Monthly Archives: June 2010

A Muffin A Day…

I got this tasty muffin recipe from my friend Sarah’s blog. Unlike the muffins you buy at your local bakery or food store, these are made with whole grains and rolled oats instead of enriched, bleached flour (read: highly processed) adding tons of fiber and “good” carbs that will help keep you full for longer. By using unsweetened applesauce in place of most of the oil, you also cut out all the unhealthy saturated fats typically found in store bought muffins. I usually freeze half of the muffins in a big freezer bag and warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds. Enjoy!

Healthy, Hearty Muffin Recipe

– 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
– 1 1/4 cups whole oats
– 1 tsp. baking powder
– 1/2 tsp. baking soda
– 1/4 tsp. salt
– 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
– 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
– 1 cup low-fat buttermilk (can be substituted with 1 cup of plain low-fat yogurt or milk)
– 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 2 tbsp canola oil

Preheat oven to 400. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray or use liners. Mix all the dry ingredients together. Stir in the milk (or yogurt), applesauce and oil. Mix in 1/2 cup of nuts, chocolate chips, and/or dried fruit if desired. Bake for 17-20 minutes and let cool. Makes approximately 16 muffins.


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No more nuts!

So it’s 93 degrees in Connecticut today and I have turned my living room into a cave by closing all the blinds and placing a fan about 6 inches from my face and am trying not to move… The next place we live in has one requirement: A/C!

Okay, so back to the topic of the day: Migraines. Today I met with a neurologist about my migraines that have become more and more frequent and seem to be set off by a combination of exercise and the summer heat. During my visit, I was asked about my diet, caffeine intake and daily water consumption as well as the severity of my migraines. For those of you who suffer from migraines, you are well aware of how painful they are and how disruptive they can be to your daily life. When I say that the migraines I get feel like someone is sticking an ice pick in my eye, I am not exaggerating.

I had never been to this particular neurologist before, but she came highly recommended by the New England Center for Headache. After she examined me and deemed me as “healthy” I was sent home with a headache journal to keep track of my migraines, a list of vitamins to add to my daily regime (Magnesium, Vitamin B2, and Butterbur) and was informed to not eat any hard cheeses or nuts… The pessimist in me had a really hard time not seeing the glass half empty in this dire situation and all I could think about were all the foods I could no longer enjoy if I want to get rid of my migraines:

– No more salted cashews

– No more chunky peanut butter sandwiches

– No more “muscle shakes” (frozen fruit, peanut butter, bananas, milk, yogurt, protein powder)

– No more Manchego cheese on my salads

– No more melted swiss and ham sandwiches

– No more almond milk

Okay, I will stop now before I run to the store and go on a nut and cheese binge. I know things could be worse; she could have told me no more chocolate and coffee, the two things I could not live in this world without.

This article from Woman’s Day magazine lists 9 foods that are supposed to actually help ease or prevent migraines. I am trying to incorporate more of these foods into my diet and will keep you posted on the results.

Do you suffer from migraines? What do you do to stop the pain or prevent them? Have you had to make any special diet changes in order to live migraine free?

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Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Delight

This afternoon I was totally craving a chocolate hot fudge sundae, but instead whipped up this delicious, healthy snack using plain Greek yogurt, half a packet of Three Sisters Dark Chocolate instant oatmeal, and a handful of fresh, organic raspberries. One word: Heaven.

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