Tuesday things: running, cleaning, and baking Apple Spice Bread

Hello! Happy Tuesday!

I started off my morning with a beautiful run!

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Okay, so, it wasn’t really beautiful – it was pretty darned cold, as a matter of fact.

But, I like cold so I wasn’t complaining.

Well, much, anyway. 🙂

And, honestly, my weekend of excess eating and drinking – okay, mostly drinking – really made the first few miles a little difficult.

But, it WAS a great weekend and excess, in moderation, is okay. 😉

Right? You should definitely agree with me.

Anywho, post run was some yummy Irish oats and a nice warming cup of coffee.

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YUM!

And then, I got down to business.

When I went out on Black Friday, I picked myself up the coolest. thing. ever.

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No, it’s NOT a vacuum cleaner.

Sheesh, what do you think I am? Some kind of cleaning nerd? Pshh. Besides, I already have one of those.

This is a a Hoover hard floor cleaner!

It scrubs and then dries both my hardwood and tile floors!

Okay, so maybe I AM a cleaning nerd.

Don’t judge me.

I totally cleaned all the floors in my house this morning.

And it was SO EASY!

So much better than a mop and a bucket. Just saying.

And then, I totally had to make some bread!

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This bread. Oh my. Apples. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Brown sugar.

Heavenly smells and heavenly taste!

Apple Spice Bread
makes 1 loaf (about 20 slices)

1 cup shredded apple (about 1 medium)
1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek Yogurt or sour cream
2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray; dust with flour.

2. Mix apple, yogurt, and egg whites in a large bowl. Stir in remaining flour and ingredients. Spread into pan.

3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack before slicing.

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4. At 45 calories a slice, enjoy one with a cup of afternoon tea and then with your coffee in the morning! Just try not to eat the whole loaf in one sitting. Om nom nom!

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Question: (If you have one) Does your cat eat your plants/flowers/etc or is mine just weird?

– jennifer

A sunbathing pooch, P90X, and Muscle Muffins

Hello! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Did you do anything special or fun? This is pretty much what went on at my place. 🙂

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It’s Track Tuesday!

Oh wait. I’m not running. 😦 I pinkie promised that darn track coach friend of mine. And, okay, it still hurts. Luckily, I have an appointment with my doctor today so I’m one step closer to knowing what I did (I’m thinking groin pull) and how long this is going to sideline me. Hopefully not too long. *fingers crossed*

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So, instead of running this morning, I did the P90X chest, shoulders, and triceps workout. Oof. Nothing like a tough upper body workout to make a girl feel weak!

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I couldn’t do the specific pushups (1 arm, etc) that required a wide leg stance so, I either did regular pushups or just planked. My arms are still a little shaky. 🙂 I will rest tomorrow and hit another upper body workout on Thursday morning. I’m skipping Crossfit tomorrow because it’s Thing 2’s birthday! Gotta party with my baby girl because she’ll soon leave the nest, too.

Have you ever pulled a muscle?

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Man, I did some serious baking over the long weekend! I made some cookies, some apple spice bread perfect for french toast, whipped up a loaf of sandwich bread and made some spectacular muffins that are perfect little snack when paired with fruit and/or yogurt. They’re also good fuel before an early morning run or workout! Light, fluffy and packed with nutritious goodness – yum!

I found the recipe in my “Abs Diet Cookbook.” They are called muscle muffins! Corny, I know. They incorporate 3 of the 12 “power foods” – the “best fat-burning, muscle-building, disease-fighting foods known to man.” *their words, not mine. All I know is they are delicious! 🙂

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Muscle Muffins
makes 12 muffins

1 banana, mashed
1 apple, shredded
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1 cup pastry flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a nonstick muffin pan with cooking spray.

2. Mix all the ingredients. Spoon into muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Per serving (1 muffin):
Calories 90; Protein 3g; Carbohydrates 15g; Fat 2g (saturated 0g); Fiber 2g; Sodium 85mg

Apple Spice Bread

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend! I’m definitely enjoying it even without being able to run. I’m taking my resting seriously. We were out with some friends last night – one of whom is a track coach – and, he made me pinkie promise to rest for at least 10 days. Like, do nothing. 10 days. But, I pinkie promised so I have to do it. You *can’t* break a pinkie promise.

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I was in a “nesting” mood yesterday and I cleaned the house from top to bottom. Phew, did it need it! I was a little overdue on spring cleaning. For some reason, when I clean, I also like to bake. So, in addition to the amazing peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies I made yesterday to celebrate Cookie Monster’s birthday, I also made some Apple Spice Bread and, I got adventurous and decided to try my hand at some Orange Sherbert. Om nom nom! Thing 2 loves orange sherbert and, if you have ever purchased some and read the ingredients, you’d want to make your own too. So much better! And it was quite tasty. Win!

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But, back to the bread. I was really looking for something to make that I could use for French Toast. Thing 2 isn’t HUGE on cinnamon (except in cinnamon buns) so I didn’t want to do a cinnamon swirl bread but I also didn’t want something like just plain old bread. She also doesn’t do raisins so those were out. I came across this recipe for apple spice bread and decided that it would fit the bill. There is some cinnamon in the bread but it’s not overwhelming and the apple lends an amazing sweetness. Of course, if you prefer, you could always use a Granny Smith apple for a tarter flavor – I used a Jonagold apple. Yum!

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And, the best thing about this bread, is it is delicious enough to just eat on its own! Perfect with your morning coffee or afternoon tea, this light, fat-free bread is big on flavor. How did it do with the french toast? Om nom nom! It was fabulous – probably the perfect french toast bread in my opinion. Light enough that you can eat a few pieces without any guilt and packed with flavor and depth. Happy breakfasting!

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What’s your favorite weekend breakfast food?
Do you prefer a tart or sweet apple?

Apple Spice Bread
Makes 1 loaf (20 slices)

1 cup shredded apple (about 1 medium)
1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
2 egg whites or 1/4 cup cholesterol-free egg product
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray loaf pan (8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 or 7 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches) with nonstick cooking spray; dust with flour. Mix apple, sour cream and egg whites in large bowl. Stir in remaining flour and ingredients. Spread in pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack before slicing.

Nutritional information:
Calories 45; Protein 1g; Carbohydrates 10g; Fat 0g; Fiber 0g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 120mg