Banana Quinoa Muffins

Happy Wednesday! I am so glad I waited until after lunch to write my post. I woke up this morning cranky and unmotivated, but forced myself to get my 4 mile speed-work in at lunch and wow do I feel GREAT now! My IT band has been super tight after Saturday’s long run, so I was worried about it, but two days of rest, excessive amounts of icing and lots of foam rolling and I’m feeling almost normal. Crazy what RICE does for you.

Last night I caught myself in a little bit of a binge, but I was glad I recognized it, voiced it to some friends, and moved on. It made me wake up in a grouchy, “hungover” mood! Stupid food and the power it has over us! The rest of my day is going to include an upper body workout, running to pick up the new quest bar (!!!), shoveling, and packing my little heart out.

Anyway, I am blogging because Monday night I made these delicious muffins that I adapted from Anne over at fannetasticfood.com. Here’s my recipe below:

Quinoa Banana Muffins – Makes 24 small muffins

banana quinoa muffins

Dry Ingredients:

 

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup peanut flour (I get mine at iherb. Use my code PBR654 for $5-10 off!)
  • ½ cup protein powder (I used Plant Fusion Vanilla Bean from iherb)
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t sea salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup egg whites
  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 t vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a smaller separate bowl, mix wet ingredients.
  3. Add wet to dry and stir until combined.
  4. Spoon evenly into two greased muffin tins.
  5. Bake for 17-20 minutes. Fork test.

Note: Mine kind of burned around the edges. It didn’t affect the flavor at all, but they were super dark. Next time, I am going to bake them at 350 for a little longer and see if that helps. I’ll update this if needed.

Look how fluffy they are!

Look how fluffy they are!

Enjoy and let me know if you try them! 🙂

xo, Maren

BACK AT IT!

I’ve wanted to be a consistent blogger for the past 3 years, but I can never seem to make anything of it. Nate and I are moving AGAIN. This will be 3 cities in less than 3 years, so I’m not exactly nostalgic towards “things”. People however? This is going to be tough. I never thought I’d move back to Grand Island, but here I am. Happy. I have a great job. I love all of the people I’ve met and developed relationships with, and I honestly do not want to start over again. I know Omaha will be a great opportunity for Nate and for me, but it doesn’t make leaving these amazing people any easier. I decided I am going to write this so I can keep in touch with all of the amazing people I’ve met over the last year and a half.

This blog will consist of my daily rambles about fitness and food, as well as what I am up to in  Omaha while I’m job searching (and soul searching).

Saturday, Nate and I had plans to search for an apartment to live in, but I had to get an 8 miler in before that. Of course it snowed 2” the night before, but I knew if I didn’t go right out, I wouldn’t fit it in all weekend. I headed to my favorite place, Lake Zorinsky, and busted out 8 snowy miles in 1:13. Not bad for fresh, slick snow. After I finished, I showered quick and we were off to search. We ended up finding a really nice place in Aksarben! But I basically didn’t drink an ounce of water all day and ended up with a SUPER tight IT band on Sunday morning. I took Sunday and yesterday off from all exercise and I am feeling much better this morning.

I started today out with teaching 5:15am cycling and then subbed for Mel at 6. Nothing like coming back to teach back-to-back and burning 1000 calories before 7am! J Here’s what the rest of my workout week looks like:

Monday: unplanned rest

Tuesday: teach 2 cycling classes, CX WORX

Wednesday: 4 miles speed work, lift chest/tri’s

Thursday: teach cycling, 3 mile easy run, possibly lift back/bi’s

Friday: teach tabata

Saturday: 8 mile run SLOW

Sunday: off

I say slow because I clearly pushed it WAY too hard last week and then paid for it by having to miss my run yesterday. I am training for Rock the Parkway ½ marathon on April 12th, so I will slowly be building up my mileage. I’ll be running on Mon, Wed, Thurs, and Saturdays.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for today. I’ve got a yummy recipe I’m making tomorrow, so I’ll get it up on the blog Thursday!

Xoxo, Maren