Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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Once again I am trying to find my way back to eating healthy. I am working on increasing my fiber intake and decreasing how much sugar I eat. I recently read that a female should only have 24 grams of sugar a day, men should have 36 grams at most and children only 9 grams. When I think of all the sugary things I love, I am very aware of the massive quantity of sugar I must put into my body each day. Because I do like treats I don’t know if I will ever be able to cut back to 24 grams on a regular basis but I figure I can at least try to make healthy improvements.

Something I have discovered lately is refrigerated coconut milk. One cup is only 6 grams of sugar and it naturally has a sweet taste to it. I have been trying to incorporate this into my foods as a sugar replacement to see if it helps. I think it does! Thankfully the flavor is not so strong that it makes everything taste like coconut… If you are someone who doesn’t enjoy that flavor. I love coconut so it doesn’t bother me!

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This morning I came up with a chocolate chip banana muffin. Normally I don’t really care too much for chocolate chips in my breakfast foods (even if it tastes good) because it doesn’t seem very healthy. I realized though, in making these muffins, that chocolate chips have a lot less sugar in them than sugar does. In a small quantity they add just enough sweetness to make a yummy muffin.

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
1 Cup Coconut Milk (from the refrigerator section)
1 Cup Oatmeal
2 Tbs. Whole Flax Seeds
1/2 Cup Whole wheat Flour
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
2 Eggs
1/4 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 Bananas (chopped into small pieces)
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1 Tbs. Oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a bowl combine coconut milk, oats and flax seeds and let sit for 10 minutes. In a separate bowl mix together flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and chocolate chips. Set aside.

After 10 minutes add the eggs, vanilla and oil to the oat mixture. Stir well and then add the flour mix to it. Once combined mix in the bananas.

Pour into greased muffin tins. Makes 12 muffins,
Each muffin has 4.5 grams of sugar and 2.6 grams of fiber. If I was magical I’d like to decrease the sugar even more but then I realized…If I add half a cup of brown sugar to this then I am adding 106 grams of sugar to the recipe. This would mean that each muffin had 13.3 grams of sugar. I think 4.5 grams doesn’t sound so bad.

Now these aren’t crazy sweet but I enjoyed their healthy taste for a good morning treat! I hope you enjoy!

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4/11: Honey Mustard Ham & Brussel Sprouts with Cheesy Coconut Milk Grits

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For lunch today I decided to create something new with the leftovers we had in our fridge. I threw 2 oz. of ham (100 calories) and steamed Brussel sprouts (50 calories) in a pan to saute with a little of the sweet glaze from the ham. This made me think of one of my favorite sandwiches… hot ham and cheese with mustard. To recreate this goodness I added a little mustard to the pan. For a complete meal I still needed a carb and I liked the idea of having something cheesy to create this deconstructed sandwich. I whipped up some grits (110 calories) in the microwave, added a 1/2 ounce of cheddar cheese (55 calories) and 1 tbs. of coconut milk (20 calories and another thing needing to be used up). I placed the grits on a plate and topped them with the ham and brussel sprouts. It was so good! One of my new favorite lunches! Total lunch = 335 calories.