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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday Switch: Making healthy muffins at home

(Photo via GetNatured)

Muffins, as healthy as they may seem, may be loaded with calories and fat. Consider this example: one single blueberry muffin from Costco contains 610 calories, 32 grams of fat, and 40 grams of sugar! Yikes!

If you are careful about which muffins you choose or, better yet make your own, they can be a good breakfast or snack food.

Here are 4 tips for making healthier muffins at home:
  1. Reduce the sugar by half. If your recipe calls for 1 cup, only use 1/2 cup.
  2. Replace all-purpose flour with whole wheat or spelt flour.
  3. Replace 25% of the flour with protein powder or wheat germ.
  4. Replace up to 3/4 of the fat (oil, butter, etc.) with unsweetened applesauce or mashed bananas.

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