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!



October Favorites!

1. Ultimate Woman Vitamin: Packed with high doses of essential vitamins for women with a slow release formula. There is an Ultimate Man vitamin as well! You can find this at Vitamin Shoppe.

2. Light coconut milk: an excellent alternative to cow’s milk for cooking and eating cereal. I am not a fan of the taste of almond or soy. Very inexpensive.

3. Agave syrup: Though the grams of sugar are no less than honey, this is a low glycemic index food. Click here for more information.

4. Dorot chopped cilantro (frozen): Dorot sells basil, garlic, and more. Very convenient for soups this winter!

5. Rapunzel Vegan Bouillon Cubes: I have never used a vegan substitute that did not taste like warm celery juice! This one is delicious and I finally do not have to feel guilty for missing chicken broth!

6. Flax seed meal: Flax seeds are a miracle! Not only can you blend them in a smoothie and make hair gel, but you can also use the ground flaxseeds to make a vegan substitute for eggs. Just mix with water. It works wonders when I make homemade veggie burgers.

7. Savory Thins: This is a Trader Joe’s product. These delicious crackers are only 130 calories for 15 crackers. Their savory and  nutty flavor make a great snack and can also be a part of a party platter.

Check out the video: