Banana Oatmeal Anytime Muffins

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Did I mention that I love baking?? I love the smells, the measuring, and teaching my girls how to measure. Oh YA…I love eating whatever I make!

I have made these muffins twice and they are absolutely delicious. I call them anytime muffins because they are good to eat anytime. They are filling for a breakfast treat and sweet for a dessert craving. You can’t got wrong.

Today we made them during our snow day. My oldest daughter loves having them warm from the oven. She really likes the chocolate chips nice and soft.

I love this recipe also has flaxseed. Here are some benefits to benefits of Flaxseed:

*Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
*Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
*Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.
*Recent studies have suggested that flaxseed may have a protective effect against breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer.

So I’ll stop yapping…here’s the recipe!

Banana Oatmeal Anytime Muffins

2.5 Cups of Old Fashioned Oats (Ground)*
1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Honey
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
2 TBSP Flax Seed (Ground)*
1 tsp Vanilla
3 Ripe Bananas
3/4 Cup (or more 😉) Dark Chocolate Chips

*I just put the flax seeds and oats in the Nutribullet to get a fine texture.

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray tin with non-stick cooking spray or line 12 muffin tins with liners.
2. Place the oats and flax seeds in the food processor and pulse 10 seconds.
3. Add all dry ingredients in bowl and all wet ingredients in another.
4. Combine all ingredients and mix. I just used a hand mixer.
5. Divide batter among cupcake liners, and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

This recipe should make about 12 Full Muffins (I actually get close to 15).

(Flaxseed info found from WebMd)

21 Day Fix and Insanity Max 30 Meal Guide: I would count this as a YELLOW.

Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

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One of my goals for 2015 was to try to prep my morning as much as possible so I don’t feel as rushed. My evening ritual is now layout my workout clothes, set coffee maker, make lunch for hubby, and to try to have breakfast planned out. One of my make ahead breakfasts is my Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal. Not only does it make my mornings stress free, but it’s also super healthy, yummy, and filling. Oh ya, recipe was hubby and kiddos approved!

Ingredients

1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water
1/2 cup milk (I used unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk)
1 large apple, cored and chopped
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar*
*You can also replace Brown Sugar with Maple Syrup for a heathier version.
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter

Directions

**Grease your slow cooker. If you don’t, you’ll have to really scrub to get clean.

Mix all the ingredients in cooker.
Turn on LOW and cook overnight while you sleep (I set mine for 8 hours).

Easy peasy!!

How to Use Shakeology

“Sabrina…how do you use Shakeology? Is it a meal replacement? Is it a snack? When should I drink it?” I get these questions DAILY.

These were the questions I even asked my coach before I got started. So I compiled a list of how I use it. With a little research I even came up with some information as to why each possible use of Shakeology could benefit you.

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As a meal: One of the most popular ways to drink Shakeology is for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Shakeology can vary from 140-170 calories depending on the flavor. Adding ingredients like fruit, nut-butters, or milk gets you to a healthy caloric content that is satisfying and delicious (not to mention nutritious)!
Snack: Shakeology is an incredibly nutrient dense snack. Since Shakeology doesn’t have much fat, the nutrients are put to use very quickly in your body. Shakeology will give you lasting energy because it’s providing nutrients your body needs. You can either make yourself a ½ scoop serving of Shakeology or a full scoop. Sometimes I use 1/2 for a mid morning snack and the other 1/2 for a nighttime treat. It’s beneficial to eat small meals throughout the day, to help your matabolism work efficiently. Shakeology as a snack will keep your metabolism going and your cravings reduced!

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Pre-Workout Supplement: A good way to use Shakeology is as a pre-workout snack/meal. Your workout will help you get the most out of Shakeology, and Shakeology will give you the energy you need to get through your workout.
Energy Boost: Next time the 2PM slump rolls around, try Shakeology. Shakeology will give you sustained energy because it’s providing nutrients your body needs to get things done. It has a low glycemic impact, meaning it helps keep blood sugar levels stable unlike sugary energy drinks.
Late Night Sweet Cravings: Sometimes at the end of the day i crave something sweet; ok, this happens a lot! Instead of grabbing something sugary, I’ll make a chocolate Shakeology. I often eat a small dinner with my kids and have a sweet treat at night. My kids are on the “early bird special so eating dinner at 5:30 was not cutting it for me! Drinking Shakeology at night is better than binging on cookies once I became hungry by 8 PM!
Post-Workout Supplement: Here are several reasons why Shakeology is a good post-workout supplement:

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Calories: Too many of the wrong calories after a workout will greatly impair your fitness goals. At 140 to 170 calories, Shakeology fills your hunger needs with low caloriesthis requirement perfectly.
Protein: Protein is so important after a tough workout because it works to repair your muscles. Shakeology has 15 to 18 grams of protein in each serving, which great as a muscle building tool.
Replenish Electrolytes: The magnesium, sodium, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes in Shakeology will boost your electrolytes. Better than Gatorade in my opinion!

