I decided a long time ago that morning is the best time for me to workout. I can get the dreaded exercises done and over with and the rest of the day feels great.
The problem is that I can’t seem to exercise on an empty stomach – that usually results in me doing lazy reps with lighter weights while I wonder why on earth I feel so exhausted. And I’m pretty sure two cups of coffee doesn’t count as a meal. On the other hand I can’t have a meal beforehand because then I’ll just get lazy while I wait for the food to digest. Oh, sigh. So the solution is to have a healthy snack. But to be honest, eating a banana or a granola bar just doesn’t entice me. It could be because I have yet to change my eating habits so that I actually feel like eating fruit in the morning. For now I will take baby steps toward healthier pre-workout snacks.
The bright taste of orange and the sweetness of carrot make these perfect for waking up. Tomorrow morning I will gnosh on one of these delightful muffins to give me the energy I need to pump some iron…hahaha.
Rise and Shine Muffins
Makes a dozen small muffins…remember they’re supposed to be a little snack!
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
juice of one orange…I got about 1/2 cup of juice
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
1 medium carrot, finely grated
zest of one orange
about 1/2 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350F/176C. In a large bowl combine flour, oats, baking powder, and salt. Mix together the sugar, egg, orange juice, butter, apple sauce, and vanilla. Add to the flour mixture. Stir in the carrot, orange zest, and raisins until combined. Pour into muffin pan and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.