I was the featured speaker at my networking group last week. It’s an early morning meeting and refreshments are served. Not exactly health food, if you know what I mean. If you follow me on instagram, you’ll see me posting photos of my oatmeal parfait or some other healthy breakfast that I can take with me to the meeting every week, because there’s little chance I’m going to eat what they’re serving!
Every 6 months or so, it’s my turn to present and when I do I like to bring in breakfast for everyone. It’s a unique opportunity for me to enlighten the members of my group about what I do. An opportunity for me to let them know the kinds of people I work with….I think it’s surprising to learn that you don’t have to be overweight or saddled with a health ailment to benefit from coaching. My clients come in all shapes and sizes, some are struggling to get off medication for high blood pressure or cholesterol. Some need support to break their sugar addiction, or their artificial sweetener habit—-that diet soda is a hard one to break!! I have a client who isn’t trying to lose weight, but has 3 teenage daughters at home and she’s learning how to cook so she can model healthy eating at home. Kudos to her for realizing that what happens in her house surrounding food and her attitude towards it will live on for generations. My clients are losing weight, but more importantly, they are gaining confidence in their food choices as they learn what works well for them.
I love the opportunity to enlighten the group that nourishment comes off and on the plate…..and that learning to cook healthy food is the SINGLE BEST WAY to enhance health and well being. and I love the opportunity to show them that nutritious and delicious don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Last week we had 70 people at the meeting, and many of them have heard me speak before, and have eaten my yummy breakfast treats before. So, I knew I would make my double chocolate zucchini muffins, because they are so popular. I knew I would make some mini veggie frittatas because it was a cool and rainy morning and those are an awesome way to sneak in some healthy veggies and some warmth at the same time. BUT….I wanted to bring something new. Something satisfying. Something sweet…..and something healthy. Muffins were the obvious choice because they are a simple pick up food…..and since hubby’s favorite muffins are lemon poppy seed, I figured I would give it a shot. To be honest, it took me quite a bit of tweaking and trying to come up with a recipe that I was OK with from a health standpoint and that was super yummy. But, I kept at it and was so happy with the result, that I had to share it with all of you right away.
For the record, these lemon poppy seed muffins with blueberries were just as popular as the double chocolate muffins at my meeting. Shocking. Seriously. I didn’t think it was possible to compete with those…..but there’s a new kid in town. Fun stuff….and these are really simple to make. Bonus!!
I decided at the last minute to add in the blueberries (because I had some)….and I think they are a wonderful addition, but I should warn you—-adding blueberries to these muffins keeps them super moist, which means they won’t stay fresh as long—-but I’m not sure that’s a problem because they won’t last anyway….I promise these muffins will be gobbled up long before their expiration.