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Good afternoon! I hope you guys have had a great day! I was planning on posting this morning but I slept later than planned and just got home from work. For this months edition of What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW), Jenn’s new theme is Fall Into Good Habits. Visit Jenn over at Peas and Crayons to see what others ate and shared as well! Thanks to Jenn for hosting this link up.

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Flavor

When I saw this was the WIAW theme this month, I was so excited because Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year. Spring comes in on a close second but I love how Fall means Sweaters, Pumpkin Latte’s, Campfires and more. I could go on and on about fall. I’m not going to share everything I ate yesterday because this post may get long winded. I DO have a healthy fall recipe for you though! It will warm your soul and it did mine yesterday morning for breakfast, along with a warm cup of joe.

While shopping at Michael’s (my love) the other day, I found these two cute Fall items in the $1.50 bin.

Pumpkin Baking Cups and Fall Recipe Cards. I decided that I was going to bring Fall to South Florida even though I know it will probably never get below 70 here. And what better way to usher in the Fall season than with the smell of muffins baking in you home.

Oatmeal Banana Bread Muffins (Gluten Free)

Makes 9 Muffins

Mixings

  • 6oz. Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3 Ripe Medium Bananas
  • 1.5 Cups Gluten Free Oat Flour (Grind up about 2 cups of Gluten Free Oats)
  • 1/3 Cup of Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1.5 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla
  • 3 tbsp of Agave Nectar or sweetener of choice

Steps

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease a muffin tin. I tried to use the above cute muffin paper and they stuck so only use the foil muffin papers if you want to use papers.

Using a food processor or blender, grind Gluten Free Oats into a fine flour. This took several minutes until it was a smooth consistency. I used about 2 cups of oats to make 1.5 cups of flour so make sure to measure out the flour after it is ground. I also used my food processor to blend the bananas, you can just mash them in a bowl until they have a smooth consistency as well.

Mix together the oat flour and baking powder. In a separate bowl mix together the Greek yogurt, agave, vanilla, applesauce and bananas. Mix both wet and dry ingredients together and pour into the greased muffin pan.

Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes. The tops will start to turn a golden brown but make sure the middle is done, you can test with a knife to make sure it comes out clean.

These muffins were very moist and had a great flavor without a lot of added sweetener. My husband and I have ate most of them in two days. Oops. Thanks Fall!

Fitness

Also part of my September goals is to incorporate 3 Strength Sessions a week! I have promised to share 3 new workouts with you each week for the month of September. You can find Monday’s here. Today’s workout is a Legs & Butt Blaster. I woke up very sore after trying it out last night. Those Sumo Squats will get you.

I’ve just started taking GNC’s Ultra Amino Complex (BCAA’s and Amino Acids) during and after my workouts which can help with muscle recovery and helps fuel your muscles during a workout. Fruit Punch flavor is delicious. I will let you know how I like it after some time with it.

This is a killer workout and you will definitely feel the burn. Use dumbbells that will challenge you but that you can do without over exerting yourself. I used 20lb. dumbbells for most of the workouts. When I mention a Medicine Ball below, you don’t have to use this, you can use a dumbbell but if you have a Medicine Ball use it.

This workout is done with 4 Sets. You will complete Set #1 two times through without stopping before taking a breather and than moving onto Set #2. Each Set you will repeat 1x before moving onto the next. You can take a 20-30 second break in between sets but than move on, you can rest after the workout! πŸ™‚


  • For the Jump Squat with Medicine Ball, I do the exercise like the girl in the picture below (yellow shirt) except I hold a Medicine Ball and swing it up over my head and then down between my legs when I squat down. You can also hold a weight when doing this.
  • For the Side to Side Jump Lunge, you will do a Side Lunge and then jump over into a Side Lunge on the opposite leg. I held a weight while doing this to make it extra challenging. Do 15 jumps total.
  • For both the One Leg Squat & Squat & Leg Lift I held a 20 lb dumbbell as my total weight not 40lbs total as in other workouts.
  • For the Kettelbell Swings, you can use a Dumbbell and alternate swinging the weight in one hand and switching hands each swing.
  • For the Box Jumps, the gym was pretty empty so I used the end of the treadmill and jumped off and on it. Yes, people probably thought I was crazy but who cares πŸ˜‰ You can use your stairs or find a sidewalk outside. Anything that will give you a little bit of something to jump up on.

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What’s your favorite season? What’s one thing you love about Fall?