A gluten-free Carrot Blueberry Walnut Muffins made with carrots, blueberries and bananas. This low calorie goodie packs a serious health punch. An easy snack you can whip up in a blender in under 5 minutes, perfect for breakfast and spring!
Happy Monday Muffins!
Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was short, busy, but a lot of fun! On Saturday, I attended SoFabU in Scottsdale. It was my first SoFabU conference. I’ve been to other blogging conferences, but never to this one. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I heard from other bloggers beforehand it was good one and I can confirm it did not disappoint! The guest speaker and culinary demonstration were the best! I learned a lot of things and met some amazing people! It’s always great to meet new people in your own city.
Because I had the conference all day Saturday, I only made it to the trail once this weekend (yesterday). That bummed me out, but made me appreciate it all the more. The park doesn’t open early enough during the week for me to get there before work so I’m still stuck in the gym during the week. Not a terrible thing, but sure makes it a bummer when the weekends are busy and I can’t get there. Next weekend I’ll be sure to get there. It’s my last one home before I head to Germany!
For me, the trails were love at first sight. Granted they already had an in because any outdoor activity appeals to me except biking. I can’t ride a real one to save my life. That’s a story for another day though. Nothing compares to getting outside and inside my head. I cannot be at peace with myself and my thoughts when I’m at the gym. I don’t know how to explain it. It’s just not the same.
Before my injury, I was not a regular hiker or trail runner. I was a roadie. As I’ve been recovering these last months, I’ve noticed things about my body and have had to adjust my fitness to accommodate them. One-> I can’t walk on a flat surface too long without my calf cramping. It’s doesn’t like repetitive hard surface motions. It’s not strong enough for it yet. Two-> my leg is 100x happier climbing or on an incline which is why many of my cardio workouts have been stairclimber and ellitpical. The elliptical has helped immensely keeping my hips limber & open. Three-> My legs and feet hate the treadmill. I never trained on the treadmill in the past so to me it seems completely unnatural to be on one and normal that my body would be adverse to it. Something about the belt and vibrations makes everything unhappy.
I believe certain events happen in life that lead you to things. My PT is a trail runner. She’s always talking about the trails and truthfully I didn’t get it. I didn’t understand how you could run down the side of a mountain or what would be so appealing about it. Then my PT connected me with a personal pilates instructor. Now that I’m stronger, I’m working with a pilates instructor on my imbalances. The first time I went to see her I drove through a park that I never even knew existed. I saw people climbing, walking and running everywhere on the mountains. I knew immediately in my heart I was meant to be there. After pilates, I went home, Google’d the park and went the very next morning. My trail serendipity.
To my amazement, my legs were completely happy on the trails. The hill climbing, the uneven ground, the soft surface, the unexpected, changing landscape and challenge of balancing on rocks and winding sections. It was perfect. It wasn’t a repetitive motion grinding my legs. The dirt was soft making it less impact too. The climbing was strengthening my legs and wasn’t that hard for me. I found the hardest part was coming down. It was then that I realized if I shortened my stride and got up on my toes, I could run down the mountain. It forced me to engage my core for stabilization and work ancillary muscle groups in my legs. It took the load off the main muscle groups used for forward motion that tend to get overused. It came so natural to me. I know this is where I’m supposed to be right now.
It’s an amazing feeling when you do something for the first time you never imagined yourself doing or even had a thought or goal in your head of doing. It was the same feeling during my first half marathon. To think had all these events not happened to me over the last 14 months, I never would’ve ended up here. My trail serendipity. Who knows if I would’ve ever discovered them or not. What’s even more crazy to think about is before my weight loss I never would’ve attempted trail running along with a thousand other things. No way. No how. Something about transforming your body transforms your mind. You’re more willing to take risks, more confident that you are capable of accomplishing something, less scared of living and more willing to try. And when you do try, you realize life’s pretty amazing when you actually stop to live it.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Prepare a muffin tin with cooking spray
- To a large bowl, add bananas, canola oil, egg whites, maple syrup & apple cider vinegar
- Using a hand mixer combine wet ingredients
- Add carrots to the batter and combine
- Then add baking soda, cinnamon, sea salt, flour & chia seeds
- Combine the batter well
- To the batter, add walnuts & blueberries & gently combine
- Add batter to prepared muffin tin filling cavities ¾ way full
- Bake 25-30 minutes until a toothpick can be inserted clean
- Cool muffins on a baking rack 5-10 minutes
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Do you believe things happen for a reason? What’s your serendipity?