Weekly Challenge and a recipe, to boot!

5 Feb

Keepin’ it real, people, I don’t feel well today. I woke up with a headache, sore throat, and dripping nose (TMI?). But being the workout addict that I am, I still jumped on the treadmill at 6 a.m.. I’m regretting that now–but just a little bit. So, what do I do now? I’m sick and feeling really run down but life must go on, floors must be mopped, laundry will be folded and put away, and tonight the school science fair is calling. I know that to feel better faster I need to be hydrated.

water   Source

We’ve all been taught that water is vital and might be considered a macro-nutrient. Water not only makes up about 75% of the human body, it also plays an important role in digestion, nutrient and waste transport on a cellular level, cushions our organs, and aids in temperature regulation. Some have also been taught that drinking water will help you lose weight, soften and brighten the skin, reduce signs of aging . . . it goes on and on. Unfortunately, some of that is just myth. There is nothing magical about water that will burn fat or make you drop pounds and inches without making other changes to your lifestyle. That said, myth or not, adequate water intake is essential. And no one will argue that replacing sugary, or artificially colored, flavored or sweetened drinks with water is one of the healthiest choices one can make.

*For this week’s challenge I want you to cut out at least one sugary, calorie laden, or artificially sweetened beverage a day and replace it with water.

And then, because I don’t feel good and am craving comfort food, give this recipe for Almond-Poppy Seed Oat Muffins a try.

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  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4-1/2 cup honey (depending on how sweet you want your muffins)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp poppy seeds (I used Chia seeds, though)

Combine oats and almonds in a food processor and process until it resembles a coarse flour. Add all other ingredients and process until well combined. Divide into greased muffin tins (I use an ice cream scoop and it yields 12 muffins) and bake at 350 degrees for 16-20 minutes (ovens vary and the honey in this recipe will brown quickly, so keep your eye on these guys near the end of the baking time). What you get from these is fiber, protein, healthy fats and warm, yummy comfort food.

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