Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year!  I hope 2014 brings you good health and much happiness!

I’m sure that a good number of you are setting some goals for the New Year, and that many of those involve changing your eating patterns.   Whether you’re cleansing, juicing, detoxing, fasting, or dieting – I hope that your long-term goal is to improve your diet so that you can enjoy a lifetime of good health.  Hate to break it to people, but no juice fast, cleanse or detox will get you there.  What will enhance your health – and keep you free of disease – is a long-term commitment to eating clean and choosing nutrient-dense foods.  No 21-Day plan will do that….but if it is relatively safe and gives you the motivation to keep eating healthy, then more power to you.

For myself and my family, we’re just “cleaning house” with our diets.  As always the holiday season brought with it an excess of refined grains and added sugars, and a lower-than-normal intake of fresh, whole fruits and veggies.  Today I start boosting my family’s fiber intake by making these high-fiber, tasty muffins.  I used up some overripe bananas in the process.   My husband and kids love them, and they make for a quick on-the-go breakfast.  Spread a little pb or light cream cheese on top and you’re ready to go!

Banana Bran Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

2 cups all-bran cereal, I used Nature’s Path Smart Bran (from Whole Foods)

1 1/4 cups skim milk

1 egg

1/4 cup canola oil

2 medium overripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup turbinado sugar

1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour

1 Tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Combine all-bran cereal with milk in a medium bowl.  Make sure cereal is covered with milk and let sit for 30 minutes.

3.  While cereal is soaking, in another bowl whisk together egg, oil, mashed banana and sugar.  Set aside.

4.  In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients: flour through cinnamon.  Mix well.  Add all wet ingredients to dry and mix well.  Spoon equally among 12 prepared muffin tins.

5.  Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes.  Check doneness with a toothpick inserted in center of muffin.  If it comes out clean they are done!  Enjoy!

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