Mini confession time! Last Thursday morning, I planned to go for a run and do Focus T25. I had a busy day, but I had scheduled it into my calendar and was going to fit it in (this is a helpful tip – I always schedule in my workouts and treat them as any other appointment, so I’m sure to get them done!). Then, I had an afternoon meeting added, so I realized that during my hour in the morning, I could either go for a run or make and photograph the recipe that was supposed to be featured in my Foodie Friday post.
I make harder decisions than that all the time, but for some reason, the decision was overwhelming, and I was tired … so instead, I took a nap. I know!! This is very unlike me … I live and breathe by my calendar and relentlessly schedule every minute. I rarely ever just “let things slide,” but I’m working on letting go a bit more, and the moment when I knew I was going to let one thing drop … I figured I’d go ahead and let two things drop instead :). It was kind of fun, and no one died because I skipped a workout. I think you all survived with a recipe-less post on Friday, too.
The whole point of me telling you this (rambling) story is to encourage you to forgive yourself. This world is a hard enough place to live in as it is … our lives are high-stress, we have high expectations for ourselves and others, and we’re all trying to accomplish a lot. So on those occasions when you listen to your body and give yourself a break from your workout, or eat a piece of cake to celebrate a friend’s birthday, or forget to include vegetables with lunch … just move on. (picture source)
I encourage you to forgive yourself actively. While it may feel funny to speak out loud to yourself, it’s worth a shot. And if you don’t do that, just take a moment to pause and say (in your head), “It’s OK. This is no big deal and I’m doing the best I can, which is pretty darn great. I’m moving on to bigger and better things. I forgive myself and will not let myself stress about this anymore.” (picture source)
Anyway, I knew I had to get in a recipe to celebrate the very last week (ever!) of Heather’s Meatless Mondays from A to Z link-up. This week’s ingredient was zest, and the possibilities were endless. However, I had a (very) brown plantain just waiting to be made into a baked good, and had just ordered matcha powder for the first time after reading so much about the health benefits of matcha. So, here you have the result … healthy and delicious Lemon Matcha Muffins!
These muffins are grain-free, gluten-free, far more nutritious than your average muffin, have a rich, custard-like texture, and make a great afternoon snack. Enjoy!
Lemon Matcha Muffins
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So tell me in the comments … When is the last time you forgave yourself? What can you forgive yourself for today? Have you ever tried matcha? How about baking with plantains?