I must confess that I have a HUGE… and I mean HUGE fear of the dentist. Yes, I know that it is an irrational fear. All they are doing is cleaning your teeth, right?. But none the less the fear is still there.
Let’s just take a moment and think about what happens at the dentist shall we. They put you in this chair and immediately recline you back. Then they start shoving these crazy metal objects in your mouth and tell you to bit down so they can take an x-ray. Upon which they then leave the room to push a button, and you are left there alone, sitting in the chair like a caveman bitting down on some bone. (also add in the fact that you can’t move or they will have to do it again) Once, they have finished the x-rays they recline you down even further in the chair. Reminding you there is no escape even if you wanted to, they shove a bright light in your eye and move it closer to your face as if putting your teeth in an interrogation room. (Dental Hygienist “good cop” …. intense metal hook about to scrap your teeth “bad cop”) So you take a deep breath, close your eyes and they start scraping and scraping… and scraping. There is just something about the sound of metal on your TEETH that doesn’t sound natural to me. Almost like nails on a chalk board… eeekk. Now, that the metal hook is finished enter the “SonicBrush”. Another metal hook brush that vibrates and sprays water at you! Oh.. great! But don’t worry… it really gets your teeth clean. As they are finishing up with the SonicBrush they say, “Okay, almost done. We just need to polish your teeth and then floss.” Praise the Lord, it is almost time to get out of this “death chair”! As you can almost see the end in sight the light at the end of the tunnel, they ask you the ever dreaded question. “How often do you floss?” Hmm… Do you? “A”, pretend you didn’t hear them because of all the chiseling noise from the SonicBrush going on in the background? “B”, tell the truth, because the truth will set you free! Or, “C”, give a slightly exaggerated answer hoping they will be pleased … “a couple times a week”. (I usually choose option C because I am a people pleaser.) As the Dental Hygeinst is finishing up your teeth the actual Dentist pops in to give you their “stamp of approval”. Do you have cavities or not, that is the question? So much stress and anxiety all packed into one visit to the dentist. Sheeshh!
I have another confession. I haven’t gone to the Dentist since I moved to Texas….. six years ago!!!
I finally decided to put on my “big girl panties”, get over my fears and go to the dentist.
Well… it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I made it through and the Dental Hygienist was super nice, which made the visit much more bearable. My report: NO CAVITIES!!! But I do need to get my wisdom teeth pulled. 🙁 Still a success in my book.
So.. to celebrate I am making a sweet treat. My favorite muffin… Morning Glory Muffins. They are packed with lots of veggies but still are a little sweet treat! You will love them. 🙂
To get started. Preheat your oven to 350º. Chop 1 Fuji Apple (peeled, and cored) into small dices then grate 1/2 cup of carrots.
In a large bowl, mix 1 1/3 cup of whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. of baking soda, 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp. of salt.
Set aside. In a small bowl, mix together 2 eggs, 1 tsp. of vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt.
Mix wet mixture together with dry mixture. Once all ingredients are incorporated add diced apples, 1/2 cup carrots, 1/2 cup seedless raisins, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1/4 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut.
Stir ingredients gently until combined. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin tins.
Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until cooked through. Bon Appetite! 🙂
- 1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 fuji apple, cored, peeled, and diced
- 1/2 cup seedless raisins
- 1/2 cup grated carrots
- 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
- Preheat your oven to 350º.
- Chop Fuji Apple (peeled, and cored) into small dices then grate 1/2 cup of carrots.
- In a large bowl, mix whole wheat flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and salt.
- In a small bowl, mix together eggs, vanilla extract, and plain greek yogurt.
- Mix wet mixture together with dry mixture.
- Once all ingredients are incorporated add apples, carrots, seedless raisins, chopped pecans, shredded unsweetened coconut.
- Stir ingredients gently until combined.
- Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin tins.
- Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until cooked through. Bon Appetite! 🙂
(Recipe adapted from Whole Foods Market)