Blueberry Flax Greek Yogurt Muffins

100_1439Many have gathered the notion that if a food is low calorie, it is healthy and if there are a lot of calories– it is not. It really is not this simple. We need a balance of vitamins, minerals, fat, protein, and of course the right amount of calories. The best foods tend to be really dense in nutrients, but also low in calories. Kale is a good example of this, but I didn’t use any kale in this recipe. 🙂  You will simply buy a good quality blueberry muffin mix (to me this means one that doesn’t use cheap ingredients like animal shortening) and follow the instructions, but with my additions and replacements. You will need:

  • Quality blueberry muffin mix
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • Coconut milk (replace water in recipe)
  • Flavorless oil (I used grapeseed)
  • 3 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • Water
  • 1 egg (other 2 eggs replaced with flax)

In a separate bowl, add 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed meal with 8 to 9 tablespoons of warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes and you will see it take on a gel like texture. Mix all ingredients until flour lumps are nearly gone. Bake according to instructions, but note it may take 5 to 7 minutes longer to bake!  Watch this quick 2 minute video to see how it comes together!

xoxo,

Fifi

Harvest Festival & Halloween Party Treats

With Halloween around the corner, I’d like to share some yummy treats that are great for house parties or for your to enjoy as you pass out candy. Some do not officially celebrate Halloween, but it is still a great day to enjoy movies, warm food, and healthy (and some decadent) treats!

Healthy Chicken Strips from Oprah: http://www.oprah.com/food/Chicken-Strips

Baked Sweet Potato Steak Fries by The Divine Hostess: https://divinehostess.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/sweet-potato-steak-fries/

Spicy Roasted Butternut Seeds from food.com: http://www.food.com/recipe/spicy-roasted-butternut-seeds-pumpkin-seeds-50958

Roasted nuts by Lemons and Anchovies: http://lemonsandanchovies.com/2012/04/spicy-honey-roasted-almonds/#.UI1kOIbueSo

Halloween Cake Pops by Bakerella: http://www.bakerella.com/eye-popping/

Pumpkin bread from My Baking Addiction: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/pumpkin-bread-recipe/

Butter beer from Bakingdotcom: http://www.bakingdom.com/2010/11/butterbeer-oh-yes-friends-butterbeer.html

Chocolate Lover’s Candied Apple by The Sweetest Vegan: