I’m not making any New Years Resolutions this year. Instead, I’m going to keep working on being postive and making 2016 a really great year. Part of that is to continue my journey to eliminate as many pre-packaged foods as I can from our diet. I’ll keep trying to make as much as I can from scratch. My favorite transformation carrying over from 2015 has been breakfast. I had gotten accustomed to eating organic cereal bars because they’re fast and easy. And organic. Which is nice, but they are also pre-packaged and therefore highly processed and packed with preservatives and other junk we probably just don’t need in our food. So I though about what I could replace those cereal bars with, and my answer? Home-made muffins. (Unlike Elaine, I eat the bottoms as well as the tops.)
Muffins are quick and easy to make, and the varieties are endless. Oatmeal muffins and banana nut muffins and cinnamon apple muffins (I skipped the topping on these to cut down on the sweetness). And when I get a craving for those big grocery store muffins that used to be my favorite, a batch of these helps.
I’m starting my 2016 muffin journey by pulling out an old muffin cookbook I bought years ago. It contains 100 muffin recipies and I plan to bake my way through it page by page.
The nice thing about this cookbook is that the recipes are a bit healthier than the ones I’m finding on the web. The author battles high cholesterol and her recipes reflect that. I must admit, I do use whole eggs in place of the egg whites or egg substitute her recipes call for, but overall the muffins are still lower in fat and more healthy.
Small changes amount to big progress, right? Here’s hoping!!