January 5, 2012

Secret of Adulthood: Fiber



I've been asking friends and acquaintances about their New Year resolutions.  Some said they resolutely had no resolutions (and, I might add, seemed to be in a bad mood when they said it....hmmm). Other responses were more mundane, mostly not very specific.




One of the fun-to-contemplate concepts in the book The Happiness Project  (visit her blog here) was her list of life's wisdoms she calls "Secrets of Adulthood". I liked her list, and have, at her suggestion, started compiling my own.
As someone who has suffered from tummy trouble for a good part of adulthood, I submit to you one of my secrets:


It's ALL about the fiber... 

Potty humor aside, it's hard to get too much of the stuff. I am constantly on the hunt for tasty, on-the-go sources. In my world, fiber and flax are two big players in the fountain of youth, and this recipe on a Kashi cereal box has both. I made them this week.

MAPLE BANANA FLAX MUFFINS

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

2 cups Kashi 7 Whole Grain Flakes cereal (crushed to one cup)

1/4 cup ground flax seeds

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2)

1 cup low fat buttermilk

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup canola oil (I used Flax Oil instead...)

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional



In medium bowl, combine whole wheat four, cereal, flax seeds, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Set aside.

In large bowl, combine bananas, buttermilk, maple syrup, oil and vanilla.  Add eggs, beat well.  Add flour mixture, stirring until just combined.  Stir in walnuts.  Portion evenly into twelve 2 1/2 inch muffin pan cups coated with cooking spray or lined with foil bake cups.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let stand for five minutes, transfer to wire rack to cool.

Easy, tasty, fiber to go!




2 comments:

  1. After watching Dr. Oz, I bought some Chia seeds. You can put them in smoothies, cereal or in your muffins. I told my hubby if the seeds did not work, we would put them on his head and grow him some hair. My very own Chia pet. . . .

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  2. Recipe sounds healthy and tasty. Can I toss in some choc. chips as well? Ann (above) is funny. Sharon Beasley

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