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Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, Plant-Based Chef and Yoga Instructor. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.
Honey Pear Muffins! These lightly sweetened muffins are perfect for snack or breakfast.
I’ve got muffins on the brain. After making my pumpkin muffins last week, I was itching to come up with a new, fall-inspired flavor. Maybe it’s all the cinnamon dust I leave in my wake, but I’ve been baking more in September than I have in the previous few months combined.
These pear muffins are so delicious, I’ve been eating them non-stop. After a few rounds to get them just right, I tested them again just to be sure. Or, so I tell myself. It’s a good problem to have when your kitchen is overflowing with freshly baked muffins. A dozen for me, a dozen for the neighbors. Lightly sweetened and bursting with pear flavor, put these on your must-make for fall.
Since I work from home, my food intake is much more sporadic than it used to be when I was working in an office. Sometimes I eat three square meals and a few snacks, other days I tend to graze without ever sitting down for an actual meal. Being in control of when and where I eat allows me to really tap into my intuitive eater with very few exceptions, which I’m fortunate to have the flexibility to do. However, on crazy busy days, it’s not uncommon for me to head straight to my computer and blow past hunger signs, continuing to work on a project until I’m so famished I can’t think anymore. The exact opposite of an intuitive eater.
For days like these, I like having ready-to-go snacks and meals at the ready. To appeal to the side of my brain that doesn’t want to stop and take a break and the other side, who dreams about food all day long. Is this what winning feels like?
I know I’m not alone in this struggle; I hear from clients that the hardest meals for them to enjoy tend to be the ones they eat at work. They drink only coffee for breakfast, or are too busy to make time, or they scarf down whatever is readily available. Yes, I remember this feeling well. My office meals would sometimes consist of whatever food samples were sent in that day, a spoonful of peanut butter, or a package of almonds I had thankfully stashed in my purse.
There’s a better way! Making time for meals is so, so important, even if you can’t imagine giving up 10 minutes to eat. Or, especially if you can’t imagine giving up 10 minutes to eat. (I’m looking at you breakfast in the car, lunch at your desk or dinner in front of the TV). Eating without distractions helps with pacing, allows you to better understand your fullness cues, and improves satisfaction of the meal. How often do we scarf food at our desk only to be “starving” an hour later? Sure, we ate, but it really wasn’t a break. Take the time for yourself.
Being prepared for these meals is tip #2. If your office breakfast or lunch tends to consist of donuts in the breakroom or pretzels from the vending machine (I’ve done both), then a bit of planning ahead will help. Of course, these muffins top the list. A bite here, another one there, the perfect fuel for busy Monday mornings. Make a batch to take to work with you and you’ll be the office hero. Who needs a stale, grocery-store donut when you’re bringing in homemade honey-pear muffins!?
I’ve partnered with Pacific Foods for their #deskfast challenge, challenging you to upgrade your desk breakfast (deskfest). When I heard about this promotion, I was all in. A chance for me to share one of my favorite breakfast options and encourage others to take time to eat it? Both hands up. You can enter to with the #Deskfest sweepstakes by commenting on the post here.
To make these incredibly moist pear muffins, I’m using one their Organic Vanilla Almond Milk. So creamy and lightly sweetened, it’s my go-to choice for baked goods, cereal and smoothies. Since we go through a lot of almond milk in our house, I also love that it’s shelf stable. I’ve always got a few cartons tucked away in the basement for moments of “do we have any more milk?”
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Honey Pear Muffins! These lightly sweetened muffins are perfect for breakfast or snack.
Don’t forget to share your #deskfast options with Pacific foods for a chance to win a cool prize pack!