Aug 5, 2015

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3 Things You Can Add To Your Muffins To Make Them Extra Healthy

If you like baking muffins, you might find yourself looking for ingredients to spice them up. Maybe you’re looking for a change of pace from blueberries, chocolate chips and corn. If you are, then you should take the time to use ingredients that are really good for you. There are some really fantastic ingredients that you can add that taste great and will turn your morning muffin into a healthy breakfast.

Here are 3 really healthy ingredients you can add to your muffins.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are indigenous to Mexico. They have become very popular because they are rich in omega fatty acids. In addition to omega fatty acids, they are also a great source of B-complex vitamins and zinc.

You can mix them into the muffin batter, or sprinkle them on top after the batter is poured into the cups, creating a crunchy topping. You can usually find organic chia seeds for sale at local organic food markets.

Acai  Berries

Acai berries have been getting a lot of attention due to their anti-oxidant levels. They are also packed with amino acids, which is fantastic because amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Because muffins tend not to have much, if any protein, this is a great way to boost your morning muffin into a protein rich breakfast.

You can get dried acai berries and mix them in as if they were blueberries.

Walnuts

Walnuts are an amazing source of omega fatty acids. They have been called the best nut for your heart. They also provide fat and protein. This is important because if you’re eating a muffin for breakfast you want fat and protein, not just carbs.

A great way to add walnuts to your muffins is to create a healthy streusel. Crush walnuts and combine them in a bowl with brown sugar and coconut oil (instead of butter) and spoon it over your muffins when they are halfway done cooking. You’ll end up with a super crunchy muffin with loads of anti-oxidants and healthy fats.

Fresh Cranberries

If you haven’t made cranberry muffins, then you should definitely do so. They are a great mixture of sweet and tangy. Cranberries are loaded with anti-oxidants, specifically vitamin C. They are also excellent at preventing urinary tract problems as well as kidney stones.

However, you shouldn’t use dried cranberries because they contain sugar. Instead, use fresh cranberries; purchase a bag of fresh cranberries, wash them and soak them in water. If you’ve never handled fresh cranberries they might seem too hard. Don’t worry; they soften up in the muffin during the bake.

The sourness of the cranberry provides an excellent counterpoint to the sweetness of the muffin.

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