14 Day Slim Down Challenge – Day 8 (5,6,7)

Ok, I really wish we had more than 24 hours in a day. Where did the week go?! Sorry I missed a few posts, but I hope you didn’t miss out on the opportunity to get sweaty. Wednesdays are always hard for me I’m up at 4:45 and then I’m literally at the office 7-7, it’s nuts; I’m tired and I pretty much come home, cook dinner and pass out on the couch, scrubs and all.

Ive also been working closely with my mom, she’s already shed about 30lbs since I put her on a regular workout schedule, but she has bigger goals and I aim to help her conquer them. We spent Thursday night doing hot yoga, which if you haven’t tried, you should! Stretch your asana and torch some mega fat. It was fun, we plan to make it a regular part of her fitness routine. Hot yoga on a 35 degree night, feels good inside, not so good outside haha! Bundle up!!!

Even though I’ve been MIA, I made sure to get my runs in and the plyo circuit. It’s been so cold here too, so the gym and I have become BFFs. It doesn’t make for the best backdrop for photos/videos for the blog, but it’s about getting it done and holding yourself accountable to getting these workouts in.

But now it’s Saturday! Woohoo! Which means I have a tad bit more time than usual for recipes. Saturday/Sunday mornings are great for me to try my hand at some new healthy foods. Since today is still pretty crappy outside we wanted something warm, light, and filling.

In steps my standby:

Skinny Blueberry-Lemon Oat Muffins
These are delicious and pack that perfect coffee-house yummy cake flavor that I crave, while respecting the waist line. Whip these babies up for a perfect pre-gym breakfast.

The line up:
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1 3/4 cups of quick cooking oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda and baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp lemon zest
3 tbsp of vegetable oil (or a healthier version you prefer)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk OR make some from scratch using 1 tsp of lemon juice + 1 cup of milk
1 cup of blueberries

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Grease a muffin tin.

You can pulse your oatmeal using a blender in order to make the oats more fine, I don’t like to do this. I like whole oats, plus it makes the body work harder to digest, so you stay fuller longer. I know some people aren’t crazy about the texture, do what works for you.

Mix together the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and powder, and salt. Set aside.
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In another bowl mix together the brown sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla, oil, and buttermilk. Whisk!
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Now mix the sugar mixture in the with dry mixture, and fold in your blueberries.

Pour into the muffin tin and bake 18-23 mins. I only needed 15 minutes of baking time so check on them! Enjoy with a drizzle of honey, a side of Greek yogurt, and a glass of fresh squeeze orange juice. Recipe from simplenourishedliving.com
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Now, gym time. Happy Saturday!
Get sweaty
MN

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