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Zombie no more

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I'm not a morning person. Never have been, never will be. Even as a baby, I could stay up all night and sleep late into the morning.

I'm a morning zombie. I wake up slowly, I'm groggy and stagger around gathering things for work. DH wants to chat, I can barely grunt a response. My shower helps, but not a lot, especially as we head into the winter months when it's dark until I arrive at school.

And my stomach wakes up even more slowly than the rest of me. No way can I eat eggs at 6 AM. Most mornings, cereal doesn't tempt me. All through high school I didn't eat breakfast (and often skipped lunch) which is about when I gained a significant amount of weight and developed a weight problem. So I KNOW breakfast is important.

Enter the muffin. A somewhat sweet, fruity, whole grain muffin. Two small homemade muffins, a thermos and travel mug filled with nonfat tea lattes, and I'm good to go. I can eat the muffins before I leave home, or on the road. I drink the tea until lunchtime. I can have this lovely breakfast for about 300-350 calories, depending on the kind of muffin I make.

I've found I can make 24 muffins, share a few with DH, and have enough for 2 work weeks. Orange cranberry with walnuts. Banana with almonds. Zucchini with raisins and nuts. All with oatmeal, whole wheat flour, applesauce - the only fat is from whole eggs (1/6 egg per muffin, I just can't justify throwing away the yolk) and the healthy fat from a sprinkle of nuts. Lots of fiber. Probably half a serving of fruit. I've solved the breakfast problem.

I'm still not talkative in the morning - I still stagger around eyes half opened. But at least I'm getting a good breakfast.
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    I am the same way. I can't eat first thing. Excellent solution.
    3113 days ago
    Thanks, Carolyn! And yes, I put a few in the fridge, and then put the rest in the fridge. I'll admit, sometimes I have two with a veggie omelette for dinner - I love the muffins too. But since I'm off at school all day, it's easier to not muffin binge.
    3114 days ago
  • CAROLINE1000
    MMmmm. Muffins. You just inspired me to bake up my own healthy batch (although I think I will have to freeze and defrost them as needed - I fear a muffin-binge!).

    Btw. Thanks for the comment on my blog, I just wanted to say that and got sucked into your blog. You seem like a fantastic example and I think I'm gonna friend you!

    I am. I know it! I'm doing it! Friend!
    3114 days ago
  • SAPNA.
    How do you manage to eat just 2? I love muffins so much I just cant resist them.
    3114 days ago
  • SHORTY20
    Mmm, healthy muffins are yummy!

    I'm not a morning person either, but, funny enough, I can eat as soon as I get out of bed. I guess that's good b/c it helps boost my energy some! God bless coffee though, I'm far from an addict, but I do like my daily cup in the morning, it's like a little treat emoticon
    3115 days ago
    Way to GO!!! Breakfast is an important meal to get you going during the day.
    3115 days ago
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