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As we’re nearing back-to-school, it’s time to start getting back into “the groove.” No more slacking off with lazy meals, lounging around the house in our pajamas all day, or waking up after 8:00am. While I’m not exactly excited to go back to our regularly scheduled programming, I am excited to have all the kids out of the house.
What I’m not excited about, is the getting them out of the house part. Mornings here are rough, I’m telling you. A lot of yelling from all parties, a lot of not listening, a lot of me running up and down the stairs, and a lot of playing shoe detective. (Why can I never find a matching pair of shoes for anyone?!)
One thing that makes it a little easier is a quick grab-and-go breakfast. Muffins are always a huge hit, because you can eat them and run, but a lot of muffin recipes are worse for you than cupcakes! I set out to make a muffin that was as healthy as possible but still tasty enough that even my picky kid would eat it. Did I succeed?
I sure did! These little muffins are packed with fiber from three different sources: oat flour, chia seeds, and applesauce. There’s also a significant amount of protein (5g!!) in each one, and only 5g of sugar.
The recipe makes 12 small muffins. I baked them in a cupcake pan, and just divided the batter evenly. You could double the recipe, but they’re a little dense (like banana bread-ish) so I wouldn’t suggest making them too large.
Yes, my oven is really dirty, okay? That is like at the very bottom of my list of things I need to do around this house. Anyway, as you can see the batter is kind of thick. But don’t let it fool you. These muffins turned out so moist and delicious! I’ll admit that I’m not really the best at baking, and often my healthy experiments turn out horribly, but that is not the case here.
The kids gobbled up half of the test muffins before I could even take a photo! I also whipped up a special frosting for the muffins, but I kept those to myself. (If you want to frost muffins for the kids, try the Emergen-C Kidz Orange Pineapple Explosion flavor!) This frosting has a secret ingredient that adds a special boost to your breakfast.
With four kids in school this year, I’ll have four kids bringing germs home to me! A couple of packets of Emergen-C (I used Tangerine, but Orange is awesome too!) mixed with some softened cream cheese and a splash of milk make a delicious and vitamin-packed topping for these muffins to help me fight off cold and flu germs before they take me down. (Everyone knows moms don’t get sick days.) I always grab it at Walmart. They have the best price, and you can even get a coupon for $2 off one box here.
You can find it in the Walmart cold and flu aisle, right under the ChapStick! I love being able to get all of my necessities from cold and flu supplies, to school supplies, to ingredients for this yummy recipe!
The Emergen-C is packed with B vitamins, antioxidants†, electrolytes plus more vitamin C than 10 oranges^. With over 20 flavors, you have plenty of delicious varieties to choose from.* (*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.) But it also adds a fun extra – the fizziness makes the frosting SUPER fluffy!
Plus the cream cheese adds a little boost of protein too! Perfect for a mom who needs to get out the door quickly. Make these the night before and have no excuses for skipping breakfast! And don’t forget to throw a packet or two of Emergen-C in your purse for…emergencies…
Don’t forget the ChapStick too! It softens and protects lips every day with 11 moisturizing ingredients. SPF 12 provides UVB protection. Hydrating formula contains aloe and vitamin E.
Breakfast? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Vitamin boost? Check? Soft lips? Check! I’m ready to load up the minivan and hit the drop off line. Are you ready for back-to-school yet?