Trader Joe's - Blueberry Wheat Bran Muffins
1 muffin (2oz/57g)
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For a whole year I had been staying away from breads, pastries and muffins, in an attempt to keep my calories at 1300ish a day, and reduce my lifetime reliance on carbs. Then, one day, I strayed into the high fiber muffins section at TJ's, and decided to give these little fellows a try. I'm so glad I did: they make sticking to my calorie limit even easier!
These are really mini muffins, but they extremely filling for their size due to the fiber. They're not going to be everyone's thing, but I love them. And even the bran-phobes among you may come to love them if you give them a try. They're very portable, as a snack, and have worked well for me as a quick pre-gym or post-gym breakfast.
I regularly eat fresh fruit, veggies, beans, and occasionally whole wheat pasta or rice or Wasa Fibre Rye crispbread, so my diet is not exactly lacking fiber. However, adding one of these muffins to my daily menu has proved to me that increasing my daily fiber intake decreases my need for calories and helps me lose weight. At only 80 calories, they completely fill me up, even when I'm ravenous beforehand, and although they do have a pleasant blueberryish, cinnamony flavour, they are not so sweet that they could make me want to eat more than one at a time. Perfrect for portion control! They have a wheaty, dense cakelike consistency, and are quite moist provided you store them well.
Storage: It is essential to refrigerate these muffins on purchase to prevent mould. Several people mentioned freezing to me, but I hate the idea of having to microwave them or leave them to defrost each time I want one, so I cannot vouch for their texture after freezing. I can say that I am thoroughly enamored of them, even when they're still cold, straight from the refrigerator. Unfortunately, their packaging is not resealable, so after opening, to prevent them all drying out, you could try wrapping individually or boxing. My method is to keep the resealable packaging from TJ's Apple Cranberry Bran Muffins, and reuse that to store these -- handily enough, they are exactly the right size and number (6).
The good news: no preservatives, sweetened with fruit juice, high in fiber, 99% fat free (no saturated fat), no cholesterol.
Ingredients: whole wheat flour, fruit juice concentrate (pear/pineapple), blueberries, wheat bran, water, lowfat buttermilk, apple sauce, egg whites, leavening, cinnamon, lemon extract.
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8/19/2006 2:10:29 AM
No added sugar
p'frau, i'm going to have to write a rebuttal wiki defending the value of the moral fiber cran orange muffins... although these are less caloric, half of a moral fiber is so much more delicious!
7/29/2006 6:24:21 PM