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Lemon Lime Muffins – with a WIAW post

My world is finally starting to transform into the colorful spring scenes I can’t help but immerse myself in. More and more I find myself itching to get outside. Whether I am venturing out to explore a new area of the city or just going to run a quick errand I always like to have a quick snack to take on the go.

These lemon lime muffins are my current pack and go snack and the light citrus flavor is perfect for keeping my spring spirits high.

I normally get from place to place by foot and am almost always listening to music or an audio book during the winter. In the spring, when the birds are tweeting, I often forgo the audio and listen to the birds.

lemon lime muffins

Ingredients: Instructions
•1.5 cup vanilla whey protein powder

•1/4 cup golden flax seed

•1/4 cup oat fibre
•1/4 cup peanut flour
•1/2 cup canned pumpkin
•1/2 grated zucchini
•1 cup well steeped lemongrass tea
•1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tbsp lime zest
•1/2 cup egg whites
1 tbsp coconut oil
•1 tsp baking soda
•1 tsp baking powder
•1-2 tsp stevia
•pinch of salt
•1 tsp lemon extract

1)Mix dry ingredients.

2)Add in melted coconut oil and mix lightly.

3)Add grated zucchini, egg whites, and pumpkin. Mix well.

4)Add cooled tea and remaining ingredients. Beat on high for at least 3 minutes

5)Bake 35 min in 375 deg F oven

Category Mark Comments Overall Grade
Convenience

C+

I find grating and zesting (if that isn’t a word, it should be) to be an extremely inconvenient step. Hence the below average grade.

B+

Health

A-

The nutrition per muffin~ 75 cal (3 g carbs/3 g fat/ 11 g protein). A great high protein snack to go.
Taste

A+

I’m normally not the biggest fan of fruit flavoured muffins or desserts. I prefer the nutty or chocolate type, however I find these very refreshing.
Texture

B+

When something is called a muffin you expect a certain texture, however these break that stereotype. They aren’t dense or crumbly but more light and airy.
General Comments:
Recipe Makes 12 muffins.

The green flecks are not only from the grated lime zest, but also from the grated zucchini! I really enjoyed these topped with cream cheese. There is just something about that combination.

These muffins easily made their way in to my daily eats. I haven’t participated in a WIAW post recently but I want to join in this week with how I incorporated these muffins into my meals:

what I ate wednesday meals

From Top left clockwise: Microwave cookies, red delicious apple, tuna pita with creamy mustard dip, BBQ’d bison with kabocha.

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Do you usually listen to something when you are walking? What is your favorite muffin type? What is your favorite thing to top muffins with?

P.S – Check out my entry on the Protein Pow Wizardry competition here! Be sure to check out the other entries!

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A Weekend Wouldn’t be Complete Without…

So it had been awhile since I skipped a regular post, as I have stuck to my Monday, Wednesday, Friday posting schedule like a fly sticks to sticky fly trap paper. But last Thursday night as I sat down to write my Friday post, the fly got unstuck from the trap and I decided to skip the post as I was more preoccupied with other things. Nothing outrageously exciting, but more exciting that forcing Freddy Fingers to type out a post I just didn’t have the motivation to write. Call it writers block, or food block, or picture block. I just needed a break. So break I did, but now I am ready to share with you a random compilation of thoughts about what my weekend needs to be complete:

A weekend would not be complete without a new foodie find.

Since mustard is one of my favorite dressing ingredients this new Wasabi mustard was not only delicious but a beautiful color. I love the shade of wasabi green!

Stub’s Wasabi Mustard.

A weekend would not be complete without some new foodie experiments.

Like sun-drying tomatoes…

Sun drying tomatoes

Just kidding! The fly’s would get to it, and I’m sure my method would be quite unsanitary. This just happened my accident when the cherry tomato (fresh from the garden) fell off my plate and I forgot to bring it inside. Thus it became sun dried.

A weekend would not be complete without something happening to Holly.

Like getting stung by a bee on the eye…

Holly’s Bee Sting

A weekend would not be complete without harvesting something from the garden.

