I have a confession to make,
I have not been eating good at all. In fact I would say I’ve been down right horrid.
Perhaps it’s been the insane amounts of stress over the past months with work, Wiz Kid in Wizconsin, looking to move, needing to buy a new car…who knows.
But since this is confession I have to admit it’s probably related to something far more serious, I’m lazy. Yes I’ve fallen back into old habits of grabbing what’s quick in the kitchen and not taking time to stop work for 10 minutes to throw together a little salad. Of course then there is one more thing, my sweet tooth. It’s dreadful, absolutely dreadful I tell you. I have good intentions of eating a piece of fruit or salad but then my sweet tooth kicks in and I swear if it could talk the discussion would go something like this:
Tara: I’m hungry, I haven’t eaten all morning. I need to get up from this desk and go eat something.
ST: Good idea we’re famished. What are we having?
Tara: I have some spinach and carrots in the fridge. I could toss them up with some walnuts and vinagrette.
ST: That sounds boring. Aren’t there cookies in the pantry?
Tara: Yes but those are not a meal and not nutritional at all.
ST: What do you mean they’re not nutritional?? They have eggs, milk, flour; some of those walnuts you were thinking of, why they’re practically a full course meal.
Tara: That’s a push ST.
ST: Well and those dark chocolate chips you put in them are high in antioxidants. Can those dull carrots say that? Hmm? I don’t think so.
Tara: Yes and they’re full of calories that won’t do me a bit of good and I’m already too fluffy for my tastes.
ST: Fluffy?? You? Fluffy?? The scale says you’re a perfect weight for your height. You’re fine. You still fit into your clothes don’t you?
ST: Well then there you go. You only THINK you’re fluffy. When you start to look like the Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man THEN you’ll be fluffy and…hmmmm marshmallows sounds good. Do we have any of those?
Tara: No and they’re definitely NOT a meal. They’re barely a snack.
ST: In your opinion. Whatever…the cookies are a good compromise.
Tara: Not really.
ST: Yes but look how busy you are. Just look at all those emails you need to answer and have you noticed the client ticket lists lately….slacking Tara. Do you seriously have time to clean, cut, mix, clean up the mess, eat, clean up the mess again and then get to work?
ST: It’s just to tide you over until dinner. Besides the sugar will give you a little pep.
Tara: (sigh) FINE! But JUST for today and ONLY two.
ST: Four.. you need your nutrition.
Tara: Three and that’s all!
So that’s when I trudge into the pantry, grab three cookies and head back to my desk; all the while I swear I can hear the word “SUCKER” being whispered somewhere in my imagination.
Then of course this whole discussion starts over the next day.
Well I have found I can never win the arguement, especially when it comes to that whole part about work. It’s a low blow that ST knows will snag me every time…hook, line and sinker. So I’ve decided on a new tactic. If it’s about quick, easy and at at hand then fine, two can play that game. I’ve started making sure there are healthy options locked and loaded, ready to roll. Then when hunger strikes I can head Sweet Tooth off at the pass and have something in hand before it even knows what happened.
First up in my line of artillery; wheat muffins, with three different types of berries, a little coconut to keep ST sedated and nuts for protein: in two sizes. Large for breakfast and small for later in the afternoon or a snack after dinner.
I made a double batch and keep some in the freezer for backup.
Mr. Sweet Butter isn’t a fan of wheat…or bran, so I did use half all purpose flour and half wheat but he was purty darn smart, figured it out and although he eats them he’s requested “normal” muffins next time.
If I didn’t know he’s was crazy in love with me and had my best interests, and health, at heart I would think he was in league with Sweet Tooth.
Because he prefers cookies too.
So these are really easy to make and super versatile. Use whatever you have on hand to mix in.
Mix your flours and sugars in a bowl then add your tasties.
I used blueberries, strawberries and blackberries along with almonds and coconut.
In a separate bowl mix your liquids and combine the two bowls into one.
For full muffin tops that we DO like on our food but DO NOT like around our waist lines, fill the tins to at or just below the top.
Then bake and you’re done!
- 2 C. All-purpose flour
- ¾ C. Sugar
- 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
- 2 Tsp. Ground apple pie spice or cinnamon
- ½ Tsp. Baking soda
- ¼ Tsp. Salt
- 1 C. Blueberries
- 1 C. Strawberries, largely diced
- 1 C. Blackberries, largely diced
- ½ C. Nuts; chopped
- ½ C. Shredded coconut
- 3 Eggs
- ¾ C. Cooking oil
- 2 Tsp. Vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin tin or line normal size tins with wrappers.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
- Stir in fruit, nuts and coconut.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the eggs, cooking oil and vanilla.
- Add the liquid ingredients to the flour mixture and stir just until moistened.
- Gently spoon the batter into the muffin cups until each one is almost full.
- Bake in the 350 degree oven about 30 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. May need to cook a bit longer for larger muffins.
- Cool for 10 minutes then remove the muffins from the pan and cool on the rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Reader Roll Call: What do you prefer to grab on the go? Do you tend to cave in to Sweet Tooth or do you have more will power than me?