What I Ate Wednesday  + Paleo muffins

What I Ate Wednesday + Paleo muffins

Taking yesterday off from blogging and social media was a bit refreshing.  Although I will admit I did a little blog reading and was amazed by all the outpouring of support and emotion towards those affected by the bombings in Boston.  It makes you realize how much good there really is in the world even when at times it can be overshadowed by the bad.

My mom said something that made me think about how I want to raise our children.  She said, “gosh, it just makes you think are you really safe to go anywhere these days?”  This comment is something that I’m sure many of us have thought about.  It is so unfortunate that we are living in a world where we are fearful to go to public events that are meant to be fun and happy.  As easy as it would be to stay home, not sign up for races, not fly on planes, not travel the world and teach my children about different places and different cultures.  I refuse to do it.  I refuse to shelter my children and not share with them all the beauty in the world because as hard as it is to see at times, it is out there.

Okay, now for a more uplifting topic, It is Wednesday so it’s time to talk about some eats from yesterday.

Breakfast was a yummy cinnamon apple and sweet potato breakfast scramble with strawberries and almond butter.  So good and so filling!

breakfast

I used the pumpkin pie scramble recipe but subbed in crock pot sweet potato and apples for the banana and pumpkin puree.

After breakfast we headed to the gym.  I got in a short run, then went to boot camp where the instructor put emphasis on team work and had us work in pairs, helping each other out in honor of Monday’s events.  We will sometimes go outside to run but if it’s super windy or cold I hop on the treadmill while everyone goes outdoors.  I’m such a baby with cold weather and running.  It was a chilly, windy morning but as everyone headed out for the run I decided to join them and show some support for all those affected by the bombing.  We grouped together after and did a nice congratulatory cheer which was such a positive way to end the workout.

Despite the wind and my desire to go home and curl up on the couch, we went to the farmers market and Whole Foods for a few items and some play time.  I love that our Whole Foods has a nice little play area for the kids.  After shopping I grabbed a coffee and read a magazine while The Love Nugget played 🙂

On the way home The Love Nugget and I shared an unpictured banana for a snack.  I was still pretty full from breakfast and the coffee so didn’t want much.

Lunch was a plate of avocado egg salad in endive leaves with my veggie staple of carrots, tomatoes and celery.  I seriously eat these every day and never get sick of them.  So good!

lunch 1

After playing for awhile, I got the urge to bake. So I whipped up a batch of these delicious Paleo Muffins adapted from Make It Paleo.

Chocolate Raspberry Paleo Muffins

Chocolate Raspberry Paleo Muffins

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Coconut Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Egg whites
  • 1/2 cup melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 cup raw melted honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup Grain free, dairy free mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
  • 1 cup Frozen organic raspberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line or grease mini muffin tins then set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips and raspberries.
  4. Mix ingredients well then fold in raspberries and chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop into prepared muffin tins and bake for 35-40 minutes.
http://myhealthyhappyhome.com/2013/04/17/paleomuffins/

They were really good but I wish I would have made them in mini muffin tins instead of large tins.   Almost a little too moist with the raspberries but still really good!

While I cooked up the muffins the little man enjoyed some chocolate sweet potato avocado pudding.

Chocolate Sweet Potato Avocado Pudding

Chocolate Sweet Potato Avocado Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup steamed sweet potato
  • 1-2 tbsp. Cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup, honey or 1 tsp. stevia
  • 2 tbsp. Canned Light Coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Puree all ingredients in a food processor until thick and creamy.
  2. Adjust sweeteners as desired then serve cold.
  3. Enjoy! Preferably with a spoon 🙂
http://myhealthyhappyhome.com/2013/04/17/paleomuffins/

I was washing dishes and suddenly heard him saying, “gucky (yucky) hands.”  When I looked this is what I found…

pudding

I swear I gave him a spoon!  Guess he enjoyed it 🙂

pudding2

For some reason yesterday I felt exhausted and had a headache that just wouldn’t go away.  Not sure if it was the wind or what but I was very unmotivated towards the end of the day.  I even cancelled meeting a friend for a pedicure because I was feeling so icky.  So our afternoon was pretty low key as was our dinner.  I snacked on some raw nuts and carrot sticks while sautéing some turkey bacon and cauliflower then topping it with an ugly egg.

dinner

The hubby and I shared a glass of Borjon Zinfandel and I ended the night with a delicious Raspberry Chocolate Chip Paleo Muffin.  So good!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for an About Time Whey Goodie Bag!  It ends this Friday so you’ve still got time!

