Protein Blender Muffins: Back-To-School Time Saver
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Back to School, YAY!
How were you the first week of school? For some of you, it’s been a few weeks and you probably have settled back into a routine and life is starting to take on its new normal for the next 8+ months. For us Jersey peeps we have just finished up the hours long paperwork confirming that are a child is still the same child, with the same parents, living in the same house just another grade older. After school activities have taken our chill summer nights away and we are anticipating the homework to come trickling in to add to our now more full to do list. Oh, what happened to those preschool days where you just had to make sure they had a change of clothes and snacks. My girls are now in fourth and eighth grade, and I remember from my now eighth grader. Third grade is where things start to become a little more challenging. More responsibilities are assumed, and that wonderful common core is in full swing. I am happy that I got to go through it from Kindergarten-Seventh grade, or it could be a daunting task sitting down for homework.
Prep and Plan
I’ve been here before, so I thought this summer, “How can I make things a little easier?” Prep and Plan! That is my security blanket. I am an avid planner from our meals, schedule everything is done a month in advance. So, late July early August it began. I gathered recipes for easy, healthy dinners so that I can feed my hungry brood and make Soccer and Field Hockey games and practices without sitting down at the end of the day feeling like I was just swept up in a Whirlwind. I found these Blender Muffins on Cooking Light, but I had to change up the recipe a little to meet my daughter’s needs. One daughter is lactose intolerant we have all adapted to a less dairy lifestyle in my home. The other thing is protein. My middle daughter is a self-proclaimed Vegetarian except for hot dogs and tacos. (Yep! Hot dogs…sigh and slight eye roll) I am always trying to find ways to get my only fruit and veggie child to get more Protein. After two experiments the first one didn’t turn out so well, I came up with these delicious muffins that feed everyone for a week, and I just have to make one batch. You can make them in a variety like I did or just do one flavor. I did the variety to mix it up during the week.
Convenient and Healthy
My tween & teen can grab and go in the morning, and she’s all set, and my middle can eat, and I know that she is getting everything she needs to start her day. I also made Egg Muffins which the in between child wants no parts of but my husband has found these convenient too as he is a Kindergarten teacher and is trying to remain on the clean eating plan that he has fully embraced over the summer months. My personal favorite is the Chocolate Walnut Muffins, but there are so many topping options you can do. We have Apple Chai, Chocolate Almond, Strawberry Chocolate, Strawberry Blueberry, Blueberry and next week going to give Mango and Banana a try. I hope you enjoy these fast, easy, yummy treats for your family, and if you try any new flavors, please let me know. I am always looking for ways to make meal time fun, healthy and tasty.
Add Some Fruit and Veggies in a Scoop
Nuzest has just come out with some great additions to their plant based smoothie line. Now they have Fruit and Veggies which gives these protein muffins an extra punch of power for my girls. Nuzest Just Fruits & Veg comes in three different flavors Wild Berry, Fresh Coconut, and Caco Mint. I used the Wild Berry in the protein muffins and they were delish. It’s also great for their after school needs post field hockey and soccer practice even as an easy tasty snack when they get home. I love it because it is no artificial sweeteners, a great form of plant based protein in their pea protein powder and an ingredient list of all real, junk free ingredients that I recognize. Each scoop contains 5 fruits and 5 veggies and 9 essential amino acids. My oldest daughter is lactose and casein intolerant so this is easy for her to digest. I rather they have fresh, fruits and veggies but I can find comfort in the Nuzest Just Fruit & Veg Smoothies and it also adds a great flavor to the protein muffins. Use coupon code “FaithFueled” to get 15% off your order!
What are you quick breakfast ideas?
- 2 eggs
- 2c Old Fashioned Oats
- 2 Bananas ( I prefer not ripe because it's not as sweet but you can use ripe)
- 1/2c Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 c Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 2 Tbsp Date paste or Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener
- 2 Scoops of Nuzest Vanilla Protein Powder (You can use chocolate too mm)
- 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Grease or line muffin pan
- Blend all ingredients in blender
- put 1/4 c. in each muffin tin
- Place toppings on muffin
- Bake for 15 minutes
Toppings I tried:
Apple Chai Got to http://faithfueledmoms.com/pecan-chai-date-bars/ for my chai spice recipe
Strawberry-Blueberry Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Chocolate Chip-Walnut Chocolate Chip-Almond Blueberry
Carbs 20g Protein 7g Fat 2g Cholesterol 32mg Fiber 5g
Macros: Carbs 20g Protein 7g Fat 2g