Monday, October 09, 2006

Have a Heart Healthy Snack

I would like to say thanks to Audrey over at the SugarFreeStyle blog for giving me this recipe. These muffins are packed with fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. They can also be part of an overall healthy diet since they're made with margarine instead of butter. Enjoy and please let me know what you think!

Healthier Blue Berry Muffins
1 Box of Duncan Hines Bakery Style Blue Berry Muffins
2 cups frozen blue berries
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup whole flax seeds
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
One egg
Crunchy Topping
2Tbsp light margarine
1/2 cup Splenda Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Splenda for Baking
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Pinch of salt (to taste)

Preheat the oven and prepare the muffin batter according to the directions on the box (adding the canned blue berries, egg, and water or milk). Then add the frozen BB, oatmeal, protein powder, and flax seeds. Check batter consistency. Add one egg and a little more water if the muffin batter is too thick. Spoon batter into muffin cups or into greased muffin pan. For the topping, melt the margarine in a sauce pan and remove from heat. Next, add the splenda and the pecans and a pinch of salt. Stir all ingredients. Topping should be moist and crumbly. Top each muffin with the mixture and bake as directed on the box. They should come out of the oven when the tops are golden brown. Note: because of the added protein, they will have a different consistency than standard muffins (might be a little chewy). Play around with the recipe to adjust it to meet your taste/preferences. Hope you enjoy!

Nutritional advantages:
Higher fiber
High protein
Lower Glycemic load
Omega 6 and Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Increased anti-oxidants

1 comment:

kate said...

The Glycemic Index (GI) is a measure of the amount and the rate of increase in blood sugar after eating a carbohydrate. This is also known as the glycemic load. The higher the GI, the larger the rise in blood sugar and the release of insulin. This is important because the more insulin in your system, the more fat you retain.

A calorie ratio of 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent proteins, and 30 percent fat minimizes your glycemic load (insulin) and thus the fat you retain. This balance also provides the three key macro nutrients needed to keep a body in hormonal balance.