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Cranberry Orange Muffins

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Happy Christmas Eve!

One of our family traditions is to always have a big breakfast Christmas morning after all the presents are unwrapped. It’s a way to stay in our PJ’s a little longer, let the kids play with their new toys and just relax. I personally love breakfast. It’s my favorite meal and one that I look forward to every single morning.

This year, I’m planning on baking my Cranberry Orange Muffins as part of the breakfast. We’ve been loving these muffins since before Thanksgiving. I had picked up a fresh bag of cranberries from the grocery store and Miss A. declared that we HAD to make muffins with them. My kids are huge muffin fans. Scratch that – the whole family is a fan. And the combination of tartness of cranberry with a subtle hint of orange is never a bad thing.

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Cranberry Orange Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain Stonyfield Yogurt
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour of your choice (I used white whole wheat)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line muffin tin with liners or oil to prevent sticking.
  3. In large mixing bowl, combine yogurt and sugar.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla extract.
  5. In separate bowl, combine flours, baking powder and salt.
  6. Slowly add flour combination to yogurt mixture.
  7. Stir in chopped cranberries till just combined.
  8. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins.
  9. Bake 25-30 minutes or until done.

 

I always like to use organic products as much as possible especially my yogurt. Choosing certified organic is a simple way to be sure your food was produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), sewage sludge or irradiation. I definitely don’t want any of that!

I just wanted to share a great program that’s happening in January. My friend Laura (and fellow Team Stonyfield teammate) is offering a January Reset – 21 Day Challenge to help you start off the new year on the right foot. It’s designed to help you feel better, regain control of your cravings and practice eating mindfully. It includes:

  • A whole foods challenge to cleanse your body, mind and spirit
  • New, seasonal meal plans to energize and lighten you, while releasing stored toxins
  •   Learn and practice How to Eat Mindfully!
  •   Group support and tips to keep you motivated and committed
  •   Opportunities to share our challenges and work on more positive messages to ourselves

I’m actually doing it too. I feel like I need a little reset to kick off 2015 and Boston Marathon training the right way. Join me!

If you’re interested in signing up, use the code “happyfitmama” for $10 off!

Disclosure: As a Stonyfield ambassador, I am being compensated for this post. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Easy Veggie Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Can someone tell me how it is Thanksgiving in four days?

Wasn’t it just the 4th of July and we were barbequing? This whole time flying by as you get older thing has got to stop. Seriously.

Yesterday I was picking up a few things at Trader Joe’s when I noticed it was a little crazier than usual. That’s when it dawned on me.

Ah, yes! People are getting ready for the big Thanksgiving meal.

I’ve never been a huge fan of the actual turkey on Thanksgiving. For me, it’s not about the bird. It’s all about the sides. They really are the best part, right?

My perfect Thanksgiving Day meal would be all sides. That’s it. No bird. No main dish. All sides. And dessert. Always desert.

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Here’s 12 easy veggie side dishes for Thanksgiving that I’ve been dreaming about.

Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Spiced Pumpkin Cornbread

Saweet! Potato Casserole with Crunchy Nut Crumble

Butternut Squash, Cranberry and Apple Bake

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/ Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Cranberries

Kale and Sweet Potato Casserole

Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings

Roasted Purple Potato Soup

Simple Vegan Dinner Rolls

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Green Bean and Shallot Ravioli Salad

Sweet Potato-Ginger Spoon Bread

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday -Teriyaki Salmon + Brussels sprouts

Monday – Pick your egg sandwiches + avocado toast

Tuesday – Veggie Burgers + roasted sweet potato fries

Wednesday – Homemade veggie pizza

Thursday – THANKSGIVING

Friday – Leftovers

Saturday – wing it

What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

What’s for dinner this week?

Purple Power Smoothie

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Alternative name of this smoothie: Perfect Purple People Protein Packed Power Upper.

I don’t know if you guys are aware of this, but 4 year old kids have a lot of energy.

A LOT.

Picture the energy of 20 (!!) four year old kids plus a handful of other aged children, packed into a room full of bounce houses. Full on crazy, loud, exhausting energy.

That was my marvelous Sunday morning.

My kids attended a friends birthday party at an indoor play center. Of course, I can’t just sit back and let the kids have all the fun. I want in on the bounce house action. I’m all about bouncing, sliding, climbing and getting silly. It does say adult supervision is required on those things after all.

Needless to say, when the party was over. I was tired. My mind may be four but my body is not. I needed a picker upper. So I went for a walk with Cooper when we got home. The crisp, fresh air was good. I was hungry by then, but not starving. I mixed up a Purple Power Smoothie to tide me over till dinner.

I have no problem downing the daily serving recommendations of veggies. I live on veggies! My kids, particularly my daughter, are a different story. She can spot a veggie on her “do not eat” list a mile a way. I always add veggies to my smoothies, even if I intend on drinking it all by myself. Why? Because I know that 99% of the time, my kids will want some as soon as they see me drinking it.

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4.0 from 2 reviews
Purple Power Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ Cup frozen peas
  • 1 Cup frozen wild blueberries
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • ⅔ Cup plain Stonyfield Greek yogurt
  • 1 Cup 1% Stonyfield milk or milk of your choice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend till combined.

Don’t worry about tasting the peas or avocado in the smoothie. There is no taste of it at all. Trust me, if there was, my daughter would not even take a sip. But she loved it and even came up with the name for it.

This smoothie is not only bursting with fruit and veggie power but also protein power. One serving has over 26 grams of it. Now that’s a lot of power!

That’s almost equivalent of 20 four year old kids running around an indoor play center.

Almost.

Disclosure: As a Stonyfield ambassador, I am being compensated for this post. All opinions, as always, are my own.