Once upon a time there was a Daddy Bear, a Mama Bear, and their two boy bears, Brother Bear and Little Bear.
Little Bear was so excited to be starting kindergarten this year and was counting down the days until school started. When it finally did, Little Bear was even more excited that many of his friends were in his class, including his very best friend! The Bear family was looking forward to a great year filled with many fun new experiences and new and old friends to share them with.
And then, something very bad happened. On the fourth day of school Little Bear brought home a letter from school saying that there were too many new kindergarteners this year and they had to make a new class. The letter did not say which bears were going to be switched and it didn’t say who the new teacher was either. Mama Bear was quite confused.
The very next day at school when he got off the bus with Brother Bear, Little Bear was told that he was going to the new class. He had to leave the teacher he already knew (it was Brother Bear’s teacher too) and all of his good friends and go to a new class with a teacher he didn’t know, and a room full of kids he didn’t know in an already new and very big school. Little Bear was very sad, and very frightened. Little Bear started to cry.
Mama Bear got a call from Friend Bear who told her that Little Bear was crying harder than he had ever seen him cry before. Mama Bear was very worried. Mama Bear went to school as soon as she could to see what was going on. Mama Bear didn’t know Little Bear’s teacher’s name or even where her classroom was. Mama Bear was not happy.
Do you know what happens when something upsets a Mama Bear?
Claws come out and teeth get gnashed.
(Looks like Mama Bear could also use a visit to Dentist Bear.)
Little Bear was doing better by the time she got there, and Mama Bear gave him a big hug and kiss.
She met the new teacher and asked her what the heck was going on. She said Mama Bear should have a talk with Principal Bear. First Mama Bear had lunch with Baby Bear and played on the playground with him and his friends, and then went back to the business of making someone pay for making not just Little Bear, but all the kindergarten bears, so upset. And for not telling the grownup Bears what was happening. Mama Bear wanted to bite someone.
Mama Bear made some unsuccessful calls, and then wrote a long email to Principal Bear which resulted in a meeting scheduled with Principal Bear the next morning. Mama Bear was going to the principal’s office for the first time in her whole life!
After she put her big girl pants on, she needed a comforting, fueling breakfast. And naturally, as any Bear would in such a situation, she made a Protein Muffin.
But not the usual Protein Muffin. A Pumpkin Protein Muffin. Even though it is not officially fall yet, Mama Bear thought this was the perfect time to break into the pumpkin.
Pumpkin Protein Muffin
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients (Makes 1 serving)
- 2 eggs
- 1 T coconut flour
- 1 T brown rice flour
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp pure maple syrup
In a microwave-safe bowl, lightly beat eggs.
Add pumpkin and the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.
Microwave on high for about 5 minutes until set and cooked through (some microwaves may need less time).
Turn out onto a plate.
Top with your choice of toppings, and enjoy!
Mama Bear topped hers with a little almond butter and light drizzle of maple syrup.
Mama Bear’s mouth was very happy. So was her tummy. Bears don’t like salmon and honey, they like pumpkin and maple syrup!
With a breakfast like that Mama Bear was ready for her meeting with Principal Bear. She had a big dose of beta-carotene so her vision would be sharp and immune function would be on par, keeping her alert and ready for action. She had plenty of fiber so her blood sugar level would remain stable, and she also had a whoppin’ dose of vitamin C so her blood pressure wouldn’t get too high if she got upset again. If she did though, and things got physical, Mama Bear had plenty of protein to support and repair her strong muscles.
Mama Bear didn’t know she could be so aggressive, but when it comes to her Little Bears, a Mama Bear’s gotta do what a Mama Bear’s gotta do.
(She also needs to eat another pumpkin protein muffin as soon as possible!)