Happy Monday! Over the weekend one of the ways I like to meal prep is by making a big batch of muffins that I can keep in the fridge or freezer for easy breakfasts and lunch box additions all week long! I find that everyone is always happy when freshly baked muffins are available and even better if they are somewhat healthy too! I happened to find myself with some really ripe bananas last week and knew they were meant to become banana muffins! I wanted to take them up a notch by adding some dark chocolate chunks to make them extra special and delicious! My healthier chocolate chunk banana muffins are just the special treat that your weeks needs and the good news is they are super simple to make too!
Bye Bye January and hello February! Anyone else feel the same way? I always feel like January is a slow motion month where I can’t seem to find my rhythm after the holidays. It’s basically there so we can adjust to normal life again and then in February we get to really start our new year. Or maybe I’m alone in this and I need to get my act together sooner next year…either way I am welcoming February with open arms! I am finally over my shingles (yeah I had shingles last week if you missed it) and I feel like I am all about eating things that makes me feel good and that nourish my body as I am healing! I have been loving adding this Spicy Kimchi Avocado Toast into my morning or afternoon because it’s not only delicious, but packed with serious nutrition too!
Yesterday was one of those days in motherhood where you question your sanity. Maybe you find yourself hiding in a closet for ten minutes so you can have a moment to breathe alone, or maybe you raised your voice and have a bit of mom guilt because of it. Maybe you aren’t a mom, but you had one of those days too where you just couldn’t wait for bedtime so you could wake up to a fresh new day. Either way, I feel you. Whenever I have a day like this, baking is something that brings me happiness in the midst of whatever chaos is going on. There is something so therapeutic about measuring and whisking and then smelling warm sweet goodness enveloping your home like a great big hug. I find that when I involve my son in the baking it instantly changes his mood too, it’s the ultimate distraction with the end result being so delicious. (Win-Win) My whole wheat zucchini tahini bread is our new favorite treat to make whether or not we are having a rough day and you are going to love it too!
Happy Friday friends! Has this been a long week for you? Because it definitely has been for me! Between Parks still waking up in his big boy bed during the night, the hubby working late a few nights this week, and my own work, I have been counting the days until the weekend and a lazy Saturday morning! To me there is nothing better than a weekend morning where you don’t have to rush out the door and can make a special breakfast that can be enjoyed by the whole family! My chocolate chip pancakes with a blood orange chia syrup are going to make your weekend just a little bit sweeter!
For the first two weeks of January I was having a hard time getting out of holiday mode and back on track with regular everyday life. I talked to so many people who felt the same way this year and finally this week I started feeling like myself again in all aspects of my regular routine. I got back to eating real food, moving my body daily, and most importantly I got my work mojo back! One of the ways I like to stay on track is by starting my day off with a healthy and filling breakfast that gives me energy to power through the day! Oatmeal is a great way to start you day and you can add just about anything you want into a bowl and make it work! My golden milk overnight steel cut oats are a great way to ensure you have a nutritious breakfast any day of the week!
At this time of year when the holidays are in full swing, it usually means more guests in your house, which means more mouths to feed, which can sometimes be overwhelming! I am all about making it easier on myself when my house is full with meal ideas that don’t take a long time and are super easy! I am also all about the new trend of serving food on a platter or board family style so that the feeling stays super casual and guests can serve themselves whenever they are ready! My easy tomato galette breakfast platter is a great way to serve up breakfast to your friends and family this holiday season!