Hi everyone! Wana know how my morning went? See if you can guess from this picture…
Plus, see the caution tape in the background? Well, there are a whole bunch of huge trees on the ground back there (the green leaves directly to the right of the brick building aren’t just a big bush- that’s a fallen tree), and I think there are a lot of important power-related things in that area. I am also worried that the sign says “Line down,” not “Power down,” making me think that it still might be quite a while before any electricity starts showing up in my home 🙁
So basically, we had another sleepless evening in my apartment last night tossing and turning in the heat. Plus the fridge is starting to smell and even though I was avoiding cleaning it out until the power came back on, I think I need to suck it up and do it today. Also, at one point last night Jack started breathing really hard (so loudly that it woke me up) and then I was so worried that he was overheated. We had given him a bath in the cold water earlier in the evening, but it had been hours since we did that and I was really worried he was too hot. So even though it was the middle of the night, Fabio, Jack, and I went out to sit in the car and enjoy the AC.
Luckily a lot of my coworkers got their power back sometime yesterday, so I am really hoping mine will come on soon. Please cross your fingers for me!
Because it’s been so hot without AC, my workouts have been suffering this week. I was able to run with Jack yesterday morning, but after seeing him pant extremely hard for about 15 minutes afterword, I decided to skip his run today and walk instead. Similarly, instead of running to the dog park, we walked (two miles there and back). Also without the DVD player I can’t do my regular Insanity DVDs. I try to tell myself that at least we are moving, but to be honest I am frustrated and just want my regular exercise routine back. Tonight I’m going to do some strength and core exercises so at least that will be something. I may also go for a run without Jack, but then I feel guilty leaving him cooped up in the hot apartment. We will see!
However, I did do one exciting workout-related thing today… I signed up for Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp which will run from July 23 – September 16 (Yay!).
Thankfully I did a little baking last week so I have a great recipe to share with you guys today, despite the power outage! Yay for planning ahead! This recipe came about when I saw these two mushy brown bananas sitting in my fruit basket. I realized no one was going to eat them and it was time to use them for a baking project! Yay!
I looked through my refrigerator and realized I also had some fat free plain yogurt (I thought it was Greek yogurt at the store but it was really regular. That’s why it was so much cheaper! Duh!). I have been trying to use up this yogurt as quickly as possible so I can go back and get the Greek yogurt I intended to buy, and I thought a nice banana muffin recipe would help 🙂
After Googling a few recipes, I came across this light peanut butter banana muffin recipe from A Full Measure of Happiness. It looked like a great recipe (and blog!) so I happily tried it out.
First I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. Then I mashed the two ripe bananas in a bowl using a fork. Next I added peanut butter, honey, fat free plain yogurt, and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, I mixed together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Then I slowly added the dry ingredients to the wet and mixed everything up until it was just combined.
Next I spooned out the muffin mixture into the cups until they were about 3/4 full. Then I sprinkled the tops with a tiny bit more cinnamon and popped them into the oven. I cooked them for about 15 minutes, or until the tops were set and slightly brown.
I let them cool before removing them from the pan and enjoying one with an ice cold glass of skim milk.
These muffins are the perfect balance between peanut butter and bananas; neither flavor overwhelms the other. Plus they have a good amount of protein from the peanut butter and kept me full a long time. They also have only a little sugar and no oils or eggs. So far I’ve had one every morning since the power went out and I’m not sick of them yet! They are such an easy grab-and-go snack!
- 2 ripe bananas
- ⅓ cup honey
- ⅓ cup peanut butter (reduced fat or natural)
- ⅔ cup fat-free plain yogurt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1¾ cup all-purpose flour (could use wheat flour but I didn't have any)
- Cinnamon sugar for topping (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mash bananas in a large bowl with a fork.
- Add in peanut butter, honey, yogurt, and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and sugar. Whisk or sift until well-incorporated.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to wet, mixing until just combined.
- Place liners in a muffin sheet and lightly spray with nonstick pray.
- Spoon muffin mixture into pan until ¾ full.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until tops are set and light brown.
These muffins were great! Please let me know if you try them!
Now tell me, what’s your grab-and-go breakfast of choice? I like English muffins topped with nut butter and bananas. Yum!