Yesterday at work I decided to get a muffin at Great Harvest Bread by my office. I was trying to choose a healthy version…they had a Muffin that had cranberries, bits of carrot and it was just out of the oven. It smelled so good! So, of course, after I ate it, I tried to look up the nutritional stats for it. Umm…..most of their muffins are in the 300-400 calorie range and about 15-17 grams of fat and that’s for HALF! Who would eat just half the muffin? The thing that made it worse, is I used to get the Cinnamon chip scone and just that (not including the hot chocolate that I would get with it), was 800 calories!! And 30 grams of fat!!! So, bascially without even knowing it I was starting my day around 1,000 calories! Gross! That’s why I think a lot of people are overweight, because they don’t really realize all the calories in things and how quickly they add up!
That made me think it was time to make these muffins again. I’ve actually only made them once, but at less than 200 calories for a muffin, I will ALWAYS stay on track!
Flax Seed Morning Glory Muffins (my version)
2 Servings Optimum Slim cereal (pulsed in my magic bullet to resemble flour)*I’m sure you could use any other high fiber cereal too
2/3 cup skim milk
1 cup all purpose flour
¾ cup ground flax meal (you can buy it already ground up)
1 small banana – mashed
2 carrots, shredded
1/2 cup sugar
3 ounces yogurt (any flavor) – I used cherry pomegranate
3 tablespoons chocolate chips
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt
Add all the ingredients into a big bowl. I stirred it with a spoon for about a minute. I sprayed a muffin tin with Pam and then divided the batter into 12 muffins. Bake it at 350 degrees for about 17 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Each muffin is:
Do you look up the nutritional value of things you eat before you go out to a restaurant if its available? OR….would you rather not know?