I have been close to a few girl friends (and my sister and cousin) for a very long time. Although when we are together it is like nothing has changed, we aren't together a lot anymore- my oldest friends have moved on to different cities, are married with children now, etc. and I have become closer with a new group of friends.
It has become increasingly more apparent in the last few weeks how truly great this group of friends I have is. A couple of us have recently hit some rough patches in relationships- although break-ups are never easy, having someone to call and vent to, cry to, and lean on so you don't make the fatal mistake reaching out to the guy that will just hurt you more, makes it a lot easier. When one of us was just lied to and broken up with over text (I kid you not- like the Sex and the City post-it), one group message was sent and within the hour a bunch of the girls were at my house with wine and hugs to rally around our wounded sister- on a Wednesday night no less! "You're way better- ew- How could he leave you for that girl??... She doesn't even lift!!" :) I have honestly never had friends like this and I am incredibly fortunate.
Speaking of gains... here is the food... I have a few recipes with chia seeds because they are so good for you (full of fiber, protein and antioxidants) and have a gelatinous-type quality when soaked or heated- making them a great option for jam or pudding. Why not put them in muffins??? These, warm, with some Kerrygold butter... devine.
Chia Seed Blueberry Muffins
(make 14-16 muffins)
- 1 Cup Coconut Flour (DO NOT sub other flours)
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 6 Eggs
- 1 Ripe Banana, mashed
- 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3/4 Cup Milk (any kind)
- 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
- 1+ Cup Blueberries (I never measure these... dumb those babies in!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl
2. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs through milk.
3. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients a little at a time and mix as you go so you don't have lumps.
4. Add the chia seeds and blueberries and stir gently.
5. Grease a muffin pan really well- pour about 1/4 cup of the batter into each spot (about 3/4 full). Bake 22-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let them cool completely before removing from the pans.