It seems a lot of questions have come my way lately. Questions about what I'm doing. Why. What made me decide to blog about it. If my family is cooperating. What stuff I'm eating. What I'm using around my house. I'm addressing a few of those questions here and there on my Facebook page. You can also take a further peek around my blog for additional answers.
I'm going to answer one question on my blog today: How am I doing? I'd say pretty good.
It was January 2nd (not really a New Year's resolution, it just worked out that way) when I made up my mind that I was finally going to pursue health like never before. It's lead me to a lot of research. I've learned new things. Recollected others. Simply done some of the things I've known were right for a years. I've tried before, multiple times. But this time I'm being held accountable...by you...by this blog...by my husband...by facebook...and, well, everyone who knows that I've vowed to do this. I'm being watched (insert anxious giggle). ;)
On the 8th of January I ate a piece of Birthday cake at a little get-together. However, that's the only "junk food" I've had to eat in over 3 weeks. (P.S. It was chocolate caramel cake, folks!)
I've even coaxed my family into cooperating...sometimes. ;)
I've made buckets of homemade all natural products to replace the toxic ones I previously used.
I'm exercising 3 to 4 times a week (perhaps I could do better there, but it's better than nothing).
I'm taking time daily to nourish my soul as well!
I have more energy (even though I've been getting up earlier to either exercise or get my quiet time in each morning). I have lost a few pounds. I feel optimistic about the future.
Soooo...I'd say I'm doing pretty well. But I'm just getting started! I'm praying for strength to continue. I'm also praying that it's encouraging someone else out there to do the same. Maybe that person is YOU!
Okay, so on to the recipe I promised...
I started out with the recipe on the back of my bag of Bob's Red Mill flaxseed meal. I changed multiple ingredients (to make it much healthier).
These babies are very good and full of fiber! My whole family likes them. Just don't eat too many at one time because one of them can really get things moving, if you know what I mean! :) Also, drink plenty of water.
I've heard that the average American needs more fiber. Here's your chance.
YUMMY SPELT OAT FLAX MUFFINS with fruit
1 1/4 cups Spelt Flour (or you can use 100% whole wheat if you're not not avoiding wheat like me)
*Notes about Spelt below
1 cup Oat Flour
1/2 cup Flaxseed Meal
1 cup Organic Pure Cane Sugar (I'm betting you could sub raw honey, if you're on a sugar free diet)
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp ground Cinnamon
1 1/2 cups Carrots, shredded ( I used my little food chopper to shred the carrots and apples)
2 large Apples, peeled and shredded (or 3 small)
1/2 cup Raisins
1 cup Pecans, chopped
3/4 cup Almond milk (or raw milk or just milk if you're not avoiding most dairy like me)
2 Eggs, beaten (could use an egg replacer, if suffering from egg allergies)
1 tsp Pure Vanilla (or vanilla extract)
Mix first 8 ingredients in large mixing bowl. Stir in carrots, apples, raisins and pecans. Combine milk, beaten eggs and vanilla. Stir until ingredients are moistened. Do not over mix! Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Yields 18 muffins.
Yummy and Healthy!
*Notes About Spelt: This grain is from the wheat family. However, it is easier to digest than wheat. It has a nutty, slightly sweet flavor. It has slightly fewer calories than wheat flour and is somewhat higher in protein. In addition, because it does contain some gluten, it is an easy substitute in recipes that call for wheat flour. You can use spelt flour in place of wheat flour without compromising the texture of your baked goodies. I buy mine on Amazon.com.
Read what I wrote about Flaxseed Meal here.
We ate several of these hearty, healthy, simply scrumptious muffins, then put the rest in the freezer. A great "treat" to have on hand.
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Until next time...take another step toward better health today. Only you can decide for you!