Celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day!

Celebrate Blueberry Muffin Day with this healthy recipe!Want a fun holiday we can really get behind? It’s National Blueberry Muffin Day, coming up this Friday, July 11. What’s so great about a blueberry muffin? Instead of purchasing one at the grocery store or bakery, you can make yours at home and get a lightly sweet treat that’s really good for you!

Blueberries: A Real Super Food

First of all, let’s talk about the health benefits of real blueberries (no fake blueberry chips in our muffins!).

  • Blueberries are the most antioxidant-filled fruit. That means this little berry can pack a punch against free radicals (which cause cellular damage in the short term, leading to aging and cancer).
  • A cup of fresh blueberries is fewer than 100 calories and gives you 14% of your daily supply of fiber and 25% of your supply of vitamin C.
  • Blueberries contain the potent compound anthocyanin. Research suggests that anthocyanins lower blood pressure and make blood vessels more elastic.

Now, to enjoy the health benefits of the super blueberry, it’s important to make good choices with the accompanying ingredients in your muffin. How can we do this?  Well, choosing whole grains over refined grains can add protein and fiber. Choosing natural sugars over processed sugar can add nutrients to your snack. Adding a pinch of wheat germ, protein powder, or psyllium husk* can bring the nutrition levels up as well. When choosing the fat to go into your muffin, a great choice is coconut oil, but if that’s not in the budget, all-natural butter is a much better choice than margarine or shortening.

Would you like a healthy, winning recipe for the all-American blueberry muffin? Look no further! We have a great recipe here.

Brian’s Blueberry Muffins

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (or butter)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups plain greek yogurt (or plain unsweetened yogurt)
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup white flour
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. wheat germ, psyllium husk*, or protein powder (as supplement)
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (or plain salt)
  • 1 cup fresh (or plain frozen) blueberries
  1. Heat oven to 375F. Grease or line muffin tin.
  2. Melt honey and oil (or butter) on low heat. Remove from heat and add eggs, yogurt, and zest. Combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine both flours, oats, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, supplement (optional) and salt.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Gently fold in blueberries.
  5. Spoon or pour batter into muffin cups. Bake 20 – 22 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

We hope you enjoy these healthy blueberry muffins on a hot July day. Remember, even healthy muffins are a treat, and should be eaten in moderation. So share them with a friend!

*Psyllium husk is a fiber supplement available here at Brian’s Pharmacies.

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