Morning Glory Muffins

Hello! Hello! And Happy Saturday! As I type up this post, I am wishing you all a happy and glorious weekend ahead full of fun and some relaxation 🙂

My morning started at 4am thanks to some very excitable and protective doggies 😦 They like to bark at things in the night. It could be a cat, a lizard, a shady looking leaf…whatever. If it comes too close to the house they will sing you the song of their people. Usually we close the living room blinds before bed but someone forgot (not gonna name names here…..Oscar!). Oh well. I go to bed super early these days so I don’t mind getting up early on the weekends.

Today marks week 38 of my pregnancy!! Gaahhh! My doctor said that our little bub could arrive anytime. That’s exciting news to this Mama to be’s ears. I’ve got my bags packed, car seat installed, bassinet and nursery room set up. Now all I have to do is be patient. In the meantime, I am going to keep myself busy this weekend by preparing some freezer-friendly meals to have on hand when our little bundle arrives and Mom and Dad are too tired to cook.

This morning I made some morning glory muffins for the first time and they came out pretty good. I adapted the recipe from my No Excuses Detox Cookbook by one of my favorite food bloggers the Detoxinista. I love her recipes and meals! She uses minimal simple ingredients and her recipes are easy to follow and healthy.

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As soon as they cool off I am putting them in the freezer (before I eat them all) for breakfast or a quick snack in between breast feedings.

MORNING GLORY MUFFINS

Makes 18 muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 3/4 cups of coconut flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup of apple sauce
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins (I used dates)
  • 1 1/2 cups matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with baking cups.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, coconut flour, eggs, sugar, coconut oil, vanilla, apple sauce, cinnamon, baking soda, sea salt, and shredded coconut.
  3. Stir well and then fold in the carrots, raisins (or dates), and walnuts until combined.
  4. Scoop into a muffin tin sprayed with cooking spray or lined with liners and sprinkle top of muffins with extra granulated sugar.
  5. Bake until toothpick or butter knife comes out clean for approximately 22-25 minutes.

    Things I’m Loving This Week

    Hello everyone! And hello spring!

    I am so enjoying this gorgeous weather and feeling so grateful that I don’t have to spend the last weeks of my pregnancy in the hot summer heat.

    I am also grateful that my baby boy is healthy and in his optimal fetal position (head-down) for birth! I am currently at 37.5 weeks and am feeling anxious, excited and nervous each passing day. In the meantime, I am practicing my calming and assuring labor mantras and enjoying the last days of work!

    Speaking of gratitude, I wanted to take some time to list some of the wonderful things that I’ve encountered this week that have made me smile.

    Cherry Blossom Trees

    I had no idea that Palm Beach had Cherry Blossom trees!! I went to grab a bite to eat from the Island Bee and since it was a gorgeous day, I thought I would eat my lunch in the nearby park. Low and behold as I walked up to the park entrance, I noticed a gorgeous row of Cherry Blossom trees! I had never seen them before and have always wanted to. I thought I would have to go to Washington D.C or Japan to see them but nope they are here in the same Town where I work! Ahhh!! I snapped a bunch of photos and then sat down on a bench to eat my lunch while marveling at the spectacular trees. The weather was cool and breezy so there were some pollen and petals floating in the air around them. It was truly magical! 🙂

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    Chai Moments Chai Tea Lattes

    I haven’t had any desire for coffee but I do drink it from time to time out of necessity. My nights are pretty restless and uncomfortable with this big ole belly in addition to multiple trips to the bathroom. Plus allowing an overly affectionate doggy sleep next to you doesn’t help either. But I digress….

    Lately I’ve been enjoying a warm cup of Masala Tea from Tea India Chai Moments. It’s got the perfect blend of cinnamon, cardamon, cloves and other spices. I picked up a few boxes at an Asian Festival that took place over the weekend. One in each flavor: Ginger, Masala and Milk Tea. Each box contains 10 packets so I bring an extra one to work with me when I need my tea fix.

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    Baby/Doggy Wraps

    MMmmpph…hahahaha! I couldn’t help myself and had to share this. My hubby and I were curious about how to use the baby wrap so we watched the video demo and decided to give it a try. As we were trying it on, a curious Guinness who was close by and whining for attention from his parents got placed in the wrap! Haha!! I just love my doggy’s expression. He looks so cute and funny being worn by his Dad.

