine. I AM NOT A DOCTOR. Okay? Do your own research, ask questions and figure out what works for you--that's all I've done. 

That being said, after extensive research and shopping around, I found that these hippie pills have WORKED for me. 

I started out just taking Ashwagandha Root from Gaia. After getting through my first month of that, I hadn't noticed massive changes but I wanted to keep going and see if it just needed more time. 

After doing more research, I found their Adrenal Health Daily Support, which has a combination of a number of adaptogenic herbs that are supposed to help balance hormones and regulate moods. In addition, I started taking Adrenal Health Nightly Restore in the evenings to get the full range of herbs. 

Now, I am in my 4th month of consistently taking both the daily and nightly support pills and I feel GREAT! 

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What do I mean by great? Let me break it down:

  • No hormonal mood swings 
  • No panic attacks
  • Better, more sound sleep
  • Steady levels of energy throughout the day

Now, I still have anxiety. These supplements are meant to support, not cure. But since in the past two months especially, I've been able to quickly recognize mood changes and though patterns and adjust accordingly. I also used to get horrible, horrible mood swings around my cycle; I have not had a single irrational breakdown since I started taking these. 

I cannot and will not guarantee that you will have the same results. However, if you too suffer from constant or even occasional anxiety, do your research!! Between your brain and your adrenals, anxiety is NOT just "in your head". It is a physiological response to stress and there are ways to improve how you respond to stress, both through mental therapies AND herbal supplementation (and modern medication if that is what works well for you and for your body). 

If you have any questions or have found something that works for you, I would LOVE to hear about it!! This is a huge area of interest for me and I'm happy to share and learn more as I continue down this path of functional, holistic healing. 

Whole-wheat, Banana, Dark Chocolate & Greek Yogurt Muffins

So...I like muffins. A LOT. And I will go out of my way to eat/make/bury myself underneath them for as long as I live!

But, I'm cutting weight. So these muffins were a way of getting rid of some quite ripe bananas and a treat for my coworkers after an extraordinarily long week. This recipe is based on Running with Spoons: Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins. She is one of my absolute FAVORITE food bloggers and has the most incredible recipes. I like to put my own variation on them but check out her site for the cooking how to's, original recipes, and healthy eating ideas! 

Ingredients yields approx. 15 muffins:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 medium ripe bananas 
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • As many dark chocolate chips as your heart desires!! I used chocolate chunks and saved a few to put 3 pieces on the top of each muffin. 
I buried myself in muffins. 

I buried myself in muffins. 

Cook it up:

  • Spray a muffin tin or liners thoroughly with oil; these suckers are dense and they WILL stick to the paper if not properly coated. 
  • Bake at 400F for approx. 20 minutes

The Verdict:

Well, I had a grand total of ZERO left after I doubled the above recipe and made about 30 muffins! These were super filling because of the whole wheat flour but also ooooh so soft because of the greek yogurt and bananas. I will definitely be making them again! 

Product Review: Vital Proteins Collagen Supplements

I was 99.9% sure that collagen was a fad diet thing; like juice cleanses and cabbage diets and all that. But, after a lot of research and a few too many hours stalking some health trendsetters on instagram and pinterest, I realized that it has the potential to be a staple! You know, like avocados and kale. 

I went with Vital Protein because the site was really well laid out and it explained the health benefits and uses of collagen as a supplement. And, as every visual shopper today, I'm a sucker for a clean logo and pretty packaging. JUDGE ME. 

PASTURE-RAISED, GRASS-FED COLLAGEN PEPTIDES, 10 OZ CANISTERS

Taste: A+++++++++++ BECAUSE YOU CAN'T TASTE IT AT ALL!!! I was blown away by that. Things that say "unflavored" very rarely are. This mixes so easily with my water, I can sip it throughout the day and not even think about it. 

COLLAGEN BEAUTY GREENS, 10 OZ CANISTER

Taste: C. This jank is not tasty. The health benefits are amazing and I'm glad that I have it as an option, but it has that weird, chalky texture. Even in a shake with pineapple, apple and avocado and blended with a high speed blender...it left much to be desired. 

Health Benefits

Hazelnut & Peanut Butter Oatmeal

I love Nutella. However, since it is not exactly a *healthy food*, I have opted for an alternative: Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter. Now, nothing will every truly compare to the creamy, crack-cocaine-ness of Nutella, this is the next best thing. 

Mix it up:

  • .5c quick oats
  • 1 tbsp Hazelnut butter
  • 1 tbsp almond/peanut butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1c almond/soy milk

Microwave those oats, mix in the nut butters, and NOM! 

