I officially don’t like Wednesdays. On Wednesdays I work at a different dialysis clinic that is an hour and 15 minutes from home. And my hours are 10am-8pm, meaning I leave at 8:45am and get home at 9:15pm…ugh. I really like the clinic and the staff, but covering 2nd and 3rd shifts so far from home is obviously not optimal. C’est la vie. I am blessed to have a job…and one that I love, at that 😀
But it is days like yesterday that make me very glad I plan ahead and have easy on-the-go healthy snacks. When Georgie posted the below recipe, I absolutely wanted to try it.…especially since I’ve never used wheat bran before. And what a treat I was missing! A serving of wheat bran, 1/4 cup, is a mere 30 calories and 6 grams of fiber!
Apple Bran Muffins slightly adapted from Ask Georgie
Cooking oil spray or muffin liners
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup wheat bran
2 medium apples, peeled and finely chopped (2¼ cups)
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup skim milk
¼ cup egg whites (2)
¼ cup molasses (I used maple syrup)
2 tablespoons oil (olive, macadamia, or canola)
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat wells of a muffin tin thoroughly with cooking oil spray or place liners in muffin wells.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, bran, apple, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; stir to mix.
In a separate large mixing bowl, stir together applesauce, milk, egg whites, molasses/syrup and oil. Add dry ingredients to wet ones, and stir just until uniformly moistened. Spoon batter into 12 muffin wells.
Bake 18-20 minutes or until tops spring back lightly when touched. Allow to cool completely before removing from tin. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 12 muffins.
Nutrition Information (per muffin): 103 calories; 2.7 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 60 mg. sodium; 18.9 g. carbohydrate; 3.7 g. fiber; 1.6 g. protein
Result: These are great! They are hearty and filling…and remind me so much of fall which is quickly approaching. I don’t think you can beat those nutrition stats, either. One muffin for breakfast? Why not 2 AND a piece of fruit and still come in under 300 calories!
And during my run yesterday I decided that this song is one that always causes an increase in pace! It’s hard NOT to move to this song! The beat is great…the lyrics…um, yeah. It’s the beat I love! 😉
A short day at work and then I’m off to Chicago for a wedding and some over-due time with family & friends! My brother is my date to the wedding…we’ll have a blast, I can’t wait!
Question: What’s your #1 workout tune that always gets you in the workout state of mind?