Strawberry Corn Muffins
I visited a friend last week who just had her baby 3 weeks prior. She not only looks amazing but has slid into motherhood nursing her adorable little guy like an old pro. Bravo N! She is also one of those women who gained only like 20 pounds when she was pregnant so no one would even suspect she just popped him out. Truly. Her stomach even looks flat already. I, on the other hand, am a completely different story.
I gained 45 pounds with my son and it took me most definitely more than a minute for my body to bounce back. Surprisingly when it did (months later) I was in even better shape than I was before I got pregnant. I didn’t work out or diet or anything like that so it shocked me. I chalk it up to breastfeeding and being overwhelmed and all consumed with my new role as Mommy. A dang tired mommy who laughed at the thought of working out. My body looked fab too so I wasn't motivated to do it. But then I became pregnant with my daughter and my familiar preggie body slowly began to creep back in. I had heard from other mother’s that they didn’t gain as much with their 2nd so I was hopeful. Ha.
Though I only gained 5 more pounds then I did with my son - I felt and feel heavier. Could be a reflection of the incredible amount of butter, heavy cream, cheese, meat and ice cream I consumed and craved. But that’s what she wanted and now we both have the booty to prove it! Or as my dear friend David expressed when I walked in front of him- ‘badonkadonk’. Thanks so much for pointing that one out darling. As if I didn’t know! Bitch.
I used to exercise all the time before I became pregnant with my son. Yes, I said BEFORE my son. It’s been way too long. Don’t get me wrong I want to get my body moving. Get back into the swing of things. Sweat and work it out. If only I had an ounce of extra energy to spare. And I’d love to do a fucking cleanse but I can’t. Not while I’m still nursing anyway. There was a comic strip I saw the other day that sums up these early years brilliantly. It’s of a tired looking woman on the phone, her greasy hair pulled back in a pony, holding her screaming baby in one hand, the phone in the other and her older child pulling at her shirt. The caption read “ Can I call you back in 5 years.” Yep, that pretty much says it all. Cause as wonderful as this mommy ride is, it’s constant. Leaving little time for much else. Soon though, it will be different. But, until then, let’s just say I’m doing my best to embrace my extra padding and soft play dough belly. (ARGH!)
Let’s also not forget that I’m sharing my body with this hungry hungry little creature and she is sucking everything EVERYTHING outta me. She is the keeper of my voluptuous boobies. They are hers. Period. If you mess with them, they will spray you in defense. Shame cause they look great and have only ever looked this good when I was nursing my son. And being that this is the last babe I will bore - my boobs will never look this good again. Soon they will be shriveled up raisins. Wish I could fit into my sexy dresses and proudly display them. Then again, they would probably leak breastmilk and it stains so I guess it’s for the best. So for now, I’ll just have to stick to my boobie accessible washable cotton t’s and enjoy eating some delicious muffins to compliment my muffin top!
Strawberry Corn Muffins
- 3/4 cup plain goat kefir or buttermilk
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- zest and juice of one medium lemon
- 1/4 cup mild extra virgin olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp fine ground sea salt
- 2 1/2 cups strawberries, stemmed and sliced
Preheat the oven to 350
Line 12 muffin tines with paper.
*Set aside 1/2 cup sliced strawberries to top off the muffins before baking.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the kefir or buttermilk, applesauce, lemon zest and juice, olive oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix well to combine and set aside.
In another bowl, whisk the spelt flour, cornmeal, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt to combine. Using a spatula, stir the wet ingredients into the dry until combined in as few stirs possible. Then gently fold in the strawberries.
Scoop batter into lined or greased muffin tins and sprinkle remaining sliced berries on top of each muffin. Bake on the middle rack for about 25 minutes or until golden on top and you insert a thin knife and it comes out clean. Cool in tin for a few minutes then transfer to rack to cool.