I posted a picture more than a week and a half ago about these blueberry streusel muffins I made for Tony the weekend we got back from Mayo.  He had a taste for coffee cake, so I decided to make a blueberry coffee cake in muffin form.  Since then I have gotten more than a dozen emails asking “Biz, did you post that blueberry muffin recipe yet? I can’t find it.”  Well, that’s because I never posted it!  Oops!

So here it is:  each one comes in at 264 calories, 8.2 fat, 44 carbs, 1.1 fiber and 5.1 protein – the calories aren’t too bad considering how decadent these tasted.

2.25 cups flour (divided)
1 1/3 cups sugar (divided)
4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup egg beaters
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1.5 cups blueberries

Mix 2 cups of the flour, 1 cup of the sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.  In a separate bowl, mix egg beaters, sour cream, vanilla and blueberries.  Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients, just until combined, don’t overmix the batter.  Melt the butter.  Stir in 1/4 cup flour and 1/3 cup sugar – that is the streusel topping.  Using an ice cream scoop, divide batter into 12 muffins, top with streusel topping and bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes. 

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Loved the topping on these – the only thing I’d change next time is to maybe add some lemon zest to the streusel topping just to kick it up a notch – I love the blueberry/lemon combo.

So I had a couple people want to try the 5 minute naan bread last night.  Sadly, Kym’s didn’t work out – um, turns out my recipe stated 2/3 tap water.  2/3 what?  teaspoon, tablespoon, cup?  I was able to Facebook with Natalie when she asked me, but was driving at home when Kym said “I am panicking – how much water – guess I’ll wing it!” 

While mine turned out looking like this:

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Hers turned out like this – luckily she said the rest of her Indian dinner was a hit – just not the naan – not sure what went wrong?


Anyway, I ended up using one of my extra naan breads to make an egg white, zucchini and cheese breakfast panini.

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I remembered to take my insulin at breakfast (yeah!) and I was at 227 before working out – perfect!  I was on Day 3 of 30 squats – 84 squats people!   And I did it before I decided to run a 5k!  Actually, it loosened up my quad muscles.  I was just at 3.0 miles in 37:02 when Tony called.  His first set of labs were supposed to be done yesterday locally – I talked to the cardiologist RN the day before who assured me that the order was faxed in and ready to go.  Nope.  Turns out the problem was on our end – our doctors office was supposed to have gotten the order, but they didn’t know anything about it so it took about 10 minutes of phone calls back and forth with Tony at the lab and Mayo, and they faxed over another order.  Whew!  By this time my machine timed out – but trust me, I did 3 miles – check out the sweat on the neck of my shirt!

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I ended up bringing a beef and black bean taco salad for lunch.  I could literally eat that salad every day and never get sick of it – this whole plate is only 380 calories and a whopping 11 grams of fiber!  My dressing?  1/4 cup of salsa verde mixed with 1 tablespoon regular ranch – basically a 50 calorie dressing for the whole thing – can’t beat that with a stick.  I just crumbled 4 tortilla chips on the top for some extra crunch.

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I was solo for dinner again – while I saw Lisa’s stuffed zucchini boats she made (they look amazing – check it out!), I stuck with the original dish I had in my mind.   While I don’t have a spiralizer, I do have a julienne vegetable peeler – works just as well and only cost me $2.  I julienned one zucchini, and cooked some whole wheat pasta and Italian sausage on the side.  After the pasta cooked, I left about a tablespoon of starchy water in the bottom of the pan and cooked the zucchini for just about a minute – it was really thin, and I really just wanted to soften it a bit, but still have some crunch.  Then I added 1 cup of whole wheat pasta in, my Italian sausage and Prego spaghetti sauce.  I know, you are probably thinking “she used Prego when she makes a roasted veggie marinara?!”  I have an excuse!  At Sam’s Club they had two 96 ounce plastic jars for only $1.91.  I know, it was probably mis-marked but I asked and that’s what it rang up as – so I’ve been using it as a base – I added crushed red pepper, more Italian seasoning, garlic and then topped my dish with some shaved Parmesan cheese.

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Best part?  I only ate half!  So I cooked some carrots and more zucchini to go with the leftovers today for lunch.

Now that my hair is short, I can’t throw it up in a pony tail like I normally would, and even if I brought the sides up to get my hair out of my face, the bangs would invariable come out and start to drive me nuts.  I picked up some scrunchi head bands – I got 5 bands for $5.99 at Walgreen’s, to try them out last night.  Sadly, when I read “cardio recovery” I was like yes!  Easy workout!  Um, no.  I forgot how much core strength moves that one workout has and the balance.  I was still schweaty at the end.  But best of all – even though I won’t win any fashion awards anytime soon, my headband stayed in place!  And your welcome for the boob shot.  It’s my gift from me to you. Open-mouthed smile

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I had no problem getting my 10000 steps in yesterday!

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And Christine, I enjoyed this coffee this morning from all the k-cups you sent me – it’s like drinking dessert for breakfast – so yummy!  I love stinky coffee!  And by stinky coffee, I just mean flavored coffee.  When Hannah lived at home she and I loved all sorts of flavored coffee, to which Tony would yell “what stinks in there?!”  Only delicious tasting coffee!   Now that we have a Keurig, I can have my cup of stinky coffee and move on.

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Question of the Day:  Do you drink coffee – and if you do, do you love flavored coffee??

Alright, time to get this show on the road – it rained overnight which is good because we need it – the thunder actually woke me up this morning.  Make it a great day!  And Kym, sorry I failed you on the naan!

And sending HUGE hugs to my blog friend Roz.  Her Dad passed away yesterday – they found out he was sick on his birthday on July 24 when he started having seizures, only to find out it was an aggressive cancer and he wouldn’t live another 30 days.  I know your Dad was so proud of you Roz!  He left the best comments on your blog!  Hugs to you, your Mom and Dennis!