Thursday, March 24, 2011

Banana Bluberry Muffins


OK, so it's been a while. My energy has been up and down, mostly down. I am finally in my second trimester, and although my energy isn't quite where it "should" be just yet, I'm feeling a bit better!

Today I was feeling like I was missing something. Sometimes if I don't get enough of the healthy stuff throughout the day I tend to feel like I'm just lacking. So, I decided to make one of my own recipes, which of course meant I had to share it here!

These muffins are rather easy, and they are definitely worth it. I try to make them as healthy as possible, so whenever you can substitute whole wheat flour for unbleached flour: do it.

SUPPLIES:

- 2 Cups of Wheat Flour
- 1 1/2 tsp of Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp of Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp of Salt

- 1/2 C Oil
- 1/2 C Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 3 mashed (very ripe, if you can) bananas
--> Optional: add 1/8 C of Milk

- 1 C fresh Blueberries

DIRECTIONS:

- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Mix the flour, baking soda, powder, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
- In a smaller bowl, mash the bananas as finely as possible (I use a potato masher).
Add the oil, sugar, and eggs. Mix as thoroughly as possible. If the mix is too dry and hard to mix, add about 1/8 C of milk.
- Fold in 1 C of blueberries. You can add more if you want to!

- Use muffin liners or pre-grease the muffin pan. Fill the holes up at least 2/3rds full.
- Cook the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes. Make sure to check the center of a muffin with a tooth pick to see that they're completely cooked through. The recipe makes 12 to 18 muffins.

ENJOY! They are addictive if you're up for a healthy snack/breakfast!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Saint Patrick's Day


Today you need to wear green. Otherwise you are in for bruises that may last for some time. Oh, joy.

When I was little I used to LOVE Saint Patrick's Day. My first grade teacher, while the class was at recess, turned our classroom into a disaster area and laid down green cut-out foot prints around the room. We followed the footprints, safely behind our teacher, and it lead us to a "pot of gold," which was really a bowl full of mini Hershey bars.

As I have gotten older, however, I think I've lost the "spirit" of the holiday. It seems that no one really knows the meaning of Saint Patrick's Day. Everyone just wants to use the day to get out of their lent commitments or have a party and say, "Kiss me, I'm Irish!"

I think everyone claims to be Irish on Saint Patrick's Day.

The original color of Saint Patrick's Day was actually blue. Apparently green grew more and more popular because of the shamrock, which Saint Patrick was said to have used to explain the trinity to pagan Irishmen. So, while Saint Patrick's Day in the US may be celebrated as one big party (as it is anywhere else as well), it's really a religious holiday celebrating the great works of Saint Patrick.

OK, enough with the history lesson.

Go enjoy some traditional Irish food, remember to wear green, and maybe you can pass some history on to someone before you pinch them.