I have been compensated for the post, but as always, all opinions are my own
I have a thing with muffins. Like a full on love affair. They’re so simple to make, meaning there aren’t many fails when it comes time to make then. They’re super versatile, so I can change up my recipes, to please my tastebuds. You can make them as healthy or as decadent as you desire. And the best part is, when you’re running late for work and don’t have time to make breakfast, muffins are always there for you. One or two in one hand, and your coffee in the other (of course, along with your purse, lunch bag, phone, keys, sunglasses, kiddo’s backpack, etc etc). Point is, muffins are the best.
I came across this delicious Almond Orange Muffin recipe from Giada de Laurentiis’ newest cookbook, Feel Good Food and just knew I had to try them out. ‘Tis the season for lots of orange-y flavored foods. There were a few things I wanted to switch up a bit though. I’m always trying to get more fiber into my foods because well… yup, we’re just going to go there (and we are JUST getting started).
So I’ve always had stomach issues. Things just aren’t so normal in there. I’m sensitive to lots of foods. Some days it hates spaghetti sauce, other times it’s just fine with it. There’s really no rhyme or reason. I’ve tried cutting out dairy. I don’t eat any meat. I limit the soy. Gluten would be the next thing to attempt to eliminate, but I just don’t wanna… I’m anti-“depriving myself” so I’m just not sure I could cut out all gluten. But I do know that I like to add fiber as much as possible to keep things as “normal” as I possibly can! Which is why I added a fiber “flour” to these muffins. The great part is that they truly don’t even taste all that healthy even though they are. Even my seven year old was “mmm-ing” over them!
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs , at room temperature
- Grated zest of 1 medium orange
- 1/3 cup french orange juice , at room temperature (from about 1 juicy orange)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil , melted
- 3 Tablespoons plain low-fat Greek yogurt , at room temperature
- 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup All-Bran cereal , ground in a food processor to a flour texture
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds , toasted (see notes below)
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or spray with non-stick baking spray.
In the bowl of your mixer, beat the sugar and eggs together until pale and thick, about 2 minutes. Beat in the orange zest and juice, coconut oil, yogurt, and vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, ground all-bran, baking powder, and salt.
In batches, stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture until just blended. Stir in the toasted almonds. Pour heaping 1/2 cupfuls of the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Bake until golden on top and a tester inserted into the center of the muffins comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 20 minutes.
Cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before removing.
To toast almonds, place on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven until lightly toasted, 6 to 8 minutes.
Adapted from "Feel Good Food" by Giada De Laurentiis
So speaking of the fiber in these muffins and how we can make things work a little more “normal”… I’ve got to tell you about the Squatty Potty. That’s right. The Squatty Potty toilet stool. Funny name, brilliant invention. We are totally going there because here at HFHL we like to talk about all things taboo, and welp, I haven’t talked about poop yet, so here we go.
Here’s the low-down. For years and years, like since the beginning of time, humans have been squatting to take care of business. Then the modern toilet came along and, while I’m SO glad for that invention, I’m not sure they thought it all through with that one. Our anatomy is designed to “go” with our knees above our hips in order to completely relax colon muscles. Think of it like a garden hose. It just doesn’t work right when it has a kink in it, does it? Well that’s what’s happening when we’re sitting on the modern toilet.
The Squatty Potty is a completely natural solution to this problem. It’s designed to put us right back into that caveman position, while still enjoying the luxury of modern plumbing. The great thing is that it’s not an eyesore in the bathroom either. The Squatty Potty comes in two options, sleek white or a bamboo model. I think they both fit in just fine in my bathroom.
Mom’s especially have reason to love the Squatty Potty, as it assists with childbirth, bladder function (which we all know is shot after children.. one sneeze and you may be done for), and constipation (a common side-effect of pregnancy).
The truth of the matter, whether it’s taboo or not, is that everyone wants to feel good about their digestive health. Without that, you’re really not feeling all that great.
I encourage you to check out the products Squatty Potty has to offer. They are generously offering Happy Food Healthy Life readers a 15% discount on products. Just use the discount code “Squat4Health” to get it. One of their products that I absolutely love is their “Before You Go” spray. It decreases odors so much, and I don’t know about you, but that’s just the worst. When everyone in the house knows you’ve gone. Or you’re a guest in someone’s home and have to go. Just carry the spray with you and you’re good to go pretty much odorlessly! Now that’s something I can live with.
ALSO – I’ve joined forces with a few other bloggers to give away a Bamboo Squatty Potty and a $50 Visa Card! How cool is that?? Just fill out the Rafflecopter below, and you will be on your way!
So I want to know, what do you do to improve your digestive health? Check out the Healthy Traditions Pinterest Board for other healthy recipes like my muffins.
I have been compensated by the client for this post, but as always, all opinions are my own.