Pumpkin Apple Muffins

mufI guess you could call these Apple Pumpkin muffins. I can’t decide if they are more apple…or pumpkin. Either way, they are pretty tasty and full of good for you stuff! They even got rave reviews over at my local MaxMuscle!

I added a little MaxPro Elite Pumpkin Spice protein.  Not too much as I was worried they would be dry and no body likes a dry muffin—MOIST is what we want 😀  But I did want to give them a bit of a protein boost.

Let me know if you try them (or any variation–you could leave the protein out if you want) and be sure to #consistentfitnesslife on Instagram<<that’s me come give me a follow!

Makes 12

40g Oat Flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

24g coconut flour (I use Let’s Do Organic)

110g Truvia baking blend (Truvia)

21g Organic chia seeds (Chia seeds)

6 tbsp. Muscle Egg Pumpkin Spice liquid egg whites (you could use regular)

212g pure pumpkin (I use good ole Libby’s–not pie filling)

1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk (any milk would work)

1 medium apple, chopped

1 serving MaxPro Elite Pumpkin Spice protein

Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately then combine and bake!  Mine made 12 and I baked for about 18min. @375.

Macros: 88calories, 1g fat, 15g carbs, 2g fiber and 5g protein

P.S. I was supposed to remember to include measurements other than grams for those of you who don’t use grams or don’t weigh (it is the most accurate way but not everyone tracks macros or has a food scale).  I forgot–I’m sorry–next time!

 

Thinking Out Loud (#ToL)

Extra.jpgWell happy fall ya’ll. I guess it’s about time although this does not make me happy AT ALL. I finally had to use some heat. I like it hot and would be just as happy to move farther South. I know I am in the minority.

I do, however, love all the fall stuff. As you already know, pumpkin, but now I’m ready for apple! I have tried (unsuccessfully) to make some yummy, but healthy, pumpkin stuff and so far I’m the only one eating it LOL. I guess I’m a little rusty…or I need to soften my “healthy” standards a tad. Thing is I’m reverse dieting. Do you know that is? Torture. That’s what it is! After 13 weeks of dieting and then deciding that the stars were DEFINITELY not aligning, and I made the decision not to compete this year.  I have now entered the reverse diet phase. Thing is I tend to blow it and I’m trying hard not to this time. I’m doing ok. But honestly, I always do ok in the beginning…since I’m saying out loud to all of you, I’M GOING TO DO IT RIGHT THIS YEAR! Who’s with me? I need someone to help me fight off that holiday cookie monster!

I’m currently struggling with whether or not to renew my personal trainer license. Honestly, I haven’t used it in years. I keep thinking I will. It’s not cheap and I picked the most boring continuing education EVER. UGG
This is hindering my ability to start a new book…and it’s book reading time of year! I just know if I do I’ll never get back to my studies.

I can’t tell you how happy I was to see Extra Mint Chocolate Chip gum! I bought them all! I used to have every flavor they came out with and then they just stopped…this is my absolute favorite!!! *happy dance*

So I heard Arby’s is coming out with a venison sandwich. Don’t ask me why I know these things. But damn I love venison! Think it will be worth it?

Hoping to make it to the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival this weekend.  Weather is supposed to be beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeautiful!  And there’s food ha!

Ok gotta run so now I want to hear your Thursday thoughts and hope over and give Amanda a visit at Running with Spoons and a big thank you for the link up!

What I Ate Wednesday

Today I am participating in my first What I Ate Wednesday–#WIAW thanks to Peas & Crayons.  Thank you so much!  I’m putting together a combination of what I am eating today, new stuff I’ve tried, recipes I’ve made, etc.

I mentioned the Almond Dream Pumpkin Spice and I finally got a chance to try it–I put it in my coffee—YUM!  I love everything pumpkin but pumpkin coffee, for some reason, is not my thing.  I bought pumpkin coffee for home…I guess I forgot that I didn’t care for it last year sooooo I’m mixing it with my regular.  My son is into Starbucks frappuccinos and he tried the pumpkin.  He wasn’t crazy about so I finished it 😀  But honestly…meh.  However, this stuff in my coffee was good!  I’m going to find some other way to use it this weekend.

More pumpkin–the RXBAR.  It was a typical date/nuts & stuff but still VERY tasty!

I also mentioned my love and awesome find while out of town–kabocha!  So I have a LOT of kabocha.  We’ve had kabocha, kabocha and more kabocha 😀  Kabocha pancakes, kabocha muffins and kabocha brownies LOL.  And I still have more to use!  So the brownie recipe calls for sweet potato and I’ve always wanted to make them–super simple recipe so I used the kabocha instead, peanut butter and cocoa.  Well…they taste AMAZING!  But nothing like a brownie.  I’m not complaining  😉

So muffins is what was for breakfast!

muff

Lunch is turkey.  I think I’ve mentioned before but Zaycon is the best.  For years I’ve ordered the chicken–40lbs–takes some work because I have to go home and portion and bag to freeze, but I love it.  I’ve also done salmon, beef, steaks, shrimp and my last purchase was turkey breast.  Meal prep could not be easier.  Comes in a bag.  Put it in a pan (frozen! no thinking involved LOL), into the oven, set timer for 2.5 hours.  Take out, cut bag and I have several meals for the week.  I love it!  Just click above and see if they come to your area–I promise you won’t be disappointed!

turk

Dinner will probably be leftovers.  I made these stuffed peppers at my son’s request.  Super easy to make them healthy–used my Lifetime cheese I mentioned in my previous post!

pepp

I tried a few other new things…the replacement for Coke Zero:

CocaCola

It’s ok.  I’m a diet coke fan anyway so no loss for me.

