Muffins are Sneaky Little Breakfast Treats
When it comes to minding your waistline, muffins can be pretty deceptive. In many cases, these seeming little innocent breakfast treats can be the largest culprit when it comes to the development of the infamous “muffin top” — full of white flour, oil, butter, sugar, nuts and other no so slimming, but delicious ingredients. By no means am I a muffin basher, I just want people to be aware of what they are getting themselves into when they dig in to the “whole wheat,” “reduced fat” or even “gluten free” muffin. Like anything, some are better than others, but your average treat is going to be loaded with processed flour, white sugar and excess fat — and cost you about 350-500 calories. And for that high caloric cost, you often lack nutritive value, fiber and protein.
The Anti-Muffin Top Muffin to the Rescue!
Now here’s the deal — I bake muffins all the time. Most of the time I use a recipe and sub out only a few heathy ingredients for not so skinny ones. There are several recipes on this blog that are a result of my trial and error efforts. I believe strongly in the muffin concept because it’s a portable snack for breakfast and you have the power to really boost your nutrition depending on how creative you get with your ingredients. Last week I got really adventurous and I just went for the full bore #Imgoingtoliveforever muffin and threw in only grade A, healthy optimizing, radiant inducing ingredients.
A Word of Caution about the Anti-Muffin Top Muffin
This muffin is not to be given the same level of expectation as a real muffin. There is no added sugar, fat, or processed flour. So when I threw these together in a week of “detox” I was shocked they tasted even the least bit good — in fact, I really got to like them. And I just loved having them on hand for when I needed a satisfying, portable and healthy snack ASAP. The secret is you have to treat these as a super food, and let that be what drives your appreciation. The fact that they don’t taste so bad is really just a perk 😉 These are an add on to my 21-Day Diet Detox System, great for leftovers, gluten free, vegetarian and low carbohydrate.
The Anti-Muffin Top Muffin Recipe
- 1 cup Raw Oats
- ½ cup Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 2 T ground Flax Seeds
- 1 T Chia Seeds
- 1 ½ cup Juicer Pulp*
- 1 Egg
- 1 Egg White
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
*Pulp from apple, carrot, spinach juice
- Preheat oven to 375 and prepare muffin pans with liners (optional) and non-fat cooking spray.
- Use a food processor to grind up the oats and add to a large bowl. Add the protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, flax and chia seeds. Stir well to combine dry ingredients.
- In a small bowl mix together juicer pulp, egg, egg white, vanilla and almond milk.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well. Fold in walnuts.
- Evenly divide the mixture in to the prepared muffin pan and bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.
Get Your Week Started on the Right Foot with the Right Food!
These are a great strategy for those busy, on the go folks who have high quality, low fat, low calorie needs! Swing by the grocery store today and pick up the missing ingredients and make them tonight with your evening health boosting juice 🙂 Or if you juice in the morning, then store the pulp in an air tight container and make them tomorrow night. If you don’t juice, then try shredding carrots, spinach and use 1/2 cup of apple sauce.
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