Blueberry + Banana Muffins

Growing up, my mom always cooked. I remember going out to restaurants and literally making myself think I was sick, just because it wasn’t my mother’s cooking. And honestly, when I think back, it’s not even the home-cooked dinners that I remember the most. It’s the weekend breakfasts! Every weekend, we woke up to a home-made breakfast. Whether it be pancakes, waffles, eggs and biscuits ‘n gravy or muffins. We always knew that weekends were for lazy mornings and good breakfasts with the family.

One of my all-time favorite breakfasts are muffins. When we were young, my mom would make up a big batch and we would eat them throughout the week too! We even had a mini muffin maker that would make five tiny muffins and it always cooked them to the perfect temp where they had a nice crisp breading on the outside, but a moist cake-y inside.

I try to continue this tradition, regardless of living alone, because it is something that I continue to look forward to on the weekends and it is not only my way of satisfying a craving for those yummy breakfast foods, but also a piece of home to me.

The fun thing about muffins, is that you can always mix them up! There are so many variations that you can make and I love explore with that. So instead of making my typical banana nut or banana chocolate chip muffins, I had been craving a good ole blueberry muffin.

Blueberry + Banana Muffins

  • Servings: 12 muffins
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups blueberries (I used frozen and thawed them and smashed them in the bag)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and oil a 12 set muffin tin.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  3. If using frozen blueberries – measure out two cups and place in ziplock bag in hot water to thaw. Once thawed, use hands to mash the blueberries.
  4. If using fresh blueberries – wash and drain and then smash with a fork on a plate.
  5. Mash the bananas on a plate until they are pureed consistency.
  6. Mix in a large bowl the melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, eggs, mashed bananas and vanilla extract.
  7. Mix in a medium sized bowl the flours, salt and baking powder.
  8. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  9. Fold in blueberries.
  10. Scoop muffin mix into muffin tin and bake for 35-40 minutes.

 

 

5 Reasons I Feel Happier and Healthier Being 15 Pounds Heavier

Hello friends!

I want to disclaim that this post is not what you may think. I am not saying to read this and then gain fifteen pounds to feel better. I am simply suggesting that creating a healthy relationship with food, moving your body only in ways that you enjoy and finding a love for your body- no matter the size – may result in a happier, healthier you! I want to point out unhealthy cycles that I once had to stay a certain size and weight that caused me to feel drained, stressed and uncomfortable. And I want to encourage anyone who is struggling with the same things to find a healthy place.

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Every time I see this picture, I am taken back to a dark place. At first glance, you see a young girl, holding an iguana and laughing. She looks happy. But what you don’t see is that before this picture was taken, that girl was having a panic attack in her bedroom over how she looked. Every time I see this picture, I think back to the night that my entire family was waiting for me to get dressed so that we wouldn’t be late to my family’s Christmas. I remember trying on several outfits, each one feeling like it was constricting me even more. I remember crying and screaming at my family for rushing me and continuously looking at myself in the mirror from every single angle. I remember this shirt fitting my arms a little tighter than normal and panicking that I looked fat. Every time I see this picture, I tell myself that I will NEVER go back to that place.

I remember when every thing I did was centered around what food I eat and what number was on the scale. I would restrict myself from foods that I knew weren’t “healthy” and that would make me “fat”. I would then binge on those foods later on when I felt completely drained. I remember when I would only take pictures on “good” or “skinny” days and would certainly only post pictures that I was completely comfortable with. My pictures use to look like these: Obsessing over having “lean muscle”, loving that you can see my ribs and wearing XL in kids clothing.

Now my pictures look more like this: Enjoying my workouts, genuine smiles because I’m spending time with the people I love and caring more about my future as a RD than what the scale says.

In these pictures, I don’t have everything put together. I don’t look my “best” in them all and regardless, I posted them because what you see in these pictures is true happiness and control over my life.

So, even though I am 15 pounds heavier…

1. I finally have food freedom 

I use to have a very dangerous restrict-binge cycle that created an unhealthy relationship with many foods. Now that I have a better relationship with food and my weight – I am able to enjoy the foods I use to restrict. And because I allow these foods in my diet, I do not feel the need to binge on them later.

