Monday, January 20, 2014

Meal Prep Monday - Blueberry Almond Flax Muffins and Road Trip Snacks

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As you read this I'm driving cross country to my new home in Santa Barbara, California! Because I'll be gone the whole week I'm not doing my usual meal prep, so if you need some ideas you can check out my previous meal preps here. But I did make a new muffin recipe and get a lot of great road trip snacks! 


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Since the bf and I plan to pretty much eat our way through as many Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives locations as possible during the next week, having a healthy breakfast and snacks will be key to not completely OD-ing on delicious fried things.

Breakfast

I made a lighter flax meal muffin recipe for breakfast with plenty of fruit, healthy fats and protein to start the day right during our drive.



Gluten Free Blueberry Almond Flax Muffins

Calories: 98 | Fat: 6 g | Cholest: 40 mg | Sodium: 73 mg | Carbs: 9 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 3 g | Protein: 4 g


1/2 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup mashed very ripe banana (about 1 small banana)
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 eggs
1 tbsp honey
1 cup flax meal
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 cup frozen blueberries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the sweet potato through honey together until there are very few lumps.
Stir in the flax meal, cinnamon and baking soda.
Fold in almonds and cranberries
Pour batter into muffin tins lined with paper muffin cups and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the muffins feel firm and are starting to brown around the edges.
Makes 18 one-muffin servings.


These muffins are dense, nutty, and full of great flavors and textures. And at 98 calories a piece, they're light enough to snack on but two muffins with some nut butter is enough to make a filling grab and go breakfast.

Snacks

To help get in our fruits and veggies, I picked up a bunch of produce including oranges, snap peas, carrots and oranges. I also got a mix of sweet and salty snacks, granola bars for when hunger strikes between stops, and some low-sugar juice boxes to stay hydrated.



Workouts

I'm not sure what our schedule will be like or how much I'll want to workout after driving 8 plus hours each day, but I know my body will feel a lot better if I make the effort to stay active. So here's my tentative plan:

Monday: Fitness Blender Feel Good Stretching Routine
Tuesday: 30 minute tempo run
Wednesday: Fitness Blender Calorie Blasting Low Impact Cardio Boot Camp
Thursday: Easy 3 plus mile run
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Slow 4 plus mile run
Sunday: BeFit Yoga Shape Up: Detoxifying Workout

Q: Have you ever been on a long road trip? Any tips?

21 comments:

  1. Hey Amanda!

    I'm in your SITS tribe and I'm just checking out your blog today :)

    Those muffins look AMAZING!! Buh... I'm getting hungry just looking at them haha.

    I added you to my Bloglovin feed. Looking forward to following you in the future.

    Have a great day!

    xoxo

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    1. Thanks Bridget! Stopped by and love your blog. Excited for some yoga tips!

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  2. Those look great! Have a great move! Can't wait to hear from you when you get all settled in!

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    1. Thanks! I'll definitely keep you updated!

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  3. Hi Amanda!
    I'm also in your SITS tribe! How hard was it to start planning and prepping your meals in advance? I feel like that's something I have to start doing, but I lack the motivation! I'd love your tips! :)

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    1. Yay for our tribe! Meal prepping was super easy to get into the easy way I do it. Most weeks I only prep breakfast , one protein and a bunch of sides instead of planning a lot of different full meals. And my main motivator has been not spending more than 30 min cooking any meal during the week :)

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  4. Your snacks look great! Have a safe trip!

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  5. Awesome snacks, those blueberry muffins look so yummy! You had a great workout week--I am obsessed with the fitness blender channel on youtube!! So happy you are in my tribe. Travel safely!!

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    1. Thanks Nellie! I was excited to see you were in my tribe too! Love Fitness Blender, the low impact workouts are so great for travel too.

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  6. Hey girlie! Visiting from your SITS group! Those muffins look great! Mmmmm. Looking forward to getting to know you this week. Safe travels!

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    1. Thanks Kimberly! So excited for our tribe :)

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  7. Stopping by from your SITS Tribe - and WOW! A cross-country trip sounds like such a challenge when you're trying to maintain healthy habits, but it sounds like you're taking all the right precautions! I just made blueberry muffins last week, and your recipe looks delicious as well! Enjoy the trip, and be safe!

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    1. Thanks Megan! We'll see how it goes :)

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  8. Hi Amanda, visitiing from your SITS Tribe. Hope you have a wonderful week on the road. Lucky you! Getting out of this cold weather! I'm jealous :) Thanks for the awesome recipe. On long road trips I try to stay hydrated. I know that is tough because you don't want to stop a lot. If I know when we are stopping I start drinking water about 30 mins before and it really helps. Have a safe trip!

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  9. Sounds fun!! I love that you packed healthy for the road trip...I would have used that opportunity as an excuse to fully pig out!

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    1. Don't worry, definitely been eating a lot of delicious food too :)

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  10. You are doing so much better than me on a long road trip! We drove from SC to Ohio to Pennsylvania to NY City to Canastota (upstate) NY and then back down to SC in 10 days a couple of years ago. Then from SC to NY and back just last year. Let's just say that ong road trips = unhealthy options for me. I'm so bad at planning. Great job at getting prepared! Good luck! :)

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    1. Thanks Maria! I'm definitely eating a lot of unhealthy food and treating myself too, just trying to balance it out a little :)

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