How to make paleo muffins even a teenage will eat
Ok let's get real who doesn't love a muffin. Especially magic paleo muffins. I mean seriously these muffins take the cake (pun intended). My 14 year old who would subside on a diet of carbs, carbs, crappy carbs, and more carbs even loves them. She will eat the whole batch if I don't hide some for the rest of us. When I am feeling really sneaky I toss in some Collagen Peptides so she gets even more protein then they already have. Again this is compared to her diet that is lacking in quality proteins, that is unless I hold her down and force feed her.
Parenting teenagers is hard. In fact I am sure it is more work then little's. Trust me I speak from experience. Our kids range in age from 9 months to 14 years. We get all the tantrums in our house, that is for sure.
Anyway I digress. The trouble with a teen diet is that they need things like protein, fat and carbs to grow and support their ever changing and developing brains. They need whole eggs for the choline, they need greens for the calcium, magnesium, and fiber, and they need to eat meat for the B vitamins, and complete protein it contains.
I understand that some kids can manage and be healthy on a vegetarian diet, but that does require some work and often those kids are more in tune with eating things like veggies (at least I was, yes I was a teenage vegetarian. It sounds like a horror movie doesn't it?!) My point here is it takes work no matter what diet you and your children choose. The trouble comes in when they are out with friends, and can make their own choices. Ideally they would say something like "no friend, those firey hot cheetos look disgusting, and that is not food." In reality they eat the whole bag and wash it down with soda.
Be still my nutritionist heart. I can't even.
Ok now onto the recipe that even a teenager will love.
Paleo Carrot Muffins
3 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 shredded carrots
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp CInnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Optional add ins: roasted pecans, raisins, cranberries, golden raisins, chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, 2-4 TBS of collagen peptides...the possibilities are endless.
Melt coconut oil, and combine with banana, vanilla, and eggs to make a batter. Mix all dry ingredients in bowl, mix batter and dry ingredients. Fold in carrots. Divide into mini muffin tins or regular muffin tins.
Bake 350 for 15-20 min or until knife comes out clean.
I hope you enjoy these. Let me know how they turned out, leave a message in the comments or better yet post a pic to the Rebel Health facebook page. If your a mom, or a lady that loves nutrition you can also join the Rebel Health Ladies Nutrition Page. I would love to see you there!