So it looks like, along with the changing temps, the first seasonal cold is sweeping through our area. Naturally, my toddler was one of the first to sign up. Poor kid.
The thing about Mason’s colds is that they tend to trigger asthma symptoms, so the first sign of a cold kicks off a bunch of extra proactive measures we have to take to keep his wheezing under control: an inhaler, every 4 hours, with two different inhaled meds (guess how much he loves having a mask plastered to his face a bazillion times a day?) and regular doses of Benadryl.
It’s a real blast for everyone.
Then there’s the newborn, who’s getting exposed to the sick toddler, and who we’ve been instructed to rush to the ER with the slightest hint of a fever. (So far so good, but there has been some sneezing and snot…)
Needless to say, things have pretty low key around here.
I also have a confession to make.
My plan to eat zero sweets before 7 PM is going less than perfectly. It’s definitely helped me ease up on my handful-of-chocolate-chips-here-and-there habit during the day, so it hasn’t been a total bust, but it hasn’t been flawless either. (It also helped that my awesome sister-in-law wrote me an email telling me to relax on the postpartum weight loss panic. I needed that!)
Really, though, I sabotaged myself. There were a bunch of rotting bananas on the counter, the fruit flies were starting to descend, and something had to be done.
So these happened:
Basically, I took this incredible recipe and packed it with some extra super-food-like powers from coconut oil (which is especially GREAT for nursing moms!) and protein powder (always a fan favorite). I also tweaked the texture a little bit with some almond flour. (You can leave it out for a more squishy, banana-y texture, which my husband LOVES.)
The result: SUPER muffins!
Here’s the recipe if you want to give them a try:
2 super ripe bananas, mashed
1 c. natural peanut butter (w/o sugar)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbs. honey
1/4 c. almond flour
1/4 c. coconut oil
1-2 scoops chocolate protein powder
Semi or dark chocolate chips (I love Trader Joe’s semis!)
Blend all ingredients but the chips, stir in the chips, and pour into a muffin tin greased with coconut oil or spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
Makes 12 large muffins.
What are you up to this weekend??
We’re looking forward to a housewarming party with friends tomorrow. Joshua will also be meeting some relatives (including his grandpa, who loaned him his middle name) for the first time.
See ya next week!