Now, I’m not really much of a cake person, but I do love me some muffins! A nice warm muffin, cinnamon roll, or even a stack of pancakes with my coffee in the morning really hits the spot. But, where’s the all important protein and fiber in those foods? And, should we really be eating all of those calories if we want to lose weight or maintain a healthy body weight? Those are some good questions!
According to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition and Women’s Health, a study showed that “those who ate more calories in the first half of the day lost significantly more weight and demonstrated better metabolic activity than those who ate heavily in the evening.” And, what about protein? Check out the visual below to learn what protein can do for you and why it’s good to eat it in the morning.
*Eating most of your protein in the morning can keep you feeling satisfied and help reduce your carb cravings throughout the day. It will boost your metabolism and suppress your appetite.
Fiber is also important in the morning. According to many experts, including Chris Powell, fiber is very important and should be included in your morning meal. The morning is also the best time to consume your carbs for the day. Getting all of these things in the morning will help curb appetite, flush out toxins, and give you the energy to get through the day.
As a mother of 5, I’m always looking for ways to keep my energy level up. But, I still love those muffins! Of course, most muffins don’t have a ton of protein in them. But, I refused to give up my morning muffin!! All I had to do was find an alternative to the low nutrient temptations I craved. So, I scoured my usual food finding places, like Amazon and Peapod. I also checked my local grocery store and Costco. Anything high in protein was usually in the form of a bar or bland cereal with nuts. The only muffins I found with a high protein and fiber content were the FlapJacked muffins that come in individual cups. Sounds easy enough, just add water and stick it in the microwave. And, Voila! You get 20 grams of protein in a cup. Now, let’s see how much they cost…hmmmm. $24.99 for 6 cups!!! Are you kidding me? Well, that’s just not going to happen. I guess I’ll just have to make them myself.
*Update 02/01/16: I did make some pretty awesome protein pancakes recently that turned out amazing… and they’re gluten free! Check out my Instagram for the recipe. I don’t always have the time to experiment, but here’s what I came up with.
Easy #glutenfree Banana #protein #Pancakes 1 box Bisquick Gluten Free Pancake and Baking Mix 1 Scoop Vega Protein and Greens Vanilla powder 1 large ripe Banana or 2 small mashed 2 1/4 cups whole milk 1/4 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs Chocolate Chips (optional) More protein for breakfast recipes and products at www.FamFinFunBlog.com
Well, I don’t have a ton of time on my hands, but I suppose if I found a good recipe or something I could whip up some yummy protein muffins. So, I went searching for recipes. I found this website that gave me a list of 20 protein muffin recipes. Some of them had high protein content, but those recipes called for protein powder. Protein powder isn’t cheep and usually comes in huge tubs. I still felt like I needed something easier, like a muffin mix.
Ok, well sometimes gourmet and direct sales companies have uncommon foods. So, maybe I’ll find a company that has high protein baked goods and maybe some other healthy breakfast options. I started searching online for a company that had what I was looking for. I went through a few different companies before coming across what looked like a brand new company called “Crave It!” I guess “Crave It” is the sister company to “Do You Bake?” They make food mixes with all real ingredients, including a protein banana chocolate chip muffin mix! They also carry a line of protein smoothies, bars, pancakes, and more! They even have some gluten free mixes that look really yummy. I got so excited about the food, I just had to order some. So, I went through the process of ordering and discovered that I could get 50% off my first order if I became an “ambassador.” So, yea, I just had to take advantage of that. I ordered the protein muffin mix, a Goin Green Smoothz, and a freezer meal kit. I waited in anticipation for my package of yummy goodness to arrive. It took FOREVER! I guess it had a lot to do with the new year rush and the fact that they’re a newer company, and hopefully that their products were just that good. I hoped that it was all worth the wait. I didn’t want to have to search for another company to feed my obsession with baked goods in the morning. After all, I had gotten the protein muffin mix from “Crave It” on sale AND got the ambassador discount. SWEET!
Now for the moment of truth. I opened my package to find gift bags full of mixes, cool looking noodles, a rice mix, and some kind of sauce. It all looked so…so…time consuming. Well, I certainly asked for it. I mean, I just HAD to get that freezer meal kit, didn’t I? With 5 kids, it’s always a good idea to stock up. Ok, back to my protein muffins. I pulled the box out and looked at what I would need to make the muffins. Bananas…check, greek yogurt…add to list, and eggs. Ok, that’s doable. Now, let’s see how they turn out…
YUMMY! Not too sweet… just right! Only 5 grams of sugar and 11 grams of protein per muffin (or 3 mini muffins.) One box made 3 dozen mini muffins. Since they are pretty filling, they should last a while. I decided to freeze a bag of them for next week to keep them from going bad before I could enjoy them.
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The protein smoothie I got was also delicious and really convenient. They come in individually wrapped bags for ease of use when you’re on the go. So, when I’m at the gym and I don’t want to spend $5 on a protein smoothie from the smoothie bar, I just shake up my own protein smoothie/shake by filling my water bottle with water and the Smoothz powder. Delicious and nutritious! Yum!
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Since I love the products so far and I love what the company stands for, I’ve decided to promote the “Crave It” line of products on my blog to support the mission of both “Crave It” and FamFinFun. We are all about promoting a healthy lifestyle and showing others how easy it can be with the right support and convenient, healthy food options.
*Update 02/01/16: New for February 2016! Get the “Crave It” breakfast bundle for only $31.95!!
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