“Today, not tomorrow, right Mrs. BZ?”
That’s what one 4th grader said to me while walking down the bustling hallway towards the lunchroom one day. I can’t remember exactly what the conversation was about leading up to this comment, but his quick recall and perfect use of this saying surprised me. It’s funny now some moments keep coming back and speak to you. From thousands of little exchanges that transpire throughout each school day, this one is one of the touching ones that will stick in my memory. I can still see his face as he looks up at me with a twinkle in his eye, and I stumble to find the words to respond. Sometimes a kid can really floor you with his wisdom.
It’s simple enough, yet really a profound statement. Today, not tomorrow. Because tomorrow isn’t a guarantee. If you want something done, do it today. If you want something said, say it today. If you want to change, change today. Today, right now, is all we have.
Things like saying “I love you” or following your dreams always come to mind with sayings like this but it can also apply to pursuing a healthy lifestyle. So often we say, “I’ll start tomorrow,” or “I’ll be better tomorrow,” which is all fine and good in forgiving ourselves for over indulgences. But a healthy lifestyle is each small choice that we make, each moment that we decide to either follow our health goals or ignore them. Today choose to eat right. Today choose to exercise. Today choose to plan for tomorrow to make those same choices a little easier when they arise with tomorrow’s sun. Tomorrow will be a little easier with a little help from today.
Breakfast is so important. It can make or break your day – providing a great kickoff full of nutrients, or a sugar crash an hour later. These muffins are based off of my favorite multi-grain pumpkin muffins, full of sustaining oats and healthy fats: all the things a goddess needs to seize the day with aplomb. I changed up the recipe and added chia seeds and goji berries, which are full of vitamins and antioxidants. Though the jury is still out on the health effects of chia seeds and goji berries (see links for science), certainly they are great for you and an excellent addition to your morning meal. Matcha and avocados, on the other hand, are fully supported by science as superfoods.
Although baking and cleaning up do take time and planning, I’m always glad the next day that I made the effort. I grab a muffin and a banana as I run out the door, ready to make the most of the next 24 hours. Ready, for lack of better words, to harness my inner goddess. Today, not tomorrow!
Green Goddess MuffinsPrint Recipe
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup chia seed
- ¼ cup goji berries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- ½ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Zest of one lemon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 cup avocado purée (about 2 avocados)
- 2 tbsp matcha powder
- 5 tbsp butter, room temperature
- 1 cup milk
- Turbinado sugar for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Combine 5 tbsp butter, avocado, sugar and honey into a stand mixer. Beat until smooth. Add vanilla and mix to combine.
Combine all dry ingredients (flour, oats, chia, salt, baking powder, matcha, lemon zest). Add dry to wet ingredients in two parts, alternating with the milk. Mix slowly to combine, scraping the sides down in between dry ingredient and milk additions. Add berries and stir to combine.
Grease and flour 2 muffin tins or line with paper liners.
Spoon batter into tins about 3/4 full. Sprinkle turbinado sugar on top. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, alternating pan positions halfway through, until tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool on wire racks.