Um, yeah. Baking is not my favorite thing to do in the summer. I’d rather be sweating it out at the gym than in the freaking kitchen. However, when you’re up at 5:30 am with one of your toddlers insisting he wants to cuddle, and his form of early morning “cuddling” is continuously kicking you in the crotch, sometimes you just need to get up and find a little something to do.
*Edit- This morning didn’t just start out with the early morning “cuddling”, but also with some lovely Kitty barf beside the bed. I’m so lucky.
So…. we’ve been baking.
We’ve also been making random new green drinks. I made a drink yesterday morning because 6 am was too early for my café americano, but I needed a little something. I came up with this weird green thing.
I don’t know where I come up with some of these things, but I had the bright idea to add a little cayenne to my green juice (I guess I thought that’s what some of the cool people do). It actually wasn’t too bad, except that I think I added a bit too much and was feeling a little heartburn shortly afterwards at the gym.
Here’s what went in the mix.
Early Morning Green Heat Juice
handful of kale
handful of spinach
1 Good Earth Green Tea Ginseng Citrus packet (brewed with 1/4 cup water)
1 CocoaVia Summer Citrus packet
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
sprinkle of cayenne powder
1 cup cold water
1 cup crushed ice
All mixed together in my vita. It was interesting. I may try the same thing again without all the greens, just the juice. We’ll see.
And heck yeah I wore them later in the day to the gym to teach my BOSU class.
Heck yeah, BOSU stands for “Both Sides Utilized”.
Choose a side, any side.
I chose not to tell everyone in my class that I had slept in the socks and was going on 17 hours of continuous wear. The less they know, the better right? It’s a good thing they probably don’t read the blog.
Other working it out for the day included a backyard boot camp in the afternoon and a quick 4 miles on the treadmill at home before dinner while watching Married to Jonas. Quality TV.
So since my iPhone is officially out of camera space and I may not be taking pictures until I delete the bazillion pictures of roasted broccoli slaw, roasted zucchini noodles and low calorie ice cream I have sitting on there, I thought I’d show you some random pictures from our day yesterday.
I know, right? Exactly what you were hoping for.
I tried to teach the boys a few things in the kitchen this morning like how we cut and store our romaine lettuce.
They got distracted pretty easily.
they Judah helped make some almond coconut ice cream cubes.
I really wish this guy could just prep this ice cream for me every day. Well, that and do my morning coffee routine instead of kicking me in the crotch while I’m trying to get a few extra minutes of sleep. How many more years until that happens?
I also made the ugliest cinnamon sugar breakfast STUFTwich ever.
Oh, but it was so good.
Later at the gym the boys insisted on going in the spin room and getting on mommy’s special bike.
Judah even told me he wanted to take a picture on the bike.
Of course he did. He was also pretending to take pictures of his green muffins earlier in the day for breakfast. Hmm…..I wonder where he got that?
Back at the home front the boys did a little kissing up to our friendly neighbor.
Their little charm worked and I got hooked up with some fresh garden habaneros.
Good work kids.
Dinner last night wasn’t anything exciting, but we did manage to sit down together which doesn’t happen that often.
The boys really like roasted zucchini noodles,
but usually have to dip them in a little light ranch dressing. They also prefer to eat salad with their hands. Go figure.
The main course for them was some homemade pizzas on Trader Joe’s flatbreads.
Dang I’m so gourmet.
I had a big mix of roasted veggies and a cheese less sandwich. It’s not as easy to take pictures when you’re trying to keep these guys focused on dinner though. Ha ha. I managed to snap just a couple.
And well….. dessert was this.
When I’m not eating Vitatops for dessert, I’m making this fat free maple cake.
Here’s my big maple donut cake type thing.
Fat Free Donut Cake
makes one cake
1/4 cup (30 grams) whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablespoons (14 grams) coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute (I use Splenda granulated for a sugar free version)
1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup nondairy milk of choice (I use unsweetened almond milk)
Mix all ingredients. Put on small baking dish sprayed with nonstick baking spray.
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
I like to use this little cute pan.
My cake turns out like this.
Sometimes I keep it upside down like this and start some “layers”. Sometimes I turn it over and try to make it look pretty.
Coconut Maple Frosting
1 tablespoon (7 grams) coconut flour (more if needed)
1/4 cup sugar or granulated sugar substitute (I use granulated Splenda for a sugar free version)
1/8 teaspoon maple extract
1 teaspoon maple syrup (regular or sugar free)
1/2 teaspoon softened light butter spread (optional)
3 tablespoons nondairy milk of choice
Or I top if with a version of low calorie peanut butter frosting with a touch of maple extract added in the mix.
Yep. That’s my favorite.
And since I’m not really planning on baking in the heat again any time soon I better give you the recipe for these new green muffins too.
Here’s a new version of Green Gobblin’ Muffins using multigrain pancake mix inspired by this Coach’s STUFT Banana Bake. I like using pancake mix for baking when I don’t have a lot of time. It makes it a little easier since you don’t really have to add a lot to the mix. If you use really ripe bananas you don’t need any additional sweetener either which is nice.
Multigrain Green Banana Muffins
makes 12 big toddler friendly muffins
1 cup egg substitute
2 cups spinach
4 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup Coach’s Oats multigrain pancake mix (or other pancake mix)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flax
1/2 cup milk of choice
1 teaspoon vanilla
cinnamon to taste (optional)
Blend egg substitute with spinach.
Pour in mixing bowl and add all other ingredients.
Pour in sprayed muffin pan and bake at 350 for 20-23 minutes.
Yep. Toddler approved.
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I’m going to try to do a few more workout videos and focus more on some fitness in the next couple of weeks. Let me know if you have any requests.
Happy Wednesday friends!