Honey Apple Muffins & A Red Faced Runner

by Kate on July 30, 2012

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Throughout my life I’ve always been an active person. I played sports all through middle school and high ย school. I was always a gym goer not only because I wanted to be fit but also because it’s practically a requirement in my line of work, if you happen to be a 5’4″ girl. It’s not so easy to carry a 200+ pound man down two or three flights of stairs with just you and your partner if you don’t have some muscles. When I first got hired at my previous job before I stopped working to stay home with Maddy (and later Molly too), I was one of 4 women in a department of about 30 men. At the young age of 21, (Yikes! I feel old right now… such a long time ago) one of the first things those guys told me was, and I quote “You suck at lifting. You better get into a gym if you expect to make it here.” It was tough love but it’s what I needed to hear. (Trust me, that was nothing. You needed thick skin to work there. That was the second lesson I learned there. Guess I had it cause I was there 12 years.)

So I set out to the gym and it improved my performance at work drastically. Not only that, it got me back on the fitness track where I had dropped off since graduating high school. I loved my gym days and looked forward to them despite the fact that it meant getting up at 4:30am (yes, AM!!) to be in the gym for an hour before I had to be at work. Thank goodness we do 12 hour shifts which means I only worked 3-4 days a week. The early hour was worth it though. Whenever I’m exercising, I feel better in every aspect of my life.

When it comes to working out I’m a big fan of Zumba (so fun!), weight machines and free weights and I like step classes a lot too. I’ve always said I will do any exercise except running. Please, give me anything but running! I always felt like this was the one thing I couldn’t do, didn’t want to do, loathed doing in fact. That is until recently. Since having Molly I’ve been lax about working out. Truth be told, they closed my gym at the end of my pregnancy and I haven’t even bothered to join a new one.

Running around after a 2 1/2 year old and an 8 month old took that baby weight right off and keeps me very active but it’s just not the same. So at the encouragement of my friend Mike, in a moment of insanity I decided to give running a try. I did a little research and started on a program that seemed perfect for someone like me who had zero experience running for sport. First time out, I thought for sure that this idea would be short-lived. Guess what? I loved it! Now, keep in mind the program starts you out very easy but that prevents injury and helps build endurance. But at the end of my first run I had done a mile and a half, ran 50% of the time and didn’t keel over and die! I was amazing. What was even more incredible? I was hooked!!

I’m now three weeks into the program and I look forward to my run days the same way I used to look forward to those gym days. Never in a million years did I ever think I would say “I’m a runner.” As I look forward to the next few weeks of this training program I find it unimaginable that I will be running a full 5K without stopping but then again, three weeks ago I never thought I would be running like I am right now. I’ve set myself fitness goals, both big (Tough Mudder here I come! But definitely not this year) and small, or shall I say realistic.

I’ve set a goal to run a 5K by September 8th. In fact, there’s a whole group of food bloggers out there setting that very same goal, The Red Faced Runners and now I’m proud to say that I’m joining their ranks and taking the Red Faced Runners 5K Challenge. We’re all spread out across the country yet we’ve vowed to run a 5K, together on the same date. In the meantime, we’ll train and support one another as we stride towards this goal.

Red Face Runner

 

I’m so excited to be a part of this fabulous food community! Since starting this blog I came to know just how wonderful food people are, both my readers as well as other bloggers, chefs, etc. Little did I know that foodies would not only support my work here but would support my personal endeavors outside of writing and cooking as well. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this amazing community of people. Thank you all! Now, I just need to stay motivated, so keep on me!

One of the things that comes along with getting active again is making sure I’m giving my body the fuel it needs to run as efficiently as possible. (Pun intended) But I write a pretty decadent blog. I love making (and sampling) the foods that are the complete opposite of healthy. I believe everything should be in moderation. So I make the sweet stuff, the savory cheesy good stuff. I eat a little bit and then give it all away so that I don’t eat it all. But in my day to day life, I try to eat pretty healthy. Despite Mike’s best efforts to keep me making chicken parm and hamburgers, I do mix it up with healthier options. I’ve even gotten him to eat salad as a meal by adding grilled chicken to it recently! That is unheard of in years past.