QUESTIONS –

  • What are your thoughts on sheltering your family out of fear of attacks? 
  • Does the weather ever effect your mood for the worse? 
  • When you’re not in the mood to cook much for dinner, what do you go for? 

 

 

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Comments

  1. I completely agree with you on trying not to shelter our children. I also don’t want to raise my girls in a state of fear. I want them to feel share and secure, I don’t want them to be afraid of people. I want them to know there are more good people then bad in this world (I truly believe this). I teach them not to judge people by looking at them, but also we don’t talk to people we don’t know. I think this is one of the hardest parts about parenting. We want our children safe, but we also want them to be able to live freely.

    Yes, the weather definitely impacts my mood. When the sun is shining I have energy and feel much better about everything. 🙂

    When I don’t feel like cooking dinner I make breakfast!!

    Your posts about this tragedy have truly been amazing. I love reading your emotions.

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Thank you Renee! It’s so hard to put emotions into words but I feel important to get them out. I try not to watch the news or read to much about it as it makes me so sad and fearful of the world.
      Breakfast for dinner lately is a hit in our house!

  2. I love me some paleo muffins, breads etc…I think I want to buy that book that you bought 🙂 Looks like you are getting some great recipes from it!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Yes, you should! I have the link on my page 🙂 I’m thinking about getting Paleo OMG too since I love her blog and make recipes from it often. I hear it’s a really good cookbook too!

  3. If I’m not in the mood to cook dinner, I try and coerce my husband into picking up sushi for us. 🙂 From the looks of those pictures, Love Nugget really enjoyed that pudding!

  4. I completely agree. I want to shelter Keenan and keep him in a little bubble as much as possible, but I know that is not possible to live by. I want him to grow up feeling safe and secure and learn about the world around him, but it’s hard as a parent to let that happen when such horrible things happen.

    Your muffins look good! I love that you added raspberries!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Yes, it is very hard and so unfortunate that we are forced to worry so much about our children being safe. Frustrating to say the least!
      The muffins are delicious!

  5. When I’m not in the mood to cook, I often go for an omelet or a throw together salad. The muffins look delish!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Throw together salads are the best! I’ll opt for a smoothie a lot of times too. It usually hits the spot!

  6. Oh my goodness!! Look at Love Nuggets face. What a little messy boy 🙂

  7. Your muffins look yummy! I just pinned it! 🙂

  8. I still haven’t tried sweet potatoes with anything actually sweet yet…. I’m sure it’d be great, but it sort of feels wrong 🙂

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      It’s so good! Although my favorite is just baked with coconut oil and sea salt but the cinnamon ones are pretty good too!

  9. I feel like avocado and sweet potato would go so perfectly together, they are both just so creamy and delicious!

  10. “I refuse to shelter my children and not share with them all the beauty in the world because as hard as it is to see at times, it is out there.” <- Beautiful! And I couldn't agree more!

    Love the eats…I'm seriously thinking that breakfast scramble needs to happen in my kitchen soon! Now if only I could get my hands on some perfectly ripe strawberries that DON'T taste like water! Ohhhh, come on summer!! Love the pics of the Love Nugget…it sure seems he enjoyed that pudding! Lol And how about ending the night with wine and a muffin? It can't get better than THAT! 😀

  11. Thank you sooooooooooo much for sharing the muffin recipe with me today. They look fantastic and I will definitely be trying them soon. Great blog!!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      I hope you like it and thank you! Love your blog as well and will be back for some more paleo ideas!

  12. your Chocolate Raspberry Paleo Muffins look delicious.. I don’t have coconut flour on hand, I guess I should buy some! I wonder if almond flour would work??

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      I’m not sure of the measurement modifications because with coconut flour you would use so much less than almond flour. You could try using double the amount and see if that works 🙂