It has been a great year for our cucumbers so far! The cherry tomatoes aren’t as plentiful as they were last summer, but they still have loads of green fruit on them, so I’ve just got to be patient.

This garden cucumber had a hole done the center

A weekend would not be complete without a fun info graphic find…

If you follow me on pinterest you may have noticed that I love info-graphics. Information and graphics are two of my favorite things (separately) so once they are combined it’s like magic! One I found this weekend was a tool that allows you to see which Olympic athlete best matches your body type. You can see it here. Although this may be triggering to some who struggle with comparison, I found it quite interesting and motivational to start trying to build muscle again!

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What would your weekend not be complete without?

Have you harvested anything from your garden?

Do you like mustard? If so what is your favourite flavor? (I love horseradish mustard!)

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All for the Love of Chocolate

Poor Holly managed to get a block of 100% pure unsweetened dark baking chocolate. You know what that means?

It means being rushed to the vet to induce vomiting. It was quite the medical care she received, she even had intravenous. She’s healthy and home now though. The things we do for chocolate eh?

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Do you have a pet that has ever eaten something poisonous? What would you do for chocolate? (I would totally parade around in a funky cone protector if it meant chocolate)

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I've Finally Figured Out the Reason…

As the title suggests: I’ve finally figured out the reason… the reason why after showering at the gym my hair is so…different than usual!

A few months ago I filled up a little bottle with shampoo I found in the bathroom to take to the gym with me. Turns out it’s dog shampoo!!

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Have you ever used something thinking it was something else? (ie. someone else’s toothbrush) What is your favourite brand of Shampoo? I love Root Awakenings, but mostly because I love the smell of it!

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Pause the Life Train

It must be the Christmas magic: the magic of traditions, the magic of being surrounded by family, the magic of Jesus’ birth. It is exactly that magic that, while lying in bed Christmas night after all the days excitement, convinced me it would be just great if I could pause time right now.

No more growing up, no more changes. Just pause. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the magic of Christmas doesn’t come with a magic remote to pause life, so it seems I will be staying on this fast moving train called life. Thankfully everyone else is on the same train. Thankfully the Life Train serves some refreshments.

Mint-Chocolate Spread

I haven’t used chia seeds in ages, so I figured some chia experimentation was in order. What emerged was a frozen ginger treat, somewhat inappropriate for the winter. But who said you can only have frozen treats in the summer?

Chilly Chia Treat

And now I’m off to fill my day with knitting, reading, card games, jigsaw puzzles, and maybe even some shopping

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How have you been filling your days lately? Do you eat frozen treats in the winter?

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These are a Few of my Favourite Things

So far this winter I haven’t had any “snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes”. Nor have I seen any “girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes”. How sad it is that gone are the days with “wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings”, I guess I will have to come up with a few of my own favourite things!

Reading the Newspaper Comics at breakfast instead of textbooks or notes

Pre-Exam Traditions

Yesterday was my last pre-exam “coke latte” of the semester. Incase you’re wondering it’s simple: Coke mixed with coffee. Taken before all exams.

Tuna

Cute Christmas plates

Fluffy Socca Bread: 3 tbsp chickpea flour, 1 tbsp pea fiber (or replace with an extra tbsp of chickpea flour), dash of salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, 1/4 cup of egg whites

Mix all ingredients and microwave on high or 2 minutes, flip, then microwave for another minute

Roasted Veggies

Doesn’t look very filling, but you must keep in mind the copious amounts of hummus and greek yogurt salsa dip that was included with this meal. In addition to the fruit dipped in peanut butter for dessert.

Holly

Holly was my sister’s Christmas present a few years back (hence the Christmas name). She is loving all the company she has gotten since the holidays have started

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What are a few of your favourite things? Have you gotten snow this winter (if you live somewhere that usually gets snow?)

NOTE #1: The above is by no means an accurate representation of a full day of food. In reality there was probably twice as much as that!