These Celsius drinks I keep hearing about:Celsius

This was ok.  I think I’ll forever be a Monster fan.  I just can’t help it!

And saving the best for last, the Oreos!

Oreo

I had one.  Such self control! HA!  Definitely 10/10.  I’m a fan of cookie butter period.

So share with me!  What did you eat today?  Any good finds?  Recipes?

LJ

What I Ate Wednesday

Today I am participating in my first What I Ate Wednesday–#WIAW thanks to Peas & Crayons.  Thank you so much!  I’m putting together a combination of what I am eating today, new stuff I’ve tried, recipes I’ve made, etc.

I mentioned the Almond Dream Pumpkin Spice and I finally got a chance to try it–I put it in my coffee—YUM!  I love everything pumpkin but pumpkin coffee, for some reason, is not my thing.  I bought pumpkin coffee for home…I guess I forgot that I didn’t care for it last year sooooo I’m mixing it with my regular.  My son is into Starbucks frappuccinos and he tried the pumpkin.  He wasn’t crazy about so I finished it 😀  But honestly…meh.  However, this stuff in my coffee was good!  I’m going to find some other way to use it this weekend.

More pumpkin–the RXBAR.  It was a typical date/nuts & stuff but still VERY tasty!

I also mentioned my love and awesome find while out of town–kabocha!  So I have a LOT of kabocha.  We’ve had kabocha, kabocha and more kabocha 😀  Kabocha pancakes, kabocha muffins and kabocha brownies LOL.  And I still have more to use!  So the brownie recipe calls for sweet potato and I’ve always wanted to make them–super simple recipe so I used the kabocha instead, peanut butter and cocoa.  Well…they taste AMAZING!  But nothing like a brownie.  I’m not complaining  😉

So muffins is what was for breakfast!

muff

Lunch is turkey.  I think I’ve mentioned before but Zaycon is the best.  For years I’ve ordered the chicken–40lbs–takes some work because I have to go home and portion and bag to freeze, but I love it.  I’ve also done salmon, beef, steaks, shrimp and my last purchase was turkey breast.  Meal prep could not be easier.  Comes in a bag.  Put it in a pan (frozen! no thinking involved LOL), into the oven, set timer for 2.5 hours.  Take out, cut bag and I have several meals for the week.  I love it!  Just click above and see if they come to your area–I promise you won’t be disappointed!

turk

Dinner will probably be leftovers.  I made these stuffed peppers at my son’s request.  Super easy to make them healthy–used my Lifetime cheese I mentioned in my previous post!

pepp

I tried a few other new things…the replacement for Coke Zero:

CocaCola

It’s ok.  I’m a diet coke fan anyway so no loss for me.

These Celsius drinks I keep hearing about:Celsius

This was ok.  I think I’ll forever be a Monster fan.  I just can’t help it!

And saving the best for last, the Oreos!

Oreo

I had one.  Such self control! HA!  Definitely 10/10.  I’m a fan of cookie butter period.

So share with me!  What did you eat today?  Any good finds?  Recipes?

LJ

Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud

Kolby.pngGuys.  It’s realllllly hard to write when you’ve had a craptastic week.  Like it started Saturday and I’m STILL waiting for it to end!  OK, to be fair, today hasn’t been bad.  I really wanted to write a Happy Monday but it was far from happy.

Anyhoo……..moving on.  Cuz who likes a whiner?  Definitely not me.  Not even going to touch on the negatives.  Why?  They are in the past!

THANKFUL…So, let’s start with what I’m thankful for.  My son.  He may be a PITA (pain in the a** for those of you aren’t in the know 😉 but he’s been a huge help to me this week.  Gosh I can only hope I’m raising him to be a compassionate, kind, honest and grateful young man.

DIETING…don’t laugh–sometimes the monotony of being in prep for my show in November keeps me focused–or I should say as focused as I can be when your life did a 180 like–overnight and you MAY or may not have a touch of ADD!  I am not 10 weeks out and yes, I’m still scared to share photos ha!

IRMA…we haven’t even begun to get over the devastation in Texas and now Irma.  I pray Texas, Florida and probably me too (NC).  :\

STITCH FIX…I have a few friends who love this and I really want to try.  They keep sending me e-mails and one of these days I’m going to have a weak moment and just do it!  I have zero fashion sense and I haven’t bought new work clothes in …years?  Gym clothes, of course but I even had to put myself on restriction from that!

ZAYCON…ever heard of them?  Basically, meat in bulk–at a great price.  I’ve been ordering from them for years.  I’ve tried beef, turkey breast, chicken, salmon, shrimp, steak–check and see if they come to your area: https://zayconfresh.com/refer/zf201517

PUMPKIN…I’m one of those people who is thrilled about pumpkin season!  Bring on the basic b**** pumpkin everything LOL.  I’ve already got two recipes up and more to come!  PUMPKIN…and more pumpkin…Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

And to end my #thinkingoutloud with a #throwbackthursday…a few weeks ago in the Great Smoky Mountains when all I was worried about was making the most of my time with the ones I love and hoping I had enough coffee in the morning 🙂

SmMtn

So… let me know what’s on your mind–think out loud–it’s ok, we all talk to ourselves and remember, be true to your work, your word, and your friends…you can’t photoshop life!

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