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    Power Pressure Cooker XL

    My husband and I finally caved into that dang infomercial and bought a pressure cooker. We got the 8 qt power pressure cooker XL which came with the copper chef pan and a veggie slicer.  We thought it would come in very handy for us with the baby coming and working full time. So far we have only cooked 2 meals but we were not disappointed. We cooked a whole chicken with sliced veggies using the chicken/meat setting then walked away and 40 minutes later it was done. The smell was amazing and the chicken was moist and fell right off the bone! So our first dinner was a success! We also used it to cook moros y cristianos (rice cooked in black beans). Honestly, the dish came out a little mushy and a little bland. The blandness can be fixed but next time we may just have to cook the beans separately or use less water. Sometimes you just gotta learn by trial and error. We still love our power pressure cooker and will keep it on our counter top.

    What I love is that we can use it to prepare Make-Ahead meals and that it’s a quick one-pot system where you can drop all of your ingredients in, walk away and then come back to a perfectly cooked meal with very little dishes to clean up. I also like that we don’t have to worry about thawing out our meats ahead of time. And you can make everything from soups, bread, casserole, meats, beans and lentils, steamed veggies and even breakfast bowls. It’s a huge help when you are busy and working full time. I can’t wait to use it more and will definitely share some recipes in the future!

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    Baby Dominguez: Weeks 30, 31 and 32

    Hello my friends! As I type this, I am in Week 35 of my pregnancy. Crazy, right? Well at least to me it is. It feels like it was just the other day that I was announcing my pregnancy to everyone. Now I’ve got about four weeks to go!

    I feel great and am happy to be coming down the home stretch. I haven’t gotten HUGE but I am definitely uncomfortable. I am also very anxious to meet this little being that keeps moving around in my belly all the time!  🙂

    Baby’s Growth:

    Week 30: Baby is the length of a rutabaga!

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    Week 31: Baby is the size of an eggplant!

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    Week 32:  Baby is the length of an acorn squash!

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    How am I feeling?

    Hmmm…let’s see….during these weeks I’ve had to deal with iron-deficient anemia, constant heartburn, and restlessness. I can deal with the heartburn and sleep issues but the anemia is something I have never had to deal with and has caught me by surprise.

    Anemia during pregnancy is common and it occurs when the body doesn’t have enough iron to produce adequate amounts of hemoglobin (the protein found in red blood cells). Hemoglobin is what carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. In iron-deficiency anemia, the blood cannot carry enough oxygen to the tissues throughout your body and it makes you feel weak and tired and low on oxygen.

    There are random times when I can feel my heart racing like I’ve had way too much caffeine. I also feel out of breathe, light-headed and fatigued.  I tried different Iron supplements that were prescribed by my OB/GYN and even a gentle over the counter one but they all made me nauseous so I would recommend that you be careful with iron supplements if you are  expecting. They can be very hard to digest.

    I informed my Dr. about the issues I was having with the supplements and they found a good one called VitaFOL Fe+ which is an all-in-one iron and pre-natal supplement that did not make me throw-up and I started feeling better within the week after taking them.

     Weight Gained:

    I have kept my weight gain pretty steady at 20 lbs. Every one tells me that I am tiny and that I am all belly which is good but I feel huge! I eat little meals and snack all the time so I know my lil baby should be gaining a half pound to a pound a week right now and is well fed 🙂

    Workouts:

    I am no longer able to do yoga so I just continue with my walks and do some light stretching during the day. I also got a pre-natal massage. Man was that a treat!

    I miss working out but I feel so big and my balance is off. I also have no desire to hit the gym when I know that I can just go for a walk outside. The weather is gorgeous right now so I am taking full advantage.

    After the baby is born and my Dr. gives me the green light, my plan is to workout a couple times a week in the gym and work out at home. I also can’t wait to go for walks with my son in the stroller or in my baby wraps and the hubs and the dogs 🙂

    I don’t want to put any pressure on myself to get back into shape immediately. I want to bond with my son and enjoy my maternity leave. I am a healthy eater and I enjoy exercise but now I’ll just have a different reason and motivation for staying in shape. So I can raise a healthy and active boy 👦⚽⚾🏀🏈🏄🎣
    Belly and Baby Movement:

    Baby D is always on the move! Especially at night. He must be having a dance party in there or something.

    Belly Button In or Out?

    In!

    Top concerns:

    Finding a good day care and a pediatrician.

    Sleep:

    Hahahaha!! What is that??

    Thoughts about my son:

    I keep fantasizing about my son being this perfect little being who sleeps through the night and doesn’t get too fussy and is happy all the time. I hope that is his temperament most of the time but you never know so we will just have to wait and see.

    Looking forward to:

    Taking my maternity leave for 12 weeks!! 🙌👶🍼☕👍😄