NOTE #2: I decided to compile some of my most imaginative pictures into a new “envisage” page. Located on the top side bar. Feeel free to check it out if you have time :) 

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Falling Into Memories

It’s getting to be that time where everywhere you step you’re crunching leaves and when you look up you see bare trees.

I don’t know what it is about the Fall, but for me it’s always a time where memories start creeping into my head. Memories of all my first days of school, memories of my pets…

and memories of past holidays (and even more pets)…

I get really excited about Christmas. The evidence lies in the fact that I was listening to Christmas music yesterday!

This year memories of beginning my undergrad are especially prevalent seeing as this will be my last fall undergrad semester. In first year I was excited in second year I was discouraged, and in third year I was chained to studying. What will it be this year? The fact that November is already half way done emphasizes the fact that I need to cherish this last fall semester!

So rather than being slightly irritated at having to wait around campus during long breaks between classes, I will savour the moment, enjoy the crunchy leaves on the ground, and dig into old time favourite snacks.

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Does fall bring back memories for you?

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Take 5

Five is a common number. It’s the first part of the times table you learn, it’s the number of fingers you have on one hand…

…and it’s the number of things I’ve been loving lately:

1. Watching movies while I’m on the treadmill

In the summer when I’m running outside the only entertainment I have is my music, but now that the weather had gotten chillier and I’ve moved my self indoors, I’ve been loving that I can watch movies at the same time as getting my heart beating.

2. Scarves

It’s one of the few ways I manage to stay warm during the cooler seasons. There is just something about having your neck covered that makes your whole body feel heated! I have quite the collection, but can always justify buying another. If it wasn’t for scarves I would not leave the house, and instead curl up on the couch with Holly.

3. Doodling

When I was growing up, I was always the sibling recruited to make homemade birthday cards for grandparents, aunts, and parents. I like to think I had some talent back then, unfortunately now I can only laugh at how my doodles end up…

Joy is my middle name by the way. I titled this doodle “A girl, a boy, and a CREEPY dog”. Fitting for the halloween season.

4. Shrimp

Lately I’ve been baking some shrimp in the oven at 450 F, and love the way they turn out! I don’t like soggy shrimp, but baking makes them nice and dry.

5. My Younger sister

Okay, so it’s not only lately I’ve been loving her…I’ve been loving her always. However, I just recently told her about my blog and I’ve been loving the closeness I’ve been having with her again lately. A flashback of the good old days with my sis…

…yup, I always loved food.

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What have you been loving lately? Do you like scarves?

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Just Me-int

We all have our own preferences right? Our own opinions, enjoyments, and pet peeves?

Take for instance one of my food preferences: I don’t like the chocolate chips in mint ice cream. I just don’t, never have and I never will. Yet I worried that if I posted my recipe for Just Me-int ice cream I would be misunderstood for trying to make the recipe healthier. But that’s not the case it’s catered to Just Me!

Just Me-int

Based of Katie’s Icecream recipe}

  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • stevia packet
  • 1/2 cup almond breeze
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract
Step 1: Mix all ingredients, pour into ice cube tray, and freeze.

Step 2: Pop out and blend in food processor, blender etc (I used magic bullet)
Step 3: Enjoy

It pains me to see others trying to mimic and imitate someone else. However isn’t that how we learn what we truly do love and hate? We see someone else doing it so we give it a try too then we can determine our own opinion. But how will our kids ever learn to form their own opinions if they look up to someone who can’t stand up for what they like? That is why I decided to come up with a few ME things. Which are all things that I can honestly say are my own opinion and not based off anyone elses

  • I don’t like raspberries…the seeds get stuck in my teeth
  • I like love math and school. I just hate the pressure of excelling
  • I would rather spend money on notebooks, pens/pencils, and books over food. (GASP)
  • I prefer running over lifting
  • I am a cat person not a dog person. Sure, I have a dog now, but only because my Dad and sister are allergic to cats. Growing up I asked my parents for a cat pretty much everyday for 5 years straight.

I still love Holly though!

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Your turn, I would love to hear some things that make you YOU! Things that you honestly enjoy from the bottom of your heart! If you made a Just-Me icecream what would the flavor be?

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