It is an odd feeling hearing you have a medical diagnosis. You feel a rush of relief knowing what is going on with your body. You also realize that your life is about to change. In my case, I was advised to eat low carb and lots of green vegetables. I thought I was eating healthy at the time. I wasn’t. My diet was filled lots of sweet potatoes fries, acorn squash, and more sweet potatoes fries. I was a carb girl in denial. I also had to give up soda. During the couple of weeks after my diagnosis, I learned to cook healthy and enjoy it. I mean kale isn’t so bad with a little salt and oil. That’s not to say I wasn’t in withdraw from my Diet Coke and sugar addiction. However, I started to really like eating clean.
I found the diet that best suited my needs was paleo. However, I still needed a quick breakfast during the workdays when I rushed out the door for my commute. I turned to the internet for answers and found one answer on the blog, Running with Spoons.
One of my favorite breakfast muffins these days is her recipe, Flourless Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins. It is easy to make and just one muffin will fill me up for breakfast. It is also packed with nutrition. I typically modify the recipe by using maple syrup instead of honey. (I like the taste better.) I also use real pumpkin instead of canned. (I bake pumpkin every year, puree it and then freeze it for baking.) I also leave my almond butter out until it gets to room temperature as I find it easier to mix.
When people find out I am on the paleo diet, I am often met with a look of disgust. I hear the remarks all. the. time.
“Almond butter” No way?
“Gluten free? Not following that weird idea.”
However, I have asked people to try these muffins without telling them they are paleo. The most common response?
“They taste just like the Chocolate Muffins from Costco.”
I shit you not. These muffins are moist and rich. You can easily forget that they are nutritious. I admire Amanda for turning pain into a love of tasty nutritious food. Hopefully, we will meet up on one of her “Think out Loud” Thursday sessions soon.