A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.
~ from Pooh's Little Instruction Book, A. A. Milne
For me it has to be portion control, cause I'm not giving up any foods. Well, maybe I'd give up black-eyed peas, but that's it. If someone told me that I could never have fried chicken again or chocolate pie, well I'd just set down and weep. Lucky for me, there are some great sites out there with low calorie recipes.
Healthy is Always Better
We don't have a Whole Food's chain here in SmallTownAmerica, so I did a little dance when I saw these on Pinterest last week! Can you imagine 3x's the chocolate for 116 calories?
Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffin
Knock-Offs of Whole Food’s 6 Dollar per 4 Chocolate Chunk VitaTop Muffins
1 3/4 c oats
3 egg whites
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or regular plain low fat yogurt)
1/2 tsp cream of tartar (or 1-1/2 Tbsp. vinegar)
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup hot water
1 cup sugar substitute (like Splenda granular) OR 1/4 cup + 2 tbs stevia
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or use white chocolate or peanut butter chips!)Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with foil cupcake liners, or spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a blender, (or food processor), mix all of the ingredients together, except for the chocolate chips. Blend until oats are ground and mixture is smooth. Place mixture in a bowl and gently stir in 1/2 of the chocolate chips (set the rest aside). Scoop mixture into prepared muffin pans. Place muffins tins in the oven for 10 minutes.
*After 10 minutes, remove muffins from the oven (but don’t shut oven off), and distribute the other half of the chocolate chips on top of each muffin. Place the muffins back into the oven and bake for an additional 2-5 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
*Note, you could skip this step by putting all of the chips in the batter, and baking the muffins for 12-15 min straight, but this method gives the muffins the traditional ‘VitaTop Muffin’ look with the chocolate chips on top! Cool muffins before removing from pan. ENJOY!!!
Servings: 12 Regular Muffins or 24 Mini Muffins
Calories: 116 Calories Per Regular Muffin or 58 Calories Per Mini Muffin