Calming Vegan Muffins
We are in the home stretch of this pandemic and we need to find ways to stay calm. This can be a daunting task but self care is necessary when we find ourselves falling down the pit of despair. We tend to put others needs or wants before our own and self care often becomes an afterthought. Self care is about taking care of our mental, emotional and physical health. To be there for others, we need to first be there for ourselves. When we take the time to restore our energy and emotions, we have a greater capacity for the things that matter. Relationships, friendships, productivity, creativity, communication skills and decision making all improve when we feel our best! Self care doesn’t have to be a luxury either; it can be as simple as going for a bike ride around your neighbourhood, taking a bubble bath or baking a fresh batch of your favourite vegan muffins. Setting aside time for the little things that bring you joy is the simplest form of self care.
These Calming Raspberry Vegan Muffins bring us a whole lot of joy, and there’s something about baking that’s so relaxing. It gives us something to focus on mentally and physically, and helps us let go of what we cannot control. That fresh baked aroma fills the kitchen and reminds us of happy times. This recipe will do just that and a whole lot more because we’ve substituted the liquid for Thrive Remedies Calm Organic Adaptogenic Tea. Calm is a blend of rooibos tea, hibiscus, rosehips, passionflower and chamomile. These herbs are known for their ability to promote a sense of rest and relaxation and are the perfect addition for some much needed self care. You can find some more calming self care ideas below the recipe.
Calming Vegan Muffins Recipe
- 2 cup flour of your choice
- Pinch of Himalayan salt
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ⅓ cup of avocado oil or vegan butter
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup Thrive Remedies Calm + ⅓ cup for the chia egg
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
Optional:2 tbsp maple syrup, agave or cane sugar to add some extra sweetness. You can also crush the frozen raspberries before adding them for a slightly different texture. Make sure to do it while there still frozen though so they don’t go mushy.
- To make a chia egg, mix 2 tbsp chia seeds with ⅓ cup of Thrive Remedies Calm in a glass and let rest for 5 minutes.
- After the 5 minutes add vanilla, oil and one cup of Thrive Remedies Calm tea, to the chia egg and stir.
- Next add flour, baking powder, salt and sugar to the liquid ingredients and gently stir until fully combined.
- Add frozen raspberries and stir a couple more times.
- Grease a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray or oil and divide the muffins into all 12 spots evenly.
- Cook at 400 for 25 – 30 min, until golden brown.
Calming Self Care IdeasSelf care is essential for resisting life’s stressors. We can’t avoid stress, it’s a part of life, but we can make our mind, body and soul more resilient to all forms of stress. Try some of these out self care ideas this weekend #selfcaresunday, or keep them in your arsenal for the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Get ActiveSpend an hour doing your favourite activity or try a new one! Have you tried a spin class or hot yoga yet? We highly recommend them.
Spring CleaningSpend 30 minutes tidying something you’ve been putting off, like the junk drawer you can never find anything in. These small accomplishments can be satisfying and help calm the mind.
Go for a DriveGo for a drive to the countryside and watch the sunrise/ sunset. Abbotsford has some spectacular views!
Soak Your Troubles AwayLight your favourite candle, pour yourself a glass of Thrive Remedies and soak in a salt bath for 30 minutes.
Be a Book WormRelax for an hour, no distractions, in your favourite chair, with a cup of warm tea and a new book.
Refresh YourselfHave an at home spa session. Give your self a manicure or pedicure and try a homemade facemask.
Catch Some Zzzz’sUpgrade your sleep hygiene. Put some fresh sheets on your bed, add some lavender to your diffuser, hang some blackout curtains, download soothing bedtime soundtracks and go to bed an hour earlier.
IndulgeMake a dish or dessert you love and eat it; everyone needs to indulge once in a while. It’s why cheat days exist. Constantly depriving yourself of certain foods can make you tense.
Get OutsideGo on an adventure around your city. Try a hike you’ve never done before or camp at a local campsite for the night. The fresh air will keep you feeling refreshed and give you a break from your house.
Dress Like You Used to Before the PandemicGet dressed up, even if you don’t have anywhere to go. Most of us have been living in our pyjamas or sweat pants because of Covid. Try putting on an outfit other than sweat pants, be adventurous cut your hair, don’t worry it grows back. It will give you some calm confidence!
Just BreathBreath; there are breathing exercises that only take a minute or two, or you can do a 10 minute meditation exercise. Breathing can elevate your mood and improve brain function, while keeping you calm and relaxed.
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