2. I have more energy and strength 

Now that I fuel my body correctly, I don’t feel exhausted all the time. Since no food is restricted from my diet, I have a full gamut of foods to nourish my body with that provide me with the energy to push through the longest days. I remember when I would restrict and would excessively workout; I would wake up at 5 in the morning and run several miles on an empty stomach and then come home exhausted and go back to bed. Even after a nap, I remembering struggling through the day, just waiting for when I could crawl back into bed. Because I am nourishing my body and have the energy to push through workouts, I feel like I am physically more fit. It is scientifically proven that muscle weighs more than fat, so if you are eating to fuel your body and energize it for a great workout – it’s normal to weigh a little heavier but actually look more fit. This is why the number on the scale SHOULD NOT matter!

3. I feel confident in my clothes ALL the time

I have had many changes in my body over the years, but now – being 15 lbs heavier – I finally feel sexy and feel like a woman, not a girl. Even though I always wanted to be “small” or “skinny”, I always struggled with the fact that I had no curves. This is because you cannot choose where you distribute the fat. So when I was trying to lose weight or stay small, I lost weight or stayed small everywhere. I had no curves and no matter what clothes I bought, they would hang on me like a little girl trying to wear her mother’s clothes. I would have to buy very small clothes to fit me and then anytime I would fluctuate in weight, I would feel SO uncomfortable and spiral again. Now that I am at a healthy, stable weight and have a healthy relationship with food, exercise and a love for my body – I don’t have days where I feel constricted or swallowed by my clothes. Yes, buying a wardrobe in a new size was hard at first, but now I feel confident and beautiful in them.

4. I actually enjoy exercising 

I use to base my exercise routine solely on what foods I would eat. If I wanted a pint of ice cream, I would need to run at least ten miles to burn that off. Everything that I ate had a number on it and every workout that I did was subtracted from that number. Now, the foods I eat FUEL my workouts and I only move my body in ways that I enjoy. Yes, I would like to get back into running and I have somewhat, but I do not ever want to use it as a tool to be “skinny” or to burn the calories I ate earlier. If I am sore from my workout and feel I need a rest day – I take a rest day and I do not eat less that day because of it. I try to move my body everyday, however some days that looks like a yoga/stretch session, a hike or even a walk around the park.

5. I have more time for things that I enjoy

Before, I would focus so much on what I was going to eat, how many calories were in it and how I would burn those off through exercise. It was so time consuming and very unhealthy. Now that I have food freedom, allow myself to take rest days and only move my body in ways that I enjoy – I have much more time for the things that I enjoy. Such as, hiking, spending time with my pup and trying out new recipes (that are not always healthy).

This is simply an example of ways that I feel after finding a healthy lifestyle without restriction or exhaustion. I hope that you can take from this and find what works for you. I hope that if you want to workout – you do what you enjoy, if you want an ice cream cone – you indulge yourself, and if you gain a little weight – you see it as strength. You are beautiful no matter what weight the scale says. If you are nourishing your body with nutrient-dense foods and moving your body, the number on the scale should not matter.

Tips on how to match to a dietetic internship

Hey y’all! As match day inches closer, I reflect back on the stress and anxiety that comes with filling out DICAs and hoping for that match. With less than a 50% match rate, we all know the pressure. Take it from a girl who didn’t match the first time around!

With that being said, I have compiled all of the things that I did to better my resume and application and got interviews with all of my choices and ended up matching to my first choice!

Continue reading “Tips on how to match to a dietetic internship”

Clinical Rotation

Hey y’all! It’s been a bit since I finished my first clinical rotation, but I wanted to hop on here and give you guys an update on what I did! I got a lot of great responses from my last couple posts, so I will keep posting them! I think it’s nice for students to see what to expect once they get into their dietetic internship. 🙂

I have also made a lot of connections through my insta and I absolutely love it! I am actually getting coffee with another local intern who reached out today. So I encourage all of you guys to reach out if you have any questions or just want some advice on applying for an internship, what to expect, anything really!

Anyway, to get into the point of this post… my first clinical rotation! I was so anxious for this rotation because MNT has never been my strong suit. Now that I am through, I can honestly say it was not as hard as I expected and I learned SO much throughout my four weeks there. Continue reading “Clinical Rotation”