Making Plans… And Blackberry Oatmeal Muffins!

by Zach on January 20, 2014

Motivation

Hey Guys, hope you’re prepping to have an amazing week!  I thought I would share with you some of the things that I do when I need to have an incredibly productive week and I want to get good results (with my work, my school and my fitness)!  After I give you some simple tips, I’ll share with you one of my favorite recipes for quick, healthy, and easy oatmeal muffins you can make and then have all week for an on-the-go snack!

The bottom line is that if you want to be successful with anything, you have to make a plan.  So there are two things that I plan during the week, my meal plan and my schedule. When it comes to your schedule there are three things you need to remember to block out time for:

  • Work/School – Regardless of if you have one or both – they are non-negotiable!
  • Workout Time -  Take the time to right it down and set it in stone, then it’s harder to skip because the I don’t have time excuse goes out the window!
  • Chores, Obligations, and Personal Work – For me this means I need to remember to schedule time to blog and to do laundry!  For you it may mean leaving time to run errands, do your laundry, or even reading business books to work on your career.

If you have a hard time planning out your week using a calendar app – i know I do – think about getting a week at a glance planner!  While I need to get better at using this tool, I know that when I do, my weeks are amazingly more successful!

Once you have the week’s schedule planned out, plan out your meals!  I try and plan out my meals each and every week, but I find that i don’t always stick to them 100%!  Even though you may not follow the plan to a “t” it makes it easier to know what you options are are reach for something healthy instead of the always tempting fast food!  I like to print off this little worksheet I created and fill it in, it takes some time up front but it helps to beat temptation down the road!

Meal Planner

Click Here to Download the Meal Plan Worksheet

When you take the time to make plans, it’s going to save you so much time and hassle in the long run!   So take 1-2 hours on Saturday, Sunday (or this Monday if you have it off like me – YAY!) and plan out the whole week.  Knowing what you are doing and when can remove a lot of stress from your life.

Now as promised I have a little bonus for you, I make a dozen of these muffins if I think my week is going to be busy, then I have a grab and go snack I can pair with an apple or banana to eat between meals.

I made Blackberry Oatmeal, but you could use any fresh berry – blueberries, strawberries or even raspberries!  I found this recipe online and made a few adjustments a long time ago, but for the life of me I can’t remember where it was – so if you know let me know and I’ll post a link to the original!

Blackberry Oatmeal Muffins

Blackberry Oatmeal Muffins

Ingredients:

1 ½ Cups rolled Oats

1 Cup Flour (You could also use oat flour by grinding a cup of oats to keep it gluten free)

¼ Cup Ground Flax Seeds (I use whole flax seeds and grind them in my Vitamix)

½ Cup Almond Milk

½ Cup Applesauce (Try to find the “natural” or unsweetened applesauce)

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Vanilla

1/3 Cup Agave Nectar (You could probably use coconut sugar, but may need more almond milk to keep the batter moist!)

2 Cups of Fresh Berries (I used black berries because they were on sale at Costco)

Ingredients

Directions:

 

  • Preheat the Oven to 425 degrees
  • Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl (oats, flour, ground flax and baking soda)
  • Mix the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl (almond milk, applesauce, vanilla, and agave nectar)
  • Stir the wet and the dry ingredients together until they are completely combined (don’t over mix)
  • Fold in the fresh fruit of your choice
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes at 425 degrees
  • Let cool for 15-25 minutes after they are done, this will allow them to get a little stiffer and help prevent them from sticking to the pan!

 Muffins Finished

Store the finished muffins in a Tupperware container lined with some paper towels to help absorb moisture and maintain the texture.  Then pack them in your lunch and enjoy through the week!

I hope you have a great week, remember to plan it out – the key to success with your health and fitness goals is to prep and plan ahead!

If you enjoyed this recipe – please Pin it on your Pintrest Recipe Board!

Until Next Time,

Zach Spuckler

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Kayla January 20, 2014 at 11:57 am

Umm….yummm! I wonder if I can use almond flour or coconut flour to make these!? I love muffins with fruit. A plan is a must for me….I literally would crawl up into a ball (fetal position preferably) and cry without a plan. I love using Awesome Note app for to-do lists and other tasks!

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Zach January 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm

You 100% can – I THINK the original recipe used a GF flour, so the whole things would be healthy, happy and Gluten Free!

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Mallory January 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Great post! I love having foods on hand, that my body digs, so I whip them out quickly during the week. It is nice to see that you leave yourself/us some flexibility..lots of folks don’t and then feel all kinds of bad about themselves for slipping up. Thanks for the the read!

p.s.The muffins look super yummy!

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Zach January 20, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Hey Mallory,

Thanks for mentioning the flexibility! You’re right! One cookie won’t be the death of you when it pops up – but if you don’t plan you eat the whole bag! And thanks for the compliment on the muffins.

Zach

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Shay de Silva January 20, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Looks delicious! Can’t wait to give them a try. I usually find that when trying to bake gluten free, it helps to mix a few different types of flours. Maybe try mixing almond and coconut, Kayla? Sometimes the baking times are a little different, too. At least it’s always a fun experiment!

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William Butler January 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Awesome! Another healthy recipe to add to the kitchen. Thanks Zach!

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Chris January 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm

I’ve never even thought of making muffins out of blackberries even though I love them. Way to shatter the established muffin paradigm, Zach! Hahaha. These look so good though, definitely gonna have to PLAN some time out to make them like you mentioned in the first half of the post. I really need to get better at that, too, and this post was the kick in the butt I needed. Thanks brother.

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Zach January 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Hey Chris,

Glad I could kick you into gear!

I wasn’t sure how they would turn out either, BUT hey when berries are cheap a college vegan jumps on it am I right?

Print out that menu – you’re an established vegan but that little plan will help you out a little bit!

Thanks for reading,

Zach

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Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit January 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Yum those look awesome and I’m SUCH a planner! I have a calendar I print every Monday for the week to keep tabs on my schedule. I also plan my meals and workouts! It helps so much when I have something I can stick to.

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Zach January 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Thanks for saying they look yummy – they sure tasted yummy too lol!

On the weeks that I don’t plan I feel like everything is falling apart hahaha!

Thanks for Reading,

Zach

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Adrienne January 20, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Hey Zach,

We all definitely need to schedule time in our lives if we have certain things we need to be sure and include.

I don’t exercise, at least not the way most people do but I walk every single day weather permitting. I get in 30 minutes a day and I go depending on what time of the year it is. Like right now I get out about 3:30 in the afternoon when I know it’s the warmest part of the day. I don’t like cold weather at all. I just know how good walking is for you so I have made it a daily habit.

Those muffins do sound good so I have another recipe to add to my list now. Thank you so much for sharing that with us.

Great information and hope you have a wonderful week.

~Adrienne

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Zach January 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Hey Adrienne,

What do you mean you don’t exercise! I think walking everyday in the awesome fresh air is 100% considered exercise! Keep doing what your doing, it’s the small things that make big changes in the long run! Also, be sure to let me know how the muffins turn out!

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