Zucchini Flax Muffins

It’s been a good while since I posted a recipe!

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After grillin’ out (with the company of Hunter, the ”old man”), I whipped these babies up because we received a MASSIVE zucchini from a friend’s garden.  Oh man, I love baked goods with zucchini.

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6 cups of grated zucchini
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup unflavored, 0% Greek Yogurt
1 cup sugar substitute
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
4 whole eggs
4 tsp vanilla
4 tsp baking soda
5 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup ground flax
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, depending on your oven.  When fork comes out clean, remove and cool.  Makes roughly 18-20 muffins!

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My dad is diabetic, so I always try to halve the sugar in recipes.  For health benefits, I always halve the butter, and if I have egg whites on hand, go half egg-white and half whole eggs for a recipe.

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Best served warm with a bit of butter/margarine.

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Aren’t these little “muffin buttons” cute?  Makes an extra ‘muffin top,’ which we all know is the best part of the muffin, anyhow!

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Happy eating!

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Overwork?

So, I’ve recently discovered a cure to the “oh my god I’m so bored” thought on the elliptical.  Even when I do intervals (tough ones, at that), I still get a little bit bored. 

These past 2 days, I’ve gone to the gym extra late in order to get my cardio in while watching some great TV programs.  Okay, “great” is probably not the best word – maybe, amusing.  On Monday, I trucked it to the gym at 8:30PM to do some hip rehab and core work before hopping on the elliptical for a moderate 60-minute session while watching ABC’s Bunheads.  Hilarious show, but so sad that it was the finale!

Yesterday, I got to the gym around 8:15PM to do a more total-body resistance workout before hopping on the elliptical to watch USA’s White Collar.  While I felt pretty good during the weights segment, I had to stop 4 times on the elliptical to stretch my TFL and hip tendons, which (after about 10 minutes of going), started to twinge sharply with each stride.  Annoying.  Overwork?

Plie squats w/ 20lb DB 3 x 12
Step-back lunges w/ 8lb DBs 2 x 8 (my quads weren’t happy)
Side-lunge w/ lateral arm raise 2 x 10
Goodmornings w/ 8lb DBs 2 x 12
Lateral and frontal raise w/ 5lb DBs 2 x 10
Flye on ball w/ 8lb DBs 2 x 12
Reverse flye on ball w/ 10lb DBs 2 x 12
Hamstring ball pull-ins 2 x 10
One-legged bridge on ball 3 x 10 seconds, each leg
Side planks 45 seconds, each side
Wide-legged plank 45 seconds

Today my hips are feeling tight, undoubtedly from two 60-minute elliptical sessions and the hamstring/quad work I did yesterday, so I think I’ll hop over to the gym for a walking-treadmill workout and lots of stretching.  I’m miffed that my cheapo gym doesn’t have a foam roller, though. Big ole bummer.

Motivation of the day: 6 weeks until I get to start coxing again!

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Get excited for the Paralympics, too!

Team Bad Company, incredible USA Paralympic rowing team!

 

Charging my brand new camera… and hunting for good photoshoot locations later today!