Green Smoothie Bowl

 

The thing about cutting weight is that you have to eat an absurd amount of food, but it all has to be stupid healthy. I mean, yesterday, I had some popcorn and overnight I gained 2lbs in water weight. Salt, man. It'll getcha. 

Hence why this morning, I made this beauty! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 c vanilla soymilk
  • 1 c frozen, cut strawberries
  • 3 c spinach
  • 1.5 oz avocado
  • 1 tsp stevia
  • .5 c dried egg white protein
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • .5 c blueberries
  • 1 pluot 

Blend the first 6 items in a high-speed blender until it's nice and smooth, then sprinkle the last three parts on top! The thing about egg white protein is that it's a weird taste. I'll be honest. But, you can use a different protein powder, whatever suits your fancy!

The nutrition breakdown of key ingredients: 

  • Spinach: This is a no brainer. We all know it's stupid good for us, but here's the quick facts. It supports bone health and contains anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. Popeye knew what was up, eat yo' spinach. 
  • Pumpkin seeds: I am obsessed with these little guys! They are packed full of zinc, magnesium, manganese (which helps control blood sugar) and plenty of antioxidants. They're nutty and delicious and full of healthy omega-6 fatty acids, which help control diabetes and heart disease. 
  • Berries: Blueberries and strawberries are filled with vitamin C, vitamin K and antioxidants. They also contain less sugar than fruits like bananas and apples, which are a starch-based sugar. 
  • Avocado: Ah, the national fruit of basic bitches everywhere. It's delicious and boast a wide range of health benefits. However, just like anything with a nutritionally-dense make up, they need to be eaten in small portions. You can have too much of this good thing. 
  • Egg white protein: The reason I have to use this is because it has zero fat and a ridiculous amount of protein. Not only that, egg whites are full of potassium, which is essential in muscle repair and recovery. Like I said, the taste takes some getting used to, but the health benefits are tremendous. Especially if you're on a low-fat high-carb diet like myself. 

Caloric breakdown:

623 calories; 53g protein; 50g carbs, 28g sugar; 26g fat, 11g polyunsaturated, 20g monounsaturated; 2,385mg potassium; 182% DV of vitamin A; 156% DV of vitamin C; 46% DV of calcium; 41% DV of iron

So there you have it! This breakfast keeps me filled for several hours, is filled with essential vitamins and minerals, and most importantly, tastes great. Blend up and enjoy! 


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Vegan Blueberry Muffins

(Not) fun fact: I gave up dairy a while ago. I had a debilitating love affair with cheese, as do most humans who love the taste of joy, but I realized it wasn’t doing me any favors for a number of reasons, so I gave it up.

I had convinced myself that cheese was good for me, because, bacon can be good for me too, right? Sorry, King Curtis, false. 

King Curtis for lyfe. 

King Curtis for lyfe. 

Since then, I’ve gotten into dairy-free cooking. It comes with trial and error but also buckets and buckets of deliciousness.

After scouring the internet and perusing many a cookbook while sitting on the floor of 2nd & Charles, I have found my favorite muffins. EVER. I could actually eat the whole pan and may have done that the first time I made these, nbd.

Behold, the deliciousness that is muffin. 

Behold, the deliciousness that is muffin. 

Vegan Blueberry Muffins (i.e., Ambrosia)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20-25 min

Total time: 40-45 min

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups plain or vanilla soy milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce*
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 cups blueberries (I may have used even more than that, to be honest)
  • Toothpick to test cook time

*(Actual) fun fact: when a recipe usually calls for eggs, you can use oil or fruit purees to provide the consistency eggs deliver.

 

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400oF. Line 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

  2. Place oats in blender and blend ‘em up real good.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the dry stuff: blended oats, all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  4. In a small bowl, mix the wet stuff (with a fork): soy milk, applesauce, oil, and vanilla.

  5. Stir the wet stuff in with the dry stuff slowly until the flour mixture is fully moistened.

  6. Fold in the blueberries.

  7. Spoon the batter into the muffin-pan cups; the cups will be pretty full.

  8. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of muffins comes out clean; 20-25 minutes.

  9. Remove, let cool (on a wire rack if you have one, if not, in the pan).

  10. ENJOY THESE GLORIOUS BITES OF HEAVEN!

 

Nutrition:

Roughly 180 cal per muffin; 4g protein; 31g carbs; 5g total fat (0.5g saturated fat); 2g fiber; 0mg cholesterol; 254mg sodium


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