Bran Muffins – A Fiber Lover’s Dream

Do you know the muffin man? Well, I don’t either. But if I did – I’d ask him to make me these super yummy bran muffins that I would then proceed to eat warm out of the oven and slathered in butter. The following recipe has been modified from one I found in the America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook. I’ve added a few extra ingredients to up the nutritional punch and moistness of the of the original. Slabs of butter non-withstanding (I refuse to apologize for my love of oh-so-delicious butter) these muffins are so incredibly good for you and make a great on-the-go breakfast when combined with my Banana-Almond Smoothie. Round your morning meal out with some protein in the form of a hard boiled egg and you’re good to go! Continue reading

You say Smoothie, I say Bananas!

My dad might be psychic – for Christmas this year he bought me a blender, something I’ve been wanting for a while but finding hard to justify the purchase of what with my already at-a-premium counter space. And what better use of a blender than smoothies, smoothies, smoothies! (Except maybe Margaritas) Needless to say, my son is thrilled. And I’m pretty happy too to add another quick and healthy breakfast option to my morning. Here’s one of my favorites. Not only does it taste great but the oats make it suprisingly filling and a good source of fiber to keep you going. I like my smoothie alongside a slice of whole wheat toast topped with peanut butter, sliced banana and a generous drizzle of honey. Yum, yum, yum – then I’m ready for a full day of massages and superhero pretend play. Bring it on Batman! Continue reading