Death By Humidity (and Chocolate)

Nothing seemed more satisfying than a chocolate milk latté to lift my spirits this morning.
Chocolate Milk Latté: 1 small coffee with 1 cup frothed chocolate milk
I immediately ran back downstairs with it, escaping into our air conditioned guest room (aka: where I had been stationed since sometime around midnight). As I am sure everyone in Brisbane would agree, it was incredibly hot/humid last night…and our bedroom doesn’t have AC.  Adam continues to remind me that I should not complain- many people in this world live in extreme heat and aren’t blessed with a comfortable mattress and Italian sheets. However, when you’re feeling the size of a marine mammal and trying to sleep through steam room-like conditions, complaining is seemingly inevitable.
I was getting pretty hungry, so I emerged from the room once again. My glasses literally fogged up when I went upstairs this time due to the humidity! We’ve been trying to conserve the use of air con, especially knowing we’ll need to use it a lot more once the Bubs is born. I opted for the quickest possible breakfast option so that I didn’t have to stay there for any longer than necessary.

All natural strawberry jam on rye w/ chia seeds
Berry yogurt w/ blueberries
It was a puttering around kind of day…cleaning, organizing, talking to family, catching up on emails. To be honest, I kind of wish that I was working right now and can totally understand why some women choose to work right up until they give birth. It would really help to pass the time and keep my mind preoccupied!
Anyway, I decided to drag myself to the gym for an elliptical workout. My feet (and hands) have been super swollen lately, and it was actually uncomfortable putting my runners on! What was a planned 45 minutes on the elliptical turned into 35, as my feet were feeling enormous and fell fast asleep somewhere around the 20 minute mark. Oh well…better than nothing, I suppose!

Round & round they go- one big belly and two fat feet! Weeeee!
Does anyone agree that there haven’t been many solid workout tunes in awhile? I find there are times throughout the year when I could easily make an hour+ of amazing, new, cardio-worthy songs. Lately though, it’s been a struggle. I made this playlist a couple weeks ago which I’ve been enjoying, but definitely looking forward to some new 2013 pump up songs to help power through my cardio sessions. I think I’ll have to dig into my oldies but goodies list soon!

The wind picked up this afternoon, so I decide that with a breeze I could power through a baking session: some healthified banana chocolate chip muffins! I looked at 3 or 4 different recipes online, but none seemed to included everything I wanted in a healthy-as-possible muffin, so I created my own version. Voilà!

Ingredients
Makes 12 large muffins
  • Large bananas: 3, ripe, mashed
  • Unsweetened apple sauce: 1/4 cup
  • Whole wheat/wholemeal flour: 1 1/4 cup
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder: 1/4 cup
  • Whey protein powder: 1/2 cup (plain- no flavour- if possible)
  • Oat bran/flax seed/psyllium fibre mixture: 1/4 cup (any fibre mixture will do)
  • Baking soda: 3/4 tsp
  • Salt: 1/4 tsp
  • Butter: 2 tbsp, softened
  • Brown Sugar: 1/3 cup
  • Eggs: 3, medium sized
  • Vanilla Extract: 3/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon: 1 tsp
  • Chocolate Chips: 1/2 = 3/4 cup

Instructions
1. Line a muffin tray with 12 liners and preheat oven to 325ºF (about 160ºC).
2. With an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. When combined thoroughly, add: eggs, vanilla, bananas, and apple sauce and beat at medium speed. 
3. In a second bowl, combine: flour, cocoa powder, protein powder, fibre mix, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix together with whisk or fork.
4. Add dry mixture into the larger, wet mixture. Blend together at a low speed until completely combined. 
5. Mix in chocolate chips with a fork or spoon.
6. Fill muffin liners with batter.
7. Bake for 25 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean from the centre!

5 Thoughts on “Death By Humidity (and Chocolate)

  1. Martha on January 30, 2013 at 2:36 pm said:

    Those muffins look way healthier then Jenny P's version and you know I have a weakness for
    'nana choco chip muffins – totally baking them this weekend. I'll let you know how it goes! miss ya.

  2. I mentally pictured your glasses fogging up haha, that is rough!! I HATE being hot when I am trying to sleep, it's awful! Awesome job on the workout!

  3. Kristin H. on February 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm said:

    Hey, Kelly! Have you tried the 'Songza' app for new workout tunes? I'm not sure if it's available in Aus (it just became available in Canada in the fall) but it's basically unlimited free playlists of your choice and there are some great ones for cardio! (Apologies if you already have it).

    Also, I have been doing the '5-Day/Week Total Body Shapeup' and it is killing me (in the best way)!

  4. Hi Kristin!

    I have heard of Songza, but I thought it was just a song recognition app. Awesome! Thanks so much…I am going to download it today! Glad to know you are enjoying the 5-Day Shape Up. I am looking forward to doing it again :)

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