Muffins

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    Sep 17, 2009 6:04 PM GMT
    I'm not sure if this warrants its own thread but I would love some insight about Muffins in a diet from all you RJers.

    I have a, what I would consider, quite healthy diet. Breakfast is usually egg whites and fruit. Lunch is a salad and a smoothie. And Dinner is typically salmon, chicken, or sushi. Intermixed between meals are snacks like almonds and such.

    Lately I've realized that I have a weakness for muffins and am confused about their nutritional content. When possible, I choose low-fat, oat, or bran muffins but even still, I'm suspect about their constitution. Is there any such thing as a healthy muffin? Are they as terrible as cake batter? Anyone have comments on these delectable little things?
  • Timbales

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    Sep 17, 2009 6:10 PM GMT
    I'd recommend making them from scratch yourself so that you can control what is going into them.
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    Sep 17, 2009 8:54 PM GMT
    Yeah, try not to buy ready made muffins from the store. They're usually full of fats/oils. Make them yourself. I think you can buy whole wheat muffin mixes at most markets. Or you can make them completely from scratch, like Timberoo suggested.
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    Sep 18, 2009 1:26 AM GMT
    Processed carbs are junk food plain and simple. Substiturte fruit and nuts for snacks.
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    Sep 18, 2009 2:09 AM GMT
    Muffins make me happy!
    I think anything in moderation and we all need a splurge along the path to good nutrition.
    I eat eggwhites most mornings, so I look forward to my nutty carrot muffin from Whole Foods on Fridays and Sundays.
    It's pretty much all carbs, but I watch my diet the remainder of the day.
    Muffins are a better choice than scones because scones have more fat (Crisco).
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    Sep 18, 2009 2:15 AM GMT
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 (38g)

    Recipe makes 22 servings
    Calories 102
    Calories from Fat 7 (7%)
    Amount Per Serving %DV
    Total Fat 0.8g 1%
    Saturated Fat 0.1g 0%
    Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
    Trans Fat 0.0g
    Cholesterol 0mg 0%
    Sodium 71mg 2%
    Potassium 104mg 2%
    Total Carbohydrate 22.5g 7%
    Dietary Fiber 1.1g 4%
    Sugars 11.6g
    Protein 1.9g 3%
    Vitamin A 7mcg 0%
    Vitamin B6 0.1mg 3%
    Vitamin B12 0.0mcg 0%
    Vitamin C 0mg 1%
    Vitamin E 0mcg 0%
    Calcium 44mg 4%
    Iron 0mg 3%

    23 min | 15 min prep

    SERVES 22

    Banana Doughnuts

    * 2 medium bananas
    * 2 egg whites
    * 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    * 1 cup packed light brown sugar
    * 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    * 3/4 cup whole grain wheat flour
    * 2 teaspoons baking powder
    * 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    * 1 tablespoon sugar
    * 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1. Preheat over to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
    3. In large mixing bowl or in food processor, beat bananas, egg whites, oil and sugars.
    4. Add flours, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla and cinnamon.
    5. Mix well and let stand for 5 minutes.
    6. Scoop out a tablespoon of dough onto baking sheet and use a thin spatula to shape and make center hole.
    7. Repeat until all dough is used.
    8. Bake 6-10 minutes until top is golden.


    They are not very sweet. I like them bc they hit the sweet tooth when needed, have whole wheat in them and I also throw in protein powder that has about 60% of daily vitamins.
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    Sep 18, 2009 2:17 AM GMT
    I LOVE muffins, in particular blueberry ones. I've had to stop eating them while trying to loose weight though icon_sad.gif I used to make my own and the recipes always require ALOT of oil in them (at least from the book I use - the Muffin Bible haha).
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    Sep 18, 2009 3:51 AM GMT
    Muffins are cakes in disguise.icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 18, 2009 6:03 AM GMT
    Try eating a tablespoon or two of sugar str8 up. Well that is what a muffin ,scone or dougnut is with some processed carbs. The fat is actually the only good part.
  • jrs1

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    Sep 18, 2009 6:36 AM GMT

    ... waits for someone to reference Kelly ... " glass muffins ... "
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    Sep 18, 2009 6:46 PM GMT
    Hmm. As simple as making muffins may be. I don't have the time to do it. I'm a slave to my Masters Thesis right now.

    Its slightly comforting to know that they're a better alternative to scones or, dare I say, banana bread. I'm also realizing that this might be a vice in my diet simply due to my constant presence studying in coffee houses. Maybe my diet is being subconsciously guided by my environs... which makes sense. Maybe I should be studying at lifeless libraries instead.
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    Sep 18, 2009 6:50 PM GMT
    jrs1 said
    ... waits for someone to reference Kelly ... " glass muffins ... "


    Hahahahaha. I've been waiting for the same thing.
    I actually thought about putting the video up. Lol
  • Timbales

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    Sep 18, 2009 7:12 PM GMT
    Yogi4Life saidHmm. As simple as making muffins may be. I don't have the time to do it. I'm a slave to my Masters Thesis right now.

    Its slightly comforting to know that they're a better alternative to scones or, dare I say, banana bread. I'm also realizing that this might be a vice in my diet simply due to my constant presence studying in coffee houses. Maybe my diet is being subconsciously guided by my environs... which makes sense. Maybe I should be studying at lifeless libraries instead.


    If you lived closer, I'd bake them for you. I like baking, I just don't want the finished product around.
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    Sep 18, 2009 7:23 PM GMT
    Haha... not that hard to find out nutritional content man... if your making them from the box or buying them from the store... and there's nothing inherently wrong with a muffin every once in a while if its not double fudge chocolate chip... they taste disgusting anyway. That said, never trust a starbucks muffin.
  • jrs1

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    Sep 18, 2009 7:27 PM GMT
    SurferGod13 said
    jrs1 said
    ... waits for someone to reference Kelly ... " glass muffins ... "


    Hahahahaha. I've been waiting for the same thing.
    I actually thought about putting the video up. Lol


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    Sep 18, 2009 7:29 PM GMT
    Hmmm, if a muffin is your happy food, just eat it and enjoy!
    In moderation of course.
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    Sep 22, 2009 2:10 AM GMT
    How about this:

    Banana Almond Muffins
    Submitted by: AMALIYA in sparkrecipes.com

    Ingredients

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease muffin pan with cooking spray.

    Flour, whole grain, 1.5 cup
    Brown Sugar, .5 cup, packed
    Baking Powder, 1 tsp
    Baking Soda, .5 tsp
    whisk together above ingredients, set aside

    Banana, fresh, 1 cup, mashed
    Egg, fresh, 1
    Canola Oil, 5 tbsp
    Flax Seed Meal (ground flax), 6 tbsp
    Dannon Lowfat Vanilla Yogurt, .25 cup
    Vanilla Extract, 1 tsp
    pure almond extract, 1 tsp
    Mix above wet ingredients until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture and stir until blended. Add 1/3 cup sliced almonds and mix thoroughly.

    Fill muffin cups three-quarters full.

    Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean - about 20 minutes.

    Nutritional Info

    * Servings Per Recipe: 12
    * Amount Per Serving
    * Calories: 219.6

    * Total Fat: 10.7 g
    * Cholesterol: 86.3 mg
    * Sodium: 125.8 mg
    * Total Carbs: 26.8 g
    * Dietary Fiber: 3.6 g
    * Protein: 6.3 g

    I baked them yesterday and they're really good!