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Find Your Motivation, Resolve To Change, Stick With It!

Hola all! Jenn here.

Well it has been a while since I talked about trying to quit soda and eating more organic/all natural or what I like to call “eating what God made”.

I had some good days, and I have had some bad days…..I have a lot of excuses I could tell you, but it’s mainly just that it’s hard and I struggle.

Eating better is not that hard for me. I have come to realize I feel a lot better when I lay off the high fructose corn syrup, MSG, partially hydrogenated oils, and all the artificial stuff. It isn’t that hard to say no to sweets anymore, it used to be! Of course no one has offered me a cookie cake, peach cobbler, or pumpkin pie…..seriously I could eat those all by myself 😉

I just struggle so much with letting go of soda. Which I realize is silly….talk about being full of artificial junk! Have you read a soda label? I did good one day last week, I drank only water and sweet tea. But I didn’t resist a Mtn Dew in a glass bottle the next day, and then it has been downhill since then 😦

If you struggle with saying no to soda and/or bad for you foods, know that I understand! But there are things that mean more like health. And sometimes we just need to find the right motivation!

I have a four year old and I always think about being healthy for her. I need to show her how to make good decisions regarding diet and exercise. I need to show her how it can be fun to exercise and be healthy! And I need to be healthy for her! I want to be able to play! I want her to have a healthy fun fit mommy! I also want my husband to have a healthy fun fit wife! I want to be comfortable in my own body, I don’t have to be completely ripped, just comfortable with myself.

Well tomorrow starts a new day of resolve! Resolve to stop soda! Resolve to exercise (P90X, walking, riding my bike) Resolve to not give into late night snack temptations! Resolve to get in better shape!

Just find your motivation, it can be anything! Your husband, your child, your health, a walk for charity, a 5K, a certain dress or pants, your swim suit, to inspire someone you care about, anything!

Then resolve to do what you need to do and stick with it! Don’t give up!

Set goals and change them as they are met!

We shall see how it goes…..I will let you know!

Don’t forget to do something to make someone smile today!

Until next time,
Jennifer

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Put Some South in your Mouth: Morning Glory Muffins

Hey, y’all! Jess here with my first post in my “Put Some South in your Mouth” series….finally!

Life has been busy! With two boys and one on the way, preparations for homeschooling my upcoming kindergartener underway, VBS, and enjoying summer with friends and family, I’ve been cooking for my guys, just not leaving myself a lot of time to blog about it. But, here it is!

The recipe I’m going to share today is for one of my favorite muffins, Morning Glory Muffins. These muffins are packed full of yummy ingredients, and are pretty healthy for you! I have had this recipe for several years now, but it wasn’t until I came across this recipe on the Money Saving Mom’s website that I decided to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did! These muffins are delish!

There’s a little bit of prep work involved in making these muffins, so if you’re looking for something quick to whip up, I don’t recommend this recipe. BUT I DO recommend that you set aside some time and make these muffins! I know the combination of ingredients may not sound all that appealing, but when you put them together, it can’t be beat. My boys even joined me in making these muffins, and had a good time adding the ingredients. And, of course, they always love watching/using the mixer. I suppose they think it’s a power tool for the kitchen…which, I guess would be correct! So, on to the recipe!

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Easy Morning Glory Muffins

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (can also use white flour or a mixture of whole-wheat and white flour)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup raw sugar (or sugar) I actually used around 3/4 cup, and it was just sweet enough for me!
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and shredded (or chopped)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted (or oil)-I used canola oil.
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the carrots, raisins, coconut, and apples.

In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla. Stir egg mixture into the carrot/flour mixture, just until moistened. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

To freeze: Cool completely and put in an airtight ziptop freezer bag.

To thaw: Pull out the desired number of muffins and thaw at room temperature for an hour or so. You can also warm them in the microwave.

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This recipe made around 24 muffins, I believe. Sorry, I didn’t count them before we ate/froze them! But they made plenty. This would be a good recipe for an easy, quick breakfast, or for you to take to Ladies Bible class or to share with a friend over a cup of coffee! Yum! And a bonus…they make your house smell delightful as they bake!

Another reason I like this recipe is because you can freeze these muffins, and they do freeze well. Here lately, I’m kinda obsessed with freezer cooking. I mean, with three boys, one beginning Kindergarten and one starting some preschool (we homeschool), and one arriving in late October, I know I’m going to be pressed for time this fall. So, it’s my aim and plan to have some freezer cooking sessions this September and early October to get me ahead of the meal planning and prep game come late October and in the months following. I’ve already got my recipe list planned out and ready to go. You can also check out the Money Saving Mom’s freezer cooking portion of her website for more recipes and resources. It’s been a big help to me in getting started, and hopefully it’ll be a big help for you if you’re interested!

So there you have it! Enjoy these fabulous, healthier muffins, from my Southern kitchen to yours!