When I saw this week’s muffin assignment I was happy to see that it was something so pleasantly simple, like a blank canvas just waiting to be painted on. As I read it I also realized it was really quite healthy to boot so I decided not to mess with it too much. I have for you a simple honey-kissed muffin to which I only added apples. This is the perfect breakfast muffin. Tender and moist, needing nothing more than a welcoming palate. If you do want to jazz it up a bit, they’re wonderful with a dab of jam. Most importantly, no guilt which after running a few miles, is exactly what I’m looking for.

Enjoy!

~K

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Honey Apple Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Honey Apple Muffins

Slightly sweet, moist honey-kissed apple muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (or whole wheat flour for an even healthier option)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 apple, small dice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, butter and honey.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined Fold in the apples.
  5. Fill each paper liner 3/4 full.
  6. Bake 18-20 minutes until golden and a tester comes out clean.
  7. Cool slightly. Serve warm or room temperature.

Notes

Adapted from Taste of Home

http://foodbabbles.com/honey-apple-muffins/

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Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta July 30, 2012 at 12:31 am

I love honey! I actually have a honey mask on my face right now, LOL. Those muffins sound simple and delicious – my favorite combo! So glad to have “met” you thru Red Faced Runners and am excited to follow your running journey ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kate July 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Thanks so much for your comment Sarah. These muffins were simply divine and I’m so glad to have met you as well. The Red Faced Runners seems like such a great group of gals! Knew a few of them already through Twitter but excited to get to know you all and follow everyone’s journey.

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Stacy July 30, 2012 at 2:41 am

I am so impressed with your running goal! I have several friends who are runners and they swear it is addictive, once you get going. I look forward to hearing more about your training and will be cheering the Red-Faced Runners on in September!

P.S. I can smell your beautiful honey apple muffins from here! ๐Ÿ™‚ Divine.

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Kate July 30, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Wow, thanks Stacy! Running is definitely addictive once you get going. I never thought I would be able to relate to that although, I had heard it from others as well. Thanks for the support! And so glad you like the muffins as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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Carrie @ poet in the pantry July 30, 2012 at 11:32 am

Do you know how much I love you right now? Not because I’m a kindred spirit in being a gym-fanatic–I hate the gym, though I have had brief stints of hitting it at 5:15 AM (my un-godly hour) for fitness-sake. It’s the running. Because I felt much like you when I started 4 years ago with the Couch-to-5K and I was just as hooked. I’ve since run 4 5K events (none of them all that fast, but I wasn’t last!) and I miss it. After my back surgery, when we discovered how extensive the nerve damage was, I was told that I most likely will never run again. And I miss it terribly.

I wish I could join all you Red-Faced Runners in September. Know that I’ll be cheering you on! (And know that running is addictive… even though I’m not supposed to run again, I have slipped on the orthosis a couple times in the last week and jogged some short intervals. It’s hard to eliminate from your life entirely!) I know you can do it!!!

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Kate July 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Aww!! Thank you so VERY much Carrie! I appreciate the support and I love ya right back ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hate that you aren’t able to run. Each time I hear that you’re in pain it just breaks my heart. Running is something I’m really growing to love. I keep having a problem with tendonitis in my knees though which is frustrating. I feel like it’s preventing me from really progressive. I’ve had it twice now. The first time was only a week and a half after I started because I did too much too fast. Kept me from running for 2 weeks. Now I just started back at square one 3 weeks ago and 2 days ago my knees both started hurting again. Not as bad and I took an extra day of rest along with anti-inflammatories. Hoping I can run tomorrow cause it’s been 3 days. I don’t want to fall backward any more!

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Carrie @ poet in the pantry August 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

Go easy on that knee! I have a partially torn ACL (on top of everything else!) that I had to contend with, too, when I ran. I used a Cho-Pat support when it acted up, because my kneecap wasn’t tracking right either. It might be something worth looking into–I know other runners who have used them with success for other sources of knee pain.

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Kate August 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I will! And I don’t even know what a Cho-Pat is but the moment I’m done typing this I’m going to google it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the tip!!

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Baker Street July 31, 2012 at 7:34 am

Good luck with the training, Kate! You are super determined and I love that! Your version of this recipe is just fantastic! I’m sure apple and honey would have been quite a treat! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kate August 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Thanks so much for the support! I really appreciate that and I’m so glad you liked my muffins too ๐Ÿ™‚

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Let Me Eat Cake August 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm

i love zumba! my favorite workout and these muffins would be a great dose of sweetness after a tough workout ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kate August 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Isn’t it fun?? Love it!! And thanks, glad you like the muffins.

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