February 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm
One of my very favorite shows ever is Gilmore Girls. I DVR rerun episodes and watch them after the kids are in bed and for a few moments, I wonder if I just wish hard enough, if my city will somehow transform into wacky Stars Hollow — if I will be granted the ability to speak more quickly, and if my wardrobe will get an automatic upgrade.
The problem with being a huge fan of this show, though, is that the two main characters, beautiful, spunky, successful women, EAT A TON OF JUNK. I have figured out through repeated viewing that their diet consists mainly of coffee, doughnuts, pie, cheeseburgers, pizza, take-out Chinese food and tater-tots.
So as much as I may admire their quick wit, quicker words, and yes, their ability to eat all that junk listed above and never develop acne, diabetes, high cholesterol, food intolerances or gain a pound (oh, um, that’s right — they aren’t actually real people), I do think it’s important to find other food role models.
Many of us need a food hero, so to speak.
In a world where many young kids can recognize the McDonald’s arches, but can’t tell you a French fry comes from a potato, or where soda is sold in cups that hold more contents than the average human stomach, I think it is so valuable to find people out there who make it a point to really nourish themselves so that they can feel their very best.
I first “met” Lori when I made one of her recipes for a healthy nutritious treat — Almost Raw Trail Mix Balls.
I am so glad I found her blog and as I continue to visit, I am so glad she is a voice out there, providing really good real food recipes for people like me who often need reminders that eating well is worth the effort (and it can be really delicious too!).
So let me introduce you now to Lori, who was kind enough to share an amazing Spiced Apple Muffin recipe today as part of the Muffin-Up Mondays series:
When I started What Runs Lori, it was to share vegan and raw food recipes with my marathon training teammates. Soon after posting recipes, reading others’ recipes, and tasting recipes, I became completely hooked on the unique connection I was able to have with others via the blog world. I loved sharing ideas, words, and thoughts with whomever was out there listening.
What Runs Lori is my fun way to express my passion for healthy eating, healthy living, and exercise. I am now a certified personal trainer and TRX suspension trainer and enjoy sharing all the information I can about the world of wellness through my blog and the real world.
TVNT: How did you begin writing about healthy cooking?
Lori: I never had the greatest relationship with food. In fact, I thought of food as the enemy. As I got older, started getting more into exercising and researching nutrition, finally learning what healthy eating was all about. I realized that eating can be nourishing, fun, and an amazingly creative outlet.
Through blogging, I have repaired my eating disorder patterns, and learned to be positive towards food. We all have to eat to live, right? Might as well eat good food.
TVNT: What is your general food philosophy? What are some things you think of when creating a recipe?
Lori: Real food is the key. I love creating recipes that are gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free, but that also taste great. I’m not completely rigid in my food choices but I do eat as healthy as I possibly can, while obtaining the best flavors out there.
When creating recipes, I go for whatever is the most creative and flavorful. I look for great recipes that I can develop into even healthier and tastier meals.
TVNT: I’ve read where you talk about learning to make changes to your diet in order to eat better — can you talk a little about some simple changes people can make to improve their health?
Lori: A lot of figuring out about what foods make you feel best is trial and error. I’ve done my fair share of avoiding gluten, dairy, sugar, and animal products. I’ve learned that most people don’t really need dairy or gluten in their diets, and a lot of times some health issues or discomfort disappear after eliminating these.
Simple , health-improving changes one can make are switching to almond or rice milk or even making your own vegan yogurts. Instead of using white or wheat flour in recipes, try using almond meal, gluten-free oats, or a mix of gluten-free flours. Not only do these add a different, and wonderful, taste to baked goods, they’re fun to experiment with, and are often much more nutritious (like with these muffins!)
TVNT: What inspires you to make healthy choices?
Lori: I base a lot of my health on how quickly I can recover from a strenuous workout, my quality of sleep, how I feel throughout the day, and my energy levels. I’m inspired to eat healthy to feel the best I possibly can. Shouldn’t that be motivation enough?
TVNT: What do you think makes a really good muffin?
Lori: Creativity! And fruit. Fruit is the key to a moist, delicious, flavorful muffin.
TVNT: Silly question — lemon poppyseed or pumpkin muffin?
Lori: You’re making me chose?! I have to go with pumpkin because I eat some type of squash ever single day.
Spiced Apple Muffins
Let this muffin be your guide to a nourishing, enjoyable, guilt-free morning, afternoon snack, or dessert.
1/2 c oats
1/2 c coconut flour (or almond flour, rice flour, or flour of choice)
1/8 cup NuNaturals baking blend (or 1/8-1/4 cup sugar of choice)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup shredded, grated apple
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp fresh ginger, diced finely
2 tbsp orange juice
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Measure and combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, combine the wet ingredients, mixing well. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, letting sit for a few minutes to moisten the oats.
Grease 6 muffin tins with cooking spray or coconut oil. Spoon the batter into each muffin tin, filling almost to the top.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Eat, savor, and enjoy completely guilt-free.
Photos in this post and recipe are property of Lori! Many thanks Lori for sharing them here today!!