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The Most Delicious High Protein Zucchini Muffins

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Protein packed, no added sugar, and vegan optional zucchini muffins are a treat to have with a cup of coffee or to freeze for a raining day. Or if you're like me, you make a large batch to freeze so when the thick of summer hits, the oven doesn't have to be turned on.

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What does carrot cake, beet brownies, and zucchini muffins all have in common? Hidden veggies! And they are delicious to say the least. But just because these baked goods have a little hidden nutritious element doesn't make them a guilt free treat. There's still plenty of sugar and they usually lack protein.

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Now, you can have your cake and eat it too. I mean, now you can enjoy one, two, or three of these no-sugar added high protein zucchini muffins without hesitation.

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While the dark chocolate chips are completely optional, and allows you to purchase both dairy-free or vegan brands, they are 100% necessary in my household. Dark chocolate is good for you anyways, right?! I truly believe it has it's own portion of the food pyramid.

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Zucchini is such a summer staple and you can find it all over ever farmers market. Or if you're lucky, you'll be growing some big boys in your backyard. With all the fruits of you labor, you can make several batches of these muffins and freeze them for a raining day. Or just when it's too hot to turn on the oven.

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Eat these no-sugar added high protein zucchini muffins for breakfast to keep you fueled for hours, eat them after a workout to help your muscles recover, or just eat them for dessert. There's no wrong time of day to eat these muffins since they are naturally sweetened with extra ripe bananas.
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No Added Sugar High Protein Zucchini Muffins

Recipe by a traveling Wife
Yield: 12 muffins

  • 1 very ripe Banana (I use a frozen banana that I thawed)
  • 1 cup Zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Kodiak Power Cake Mix
  • *optional: 1 scoop Protein Powder
  • 1 cup Oatmeal, blended
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • *optional: 1/4 cup Nuts, chopped
  • *optional: 1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray muffin tins
  2. Mix all wet ingredients together, including the zucchini, with a spoon, electric mixer or stand mixer
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl
  4. Combine dry ingredients slowly into the wet ingredients
  5. Stir in optional items such as nuts and chocolate
  6. Equally portion out batter into a 12 count muffin tray
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown
  8. Cool on cooling tray until you can't wait any longer

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Do you prefer zucchini muffins or zucchini bread?

DIY Face Mask - Cinnamon, Honey, Lemon

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A simple three-ingredient face mask made out of ingredients you can find in you kitchen can help clear acne, slow down aging and brighten the skin.

Every once in a while I enjoy pampering myself. But since LadyBug has joined our family, I'm happy if I can catch a solo trip to the bathroom! That doesn't stop me from making a three-ingredient face mask out of kitchen staples.

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After I had LadyBug I got some gnarly acne on my face and back. Now that I am four months postpartum, I'm still dealing with the acne and I blame the huge swing of hormones that happen during and after pregnancy.
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There's tons of products on the market specific for those with acne but they usually contains loads of ingredients. I'm still unsure what I can use topically that is safe while nursing. So I stick to my trusty cinnamon, honey and lemon face mask because it always does the trip to heal and soothe my skin. 

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Here are how the ingredients work:

Cinnamon - can help rid skin of acne, temporarily fills in fine lines and is a gentle exfoliant

Lemon - can help even out hyper-pigmentation by brightening skin, antibacterial properties (no more blackheads), can help decrease or eliminate oily skin and is a good cleanser

Honey - naturally antibacterial (no more acne), can slow down aging with antioxidants, unclogs pores and moisturizes skin

How To Use: Mix roughly 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, quarter juiced lemon, and 1 teaspoon honey. Apply the mixture to a clean face with a cotton ball. Allow to sit on the face for at least 5 minutes.
(You may feel a tingly or burning sensation. Both of those are a result of the lemon juice and cinnamon.) Use warm water to gently massage face then rinse clean.

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How do you deal with acne?
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