My husband and I decided to stay in on Valentine’s day because we had big dinner plans with my family at No. 9 Park on Sunday. This was our christmas gift to them, but because my sister and her boyfriend live in New York, we waited until this weekend to actually take them out so the whole family would be there. Well, my “brother in law” hurt his back and was unable to come after all, so we canceled the reservations and decided to postpone our night out until next time they are in town. Honestly, with all the recent splurging I’ve done (and our upcoming vacation… read: a lot more splurging) this wasn’t the worst thing for my diet. I actually started the day on a healthy note so once our dinner plans were canceled, I decided to count calories for the rest of the day and easily stayed on track. I really love when I “accidentally” end up eating healthy 😀
BEST MEAL OF THE DAY
I woke up yesterday with a craving for a bran muffin and a bit of an itch to bake. Perfect combo! I had a softish banana on the counter and 1.5 very ripe bananas stashed in the freezer so I decided on a banana bran muffin. Looking through some saved recipes, and then linking to other suggested recipes off those, I stumbled upon this recipe for whole grain banana strawberry muffins. And how often does that happen – I had all the ingredients on hand! Awesome! I got straight to baking and took lots of progress photos for you guys Ready?
The dry ingredients… (I used 1.5 cups of whole wheat pastry flour instead of all purpose/ww combo and next time I’ll cut down on the baking soda… on the second day I could taste it so it was probably a little too much – maybe I’d use just 1tsp?)
The wet ingredients:
Mix the two:
Add in mixins (I decided to add 2 oz of pecans as well as the strawberries – I just love the crunch of nuts in muffins!)
Scoop away (this is a half-way shot, I actually added another scoop to each cup – these were all the way full with dough)…
After 20 minutes of baking:
And finally – my breakfast (+ a large cup of coffee to go)!
Sooo delicious! I’ve never had strawberries in baked good and I think it was a fun addition. And I really love just about everything-banana, so yes, these hit the spot. My husband and my sister both had a muffin and enjoyed them as well. I also sent a few home with my sister and my dad and grandma said they liked them (although I didn’t see them eat them, so I’m not sure if they were just being polite – sometimes they’re tough critics with the healthier stuff). I really loved them, and the best part is that they’re only about 205 calories (and that’s with the pecans). They’re super healthy – no unnecessary fat or white flour. All the fats come from flax seed (only 1/8 cup for 12 muffins) and pecans (optional) and the nonfat yogurt keeps them super moist. I really love using yogurt in baked goods. Awesome! This would be great with a side of yogurt + more fruit for a heftier breakfast or on their own with a cup of tea as a mid-day snack. I’m super excited to have these around for the next couple of days. You’ll definitely be seeing them again!
Total calories for the day: 1413
Well, I haven’t worked out in 3 days! I just didn’t feel like it – not sure what happened. And honestly I even forgot about the Sexy six pack challenge so my ab slide is getting dusty again. Oops 😳 I have today off (yay, President’s Day) so I’ll be sure to hit the gym and of course will continue to eat as healthy as possible.
Do you have today off? How do you plan on spending it?