About HealthyGirl

Destiny was a graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a B.S. in Biology in 2011. She is currently studying to become a Physician Assistant. She has been writing professionally since 2007 and her proudest work is on her blog, healthylivingwithdestiny.com.

Banana Hazelnut Muffins: A Healthy Muffin Recipe

If you love muffins like I do…you are going to love this healthy muffin recipe!

Nuts

As you may have gathered from my blog…I love to find easy ways to enjoy being healthy. This is a recipe I invented myself to make eating healthy still taste good! These muffins are packed full of fiber, low in sugar, and are full of flavor! Try for yourself, then modify to your desires!

Makes: 18 muffins

prep time:10 minutes

Cook Time : 25 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1  cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • Banana muffin
  • 1/2 cup of flax seed
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup of butter (you can replace this with another 1/4 cup of applesauce like I do, but I warn your muffins will be a bit dry and less cohesive, yet still just as tasty!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts (You can add any nuts that you desire here, walnuts and pecans work especially well)
  • Spices to your liking (I love to add plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg, but just use what you like and have on hand)

Paper cups

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees  and fill two muffin tins with cupcake liners or fat free non stick spray.

In a large bowl, combine the  flour, flax seed, baking soda, and salt; then set them aside. Mash 2 of the bananas with a fork in a small bowl so they still have a bit of texture. With an electric mixer or really determined arms, whip the remaining bananas with the brown sugar together like you mean business,until it creates a dark soupy mixture. Add the applesauce, butter, eggs, vanilla, and spices, and beat well. Pour the mashed bananas and the banana puree mixture in with the dry ingredients set aside earlier. Add nuts. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins to fill them about 3/4 full. Rap the pan on the counter a few time to let any air bubbles escape, and put them in the oven.

Bake until a fork stuck in the muffins comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes before turning the muffins out. Enjoy!

Have you tried a similar recipe? How did it turn out for you? Comment below and let me know!
~Healthy Girl

Dealing With Your Fears With Your Child Moving Out

Healthy Relationships are part of a healthy lifestyle. As a resident Assistant at the University of Nevada, Reno, I have been dealt with many issues between parent and child after they move away from college. If you are concerned your relationship will change, you have a right ot be, because it will. The hope however, is that it will change for the better! This article has some great information about common fears, and how to make sure they don't come true.

Your Fears

First, lets talk about some fears of parents. There are many different fears parents have, each are unique to each relationship a parent has with their child. However, they can generally be categorized down to some common fears.

Common Fears :

  • My Child and I won't be as close as we used to be
  • My Child might not be sucessful on their own
  • My Child's need for me will diminish
  • My Child might make bad decisions on their own

 

Your Child's Fears

Many of us "adult" Children have similar fears. They fear losing touch, failing on their own, and losing their vital resource they have depended upon for almost two decades! As a young adult who moved out from her own home not too long ago, I can easily relate to these fears. This is an important time for both parties to lean on each other for support, as young birds leave the nest for the first time.

Simple Resolutions

Fortunately, there are many solutions to help diminish theses fears or at least help them to stay in the mind and not become a reality. Here are some suggestions to help this process.

Fear: We Won't Be as Close as We Used to Be or My Necessity Will Diminish…

Respect

Be sure to respect your child's new adult status. The helicoptor syndrome is a very common behavior we see in the Residence Halls and in other parts of the community. Give them the proper spaces they need, and respect their new found teratory. A good example would be knocking before entering their new residence.

Now that you have suceeded in not pushing your child away, here is your chance to keep them close. If you still live close, suggest weekly lunches, or family dinners where you meet up and enjoy a good meal. Stop by to drop off some supplies you think they might appreciate or need every month or few months. If they live far away, send them care packages, and set up a time to talk and get updates every few days or weekly, to keep in touch.

Become a Resource

A great way to keep your necessity is to keep being a resource for things they need. For many of you, this may mean money or supplies, but there is more to it than that. Parents serve as great counselors for room mate conflicts, decision making, and general de stressers and they are realizing things about their new environment.

Fear: My Child Might Make Bad Decisions or Fail On Their Own…

Following the tips above is a great start to reducing the chances of this occurrence. Communicate openly with your child, and be a resource for them. You don't have to be a constant cash flow, but you can suggest ways for them to make extra money, or ways to make their living costs go down, ect..

As for bad decisions, they are going to make some. The fact is, everyone makes mistakes or a bad decision at some point in their life. The important thing is that we learn from them. Once again this goes back to the communication with your child before and after and incident may occur. Gently warn them from your own or other experiences, or help them to realize what they can learn from their situation. If you see them struggling, don't be afraid to reach out and help.

 

 

Time To Let Them Go

When it is finally time to let them go, it will likely be a sad and happy moment for everyone. Help them pack and move out if you can, and if they would like…maybe help them settle into their new place. Just be sure to respect it as their own space. There are usually a few important memories that children miss from home, whether it be family meals, movie nights, game nights, or what ever be the case. This can be a great opportunity to invite them over for dinner or some family time, and make your own nest feel not as empty.

 

 

Coming Soon: Homemade Heat Packs

Coming soon for sale are my very own heat packs! People will have the options to have a customized heat pack  with choices of:

Three Filling Choices:

Beans                        Flaxseed                       White Rice

I-beans-pinto Flax-seed-1Rice

Choose from 3 different types of material to put the filling in.

Choose from several different types of material as a removable case that can be washed

Chose from two different shapes: 10 x 10 squares or 12 x 5 rectangles.

These heat packs are neat, because they just need to be popped into the microwave for 2 minutes for heat, or put in the freezer for cold. When they get dirty, simply remove the casing, wash it, and put it back on. My heat packs are hand made by me and my family. By purchasing one you will be supporting a struggling college student and a product made in the USA! How cool is that?

Pictures will soon be posted here and on my new shop on etsy.com!

If you want to take a look around, copy and paste this website into your address bar:

www.etsy.com/shop/dandmhomemade

Please let me know if you have any suggestions or requests, -HealthyGirl