It’s a fun word, right? Squash. Squish is a good one too, but squish isn’t something you can bake into muffins – at least not ones that sound edible or at all desirable.
I have fears. I have doubts. I have times where I sit and wonder what the heck is going on with the outside world, the global population and, of course my own inside world. The whole spinning globe of crazy that resides right in the very core of me. Sometimes I feel like I have so much pent up love, energy, vibrating nuttiness that if I don’t shake wiggle and dance I will very literally explode. Other times, like a couple of days this last week – I feel like even the slightest sideways glance will send me into a downward spiral of tears and hysteria. Sure, call that being a girl. Call it normal, call it whatever you want to call it. Let me tell you, it can be a real crapshoot trying to get out of such a mood. Be fully aware that feelings like that, raging through like a whirlwind are natural. Despite how insane it can feel, you’re human. I’m human. When I have a day like that it takes a bit of creativity to propel me back into my more typical frequency.
Sometimes I sniff lime oil (no, I am not revealing the newest & hottest thing hitting the streets). You know that amazingly gorgeous smell your hands have after peeling an orange, zesting a lemon or squeezing a lime? Yes that’s the stuff I am talking about! I have a secret stash of lime essential oil in my desk at work that’s only purpose is to sniff and uplift. Creative ways to get out of a bad mood don’t necessarily have to be getting into the kitchen, in front of a canvas or picking up a guitar. There are all sorts of natural external mood enhancers, mood lifters and changers that anyone who tends to have a bit of moodiness should check out! Lime oil, for me is one of those special things. Being a pure essential oil it is incredibly high vibing, non toxic and best of all it’s dirt cheap. Okay okay, if you know anything about oils you know that as a whole they generally aren’t inexpensive, however citrus oils definitely are! It takes much less effort to extract oil from a citrus rind than it does from a rose. In fact, it takes thousands and thousands of roses to make one small vial of rose oil – hence the higher price. Citrus oils are a very cost impressive way to lift yourself out of a crappy head space and back into a happy one.
I can’t think of anyone I know currently or have known in the past that is able to thrive and succeed while remaining in a trashy state of mind. Garbage attitudes breed nothing but more garbage. Sure it isn’t easy when you’re in such a state to just suddenly jump out of it, I’m aware of that. However, I am also aware of the powerful and incredibly impactful healing that can come from an observation of self. Not talking meditation, just observation. I am sure you have had a partner, friend or family member just be in such a foul mood that their actions were nothing short of comical. Observing your own ridiculously grouchy mood in a constructive way can bring about the same type of comedy and inevitable laughter. You know what that then breeds, right? More laughter!
- Take a step back. Not sure how to do that? Well here! Next time you are feeling unreasonably grumpy, envision yourself in an empty movie theater. Sit yourself somewhere in the middle so you have a nice view of the screen. Now, envision yourself splitting – the grumpy part of you stays in your chosen seat while the other part heads up to the projection room. See yourself from that little projection booth. Mentally, you are leaving your grumpy state of mind down below and observing from above. It helps, try it.
- Invest in some essential oils. My favorites that I keep with me include vetiver (ultra grounding), lime (uplifting), mint (helping to aid with digestion, headaches and freshness), as well as jasmine just because it’s pretty.
- Have a time out every now and then. Free yourself, even if it’s just for a few moments, from whatever situation has you down in the dumps. I take time outs very frequently, it helps to clear my head!
- Stay hydrated. Might sound a bit random, but our bodies are mini totally amazing oceans. We need water to stay functioning optimally, dehydration can play a big role in mood changes as well as mental function.
- Get doing something that makes you happy as soon as possible. For me, that’s time in the kitchen all alone. In honor of finding delightfully creative ways to squash a seriously bad mood, I bring you some crazy tasty squash muffins!
Maple, Butternut & Ginger Muffins
2 Cups Flour (of choice)
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
2 Teaspoons Powdered Ginger
2 Pinches of Salt
2/3 Cup Coconut Sugar
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup + 2 Tablespoons
1 Small Butternut Squash
1 Organic Free-run Egg
5 Tablespoons Melted Coconut Oil
1/3 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk + 3 Tablespoons
Cut the squash in half, remove the seeds & fill cavities with maple syrup, bake in the oven preheated to 400 until the squash is tender and very fragrant. Allow to cool, then scoop the flesh out and either mash or puree until smooth. Set aside. Lower the temp on the oven to 350, prepare a muffin tin with cups or grease with coconut oil. Once the puree is cool, taste it to check for sweetness. If the puree isn’t overly sweet, either stir in a touch of maple syrup or add extra coconut sugar to the muffin mix. In a large glass bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, ginger and salt. Add the coconut sugar, mix to combine. In a smaller bowl, mix one cup of cooled squash puree with the egg and coconut milk. Add the squash mixture into the flour mixture, give it a quick once around with a spatula then add the melted coconut oil and mix only until combined. The mixture will be thick. Spoon out one big scoop per muffin cup. Bake for 10 minutes, then gently press one piece of candied ginger into the swelling top of each muffin. Continue baking for another 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before removing. Continue cooling them on a wire rack before storing.0