Long story short: You can’t go wrong! Find out what works best for you and your needs!

Cheers!!

How to Shake Your Shakeology

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It is so import to know HOW to make your Shakeology. If you follow the directions on the back of the bag, it will come out WAY too thick! Here’s what I do:

I use 1 cup of almond milk (I always use unsweetened almond milk). I then add water to my shake. Depending on how thick you like the shakes, will determine how much water to add. For me, I don’t like it too thick so I add 1/2 cup. My hubby likes them thiner, so he gets closer to a cup. From there’s I’ll add 8-10 ice cubes and I blend. It may take you a few tries before you find the consistency, so add the water gradually.

Here are some of my favorite recipes:

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Chocolate Covered Banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (vanilla is really yummy)
1/2 cup water
8-10 ice cubes
1/2 banana (frozen if possible)
1 scoop peanut butter (Can use pb2)
1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
*this recipe is yummy without peanut butter, too!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Vanilla Shakeo
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
8-10 ice cubes
1/2 banana (frozen if possible)
1 scoop peanut butter (Can use pb2)
1/2 cup frozen/fresh strawberies or blueberries
1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
*if you use frozen fruit reduce ice cubes

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Greenberry Berry Good
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
8-10 ice cubes
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup mango
1/2 banana
1 scoop of Greenberry Shakeology
*if you use frozen fruit reduce ice cubes

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My Big Fat Greek Strawberry
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
8-10 ice cubes
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 medium banana
1 scoop of Strawberry Shakeology

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Better than a Frap
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
Splash of vanilla extract
8-10 coffee cubes (frozen coffee 😜)
1 scoop of chocolate Shakeology (vanilla tastes good too)
*I sometimes add 1/2 banana, too
**Try flavored coffee. It’s yummy!

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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie

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This past weekend it was super rainy and dark. We decided to have a cuddly jammy day in on Sunday. No workouts, no work, and just relaxing at home with the family. My oldest daughter, G, asked me if we could bake cookies 😳. I haven’t baked in a long time. Truthfully I LOVE to bake. I’m not against baking and I think there are a lot of clean and healthy alternatives to box mixes. I know a lot of people shy away from baking from scratch because it can be messy or time consuming. But if I’m going to have some sweets, I’d rather make it the way I like and as “healthy” as possible. After inspecting my pantry and Pinterest (I actually tweaked the recipe I found) I came up with these yummy bad boys: Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (now that’s a mouth full 🍪)

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
2 large eggs
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I used even a little more than half😜)
1/2 cup Dark chocolate chips (you can use milk chocolate, but this is all I had and there are actually a lot of health benefits to dark chocolate).

*Preheat oven to 350 F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

1. Mix peanut butter and brown sugar with mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes.
2. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix in flour until blended in, then mix in oats, baking soda, and cinnamon.
3. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
4. Using an ice cream scoop, drop balls of evenly sized dough onto the prepared baking sheets (I took a cup and mashed down a bit) Leave enough room for cookies to spread slightly.
5. Bake for 10 minutes (bake times may vary a bit. I added a couple of minutes). Cool on a cooling rack.

Enjoy!!!

Hummus Chicken

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I eat a lot of chicken….I mean a lot. I’m trying to get creative, but I find myself eating grilled chicken many nights. So I started researching some easy and healthy chicken recipes that my family could enjoy. I came across another Beachbody coach’s blog and she had a yummy recipe for hummus chicken. Let me say, it was delicious as well as super easy to make!

WARNING: If you don’t like hummus, you WON’T like this recipe. 😜

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinnless chicken breast
salt and pepper
1 cup of hummus (any flavor…I used plain but plan on using a roasted pepper hummus)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp paprika
Salt and Pepper
*optional 2 lemons

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and prep one large baking dish with a little bit of olive oil (you can use cooking spray, but I try to stay away from those).

Step 1: Put chicken breast on the baking dish and spread hummus over the top of the chicken.
Optional: squeeze the juice of the lemons on top.

Step 2: Sprinkle with paprika and some salt and pepper.

Step 3: Bake for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

I roasted some sweet potatoes for a healthy carb.

Insanity Max 30 Nutrition Plan or 21 Day Fix Meal Plan:

1 Red, 1 Blue, 1 Yellow and 1 Green, 1 spoon