A 100 calorie, gluten-free double chocolate muffin that’s creamy, chocolatey and packed with protein. The perfect weight loss snack! Gluten Free + Low Calorie
Happy Friday Muffins! Hope you guys had a great week. If you follow me on Facebook, then you know the verdict on my ankle injury and the latest from my orthopedic visit Wednesday. I’m a mix of excitement and sadness right now. Excitement to begin building more strength, but also scared of hurting or getting hurt again. I have an excellent therapist. I know my body is very fragile and that scares the crap out of me. Last week I saw an endocrinologist and undergoing many hormone tests. About 6 months ago, my PCP discovered I have no estrogen and prolactin & testosterone are low. It will be interesting to see what the new blood tests show. I see the doc Tuesday for those results.
These last weeks of healing I’ve been very numb to my two stress fractures this last year. Receiving multiple mis-diagnoses about my ankle from October to December and not being able to connect with a doctor who’d listen to me, was such a hugely emotional experience it whipped me out. These last weeks I’ve felt numb. Coming down from the high stress of roller coaster events. Looking back, I didn’t realize how deeply depressed I felt during that time. Getting the right diagnosis was the key and the turning point for me. I’ve felt nothing but positive and relief since. Thank goodness for that radiologist who figured it out.
Last week I received my confirmation email for the Phoenix Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon which is this weekend (January 18th). None of the sadness returned when I got it. It surprised me a little. Admittedly I was disappointed that it’s been a year and I’m still not recovered from injury. I never imagined last year at this time I’d still be injured one year later. If you remember, it was exactly 5 days after last year’s Phoenix RnR’s half marathon that my foot injury happened. But somehow I’m ok with that.
It wasn’t until last Saturday that a bit of sadness overcame me. I was at the gym lifting weights when I looked up at the treadmills, saw the people on them and a few tears well in my eyes. Not because I miss the treadmill. I actually can’t stand them, but I do miss my Saturdays on the pavement. Saturday has always been my day. My one day to hit the pavement for as many hours as I want. My time to decompress. My time with the universe to take in with it has to offer and ask for what I need from it. My time to de-stress and let go of all the crap from the week. My time to reflect on life, be thankful for what I have and plan what I have left to do. As I thought about how much I missed my Saturdays, I remembered I have a choice. A choice to be happy or a choice to be sad and I choose to be happy.
Our body’s are fragile and no matter how much we try to plan or control them, they have their own way of dealing with things and their own timeline for getting better. That’s not something to take for granted. I’m absolutely certain that extreme stress at work, my weight loss and emotional stress from a past relationship freaked mine out. My body was done. It needed a timeout. For years, work made me feel nervous, anxious, pressured. That’s the reason I left my old job and I never want to feel that way again. Stress really can do terrible things to the body. I’m thankful for the time I’ve been given to think through and recognize this. It hasn’t been easy. If anything, I feel like it’s been shoved down my throat. But I’ve gotten so much from this experience that I wouldn’t take it back.
So when you go out for your Saturday workout or long run tomorrow, be grateful and remember how fragile your body is. After make these delicious muffins to nourish and treat your body. For only 100 calories, I’ll be eating at least two then I’ll be heading to the R’n’R expo to pick up my race shirt and I won’t be sad because I’ll chose to be happy. I’ll also be doing more shopping, eating and muffin baking as should you. Happy weekending! Go Packers!!!
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Double Chocolate Chip Greek Muffins
Gluten-free double chocolate muffin that's creamy, chocolatey and packed with protein. The perfect weight loss snack! Gluten Free + Low Calorie
- 2 bananas ripe
- 1 cup Greek yogurt use coconut yogurt for vegan
- 2 flax eggs 2 tbsp flax + 4 tbsp water or 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups Gluten Free Oat Flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips dairy free + more to sprinkle on top
Preheat oven to 400 F. Prepare a muffin tin with muffin liners.
Add all ingredients except chocolate chips to a food processor. Process on high until smooth.
Pour 3/4 of the way full into muffin cavities.
Bake at 400 F 15-20 minutes until a toothpick can be inserted smooth.
Cool 5 minutes in a pan, remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
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