Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Baked Oatmeal Muffins

I think all of us love a good muffin, right? I remember in college splurging (daily) on a blueberry muffin from the coffee shop on campus --- they were just so delicious!

Now that I am a clean eater and really careful about the food that I put in my body, I am always on the lookout for a muffin recipe that isn't loaded in extra sugar and doesn't leave me feeling guilty after eating it!

I found this recipe on the Beachbody Blog and I instantly knew I had to try it. I just started 22 Minute Hard Corps and the meal plan with the program has me eating TWO yellow (carb) containers for breakfast. I had been eating steel cut oats with fruit, but then I bought non-instant ---- and this busy mom just does NOT have time to wait for stove top oats!

This recipe is great! It allows you to customize the toppings you add on top and the muffins are not dry at all. They are sweet and hearty; just like oatmeal, but without the added sugar.

I am able to make these ahead of time and have them ready to go all week --- which is even better!

I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have!

Ingredients: (makes 12 muffins)
  • Coconut Oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large bananas mashed, or 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • toppings of your choice: berries, chocolate chips, pure maple syrup, nuts, etc
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat muffin tin with coconut oil.
  2. Combine eggs, vanilla, bananas and honey in a large bowl. Mash bananas and mix well. Set aside.
  3. Combine oats, cinnamon and baking powder in a small bowl, stir well and combine with banana mixture.
  4. Stir in almond milk and mix well.
  5. Divide oatmeal evenly between prepared muffin cups and add toppings of your choice.
  6. Bake 26 to 30 minutes or until brown.
  7. ENJOY!
According to the Beachbody Blog, each muffin counts for 1/2 a yellow and 1/2 a purple --- doesn't get much better than that! :) If you add chocolate chips/nuts; be sure to factor that into your container allotment! 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

What is 22 Minute Hard Corps?

22 Minute Hard Corps is Beachbody's NEWEST program directly from fitness guru, Tony Horton!

I will be 100% honest with you --- I was not going to do this program. I LOVE to lift weights and strength train! BUT as a mom of two little ones under the age of 3, time is of the essence ;)
After Cardio and Core 1

So why did I choose to go all in on this program?

  • The workouts are all 22 minutes long. (hello no brainer!)
  • The results from the test group were PHENOMENAL!
  • There is a built in rest and recovery day (Sundays are always meant for family!)
  • I need a change of pace
  • My husband is committing to the 60 days with me!
  • The nutrition is EASY. 
Yesterday, Matt and I began our Hard Corps journey together. We meal planned and prepped and we totally rocked day one! The nutrition plan follows closely to the same logic as the 21 Day Fix, but there is one main difference. For me, it was always difficult to determine WHERE to place my containers throughout the day. In Hard Corps, Tony tells me EXACTLY what containers to have at each meal. I get to pick what goes in them, but he has told me what food groups to eat. It has truly taken the guesswork out; which is GREAT.

Here is my week one meal plan. As a nursing mama, it is really important to me to keep my milk supply up, so while I still have a few pregnancy pounds to lose, I am in the "very active" category to maintain my supply. IF I fee like my supply drops, I up my calories. Know that this meal plan can be catered for YOU! While Matt is in a totally different bracket than me, we still eat the same meals --- he just has more :) 

If you are ready to dive in and take on 22 Minute Hard Corps, I would LOVE to have you in my next accountability group! We will be kicking off on April 11th. Who is ready to #GetSome?!

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