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Cranberry Orange Muffins

Friday’s lunch with my sister is worth mentioning.  Since I don’t blog on Saturday’s, and if you don’t follow me on Instagram or WW Connect, you would have seen that my sister and I have decided to make our #foodfunfriday healthy!  It used to be big ass burgers, eat all the fries, maybe even split a dessert, but with SO many options in the loop, we know we can always find a healthy alternative.

It was starting to snow a bit, it was still cold, so we decided to meet at Latinicity.  It’s on the Third Floor of Block 37.  What did we decide to get?  Grilled chicken (0), grilled asparagus (0), we split a side of black beans and rice (3), and split a small side basket of chips and guacamole (6).  It was delicious, I didn’t feel like I was eating “diet food” and most importantly, I didn’t go back to work feeling like I needed to take a nap!

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I have today off so it was a much slower paced weekend then I am used to.  I always feel like I have to get.it.all.done in two days (clean, laundry, meal prep, etc.) but having today off took the pressure off if you will and I had a somewhat productive day, sprinkled in with naps, a leisurely trip to the library, READING (which I never do) and it was lovely.  I vowed to read at least one book a month, and since I already read my brothers book, I am ahead of the game.  I wonder if cookbooks count?? 

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I had what I like to call my first “true” weigh in for WW in 2018 (that wasn’t followed by a holiday) and I was thrilled with my loss last week.

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And do you know what my secret was?  I followed the WW plan – that’s it.  I am pretty sure I wrote this same post last January, but it is the simple truth.  I tracked my points, even with 46 points at my sisters house I left the week with 12 weekly points and got blue dots 6/7 of the days.  Oh, and I still haven’t had any wine – #dryjanuary is going strong!

We even went out to dinner on Saturday night, our favorite local restaurant that has ALL my favorite beers on tap, has the best lasagna, and guess what I did?  I got a near zero point dinner and it was delicious!  I actually called dinner 3 points, because I am sure there is some residual oil in there somewhere, but still, no regret and I felt satisfied and not stuffed like I usually am when I leave there.

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Last week I posted a picture of these cranberry orange muffins and promised to post the recipe, and well, that didn’t happen.  I made another batch over the weekend (and somehow still have a pound of fresh cranberries!) so I could take better pictures and well, have more to eat!  At only 3 points each, they can totally fit into a breakfast with an omelet, or as a mid day snack with a cheese stick.

Cranberry Orange Muffins
Serves 12
These are moist and delicious muffins that won't break the calorie bank and can be a part of a healthy breakfast.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
128 calories
24 g
4 g
2 g
4 g
1 g
85 g
224 g
3 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
85g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128
Calories from Fat 15
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 4mg
1%
Sodium 224mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
11%
Calcium
8%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1/2 cup oatmeal
  3. 1/2 cup no calorie Splenda baking sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. zest of one orange
  8. 1 tablespoon melted butter
  9. 3 egg whites
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  11. 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  12. 1/2 cup orange juice (juice from one large orange)
  13. 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  14. 2 cups fresh cranberries, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 425.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the cranberries until they are finely chopped. In a large bowl, mix the flour, oats, Splenda, baking powder, baking soda, salt and zest together.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix just until combined.
  4. Divide among 12 muffin tin pan and bake for 12-15 minutes.
Notes
  1. Some people bake their muffins starting at 425 for the first 5 minutes and then reduce the heat to 350 or 375 to finish. I find that if I keep the temp at 425 the whole time, they get a really nice muffin top.
  2. For the optional glaze mix 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon fat free half and half (adds .3 points if you want to be technical, but I am not counting it!) and drizzle over the muffins after they cool.
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calories
128
fat
2g
protein
4g
carbs
24g
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Adapted from Inspired by Emily Bites
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It helped that I have a new food processor, so I was able to chop up the cranberries really well.  Other than that, you can just mix in a bowl with a fork.  The orange zest makes these muffins!

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If you don’t have a microplane, I suggest getting one.  This is not an affiliate link, but its perfect for grating parmesan cheese, zesting, grating nutmet.  It’s an inexpensive kitchen tool that has lots of applications.

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Baking muffins at 425 degrees helps give your muffins the nice muffin top.

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I did a quick glaze of two tablespoons of powdered sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon fat free half and half, which technically adds .3 points to each muffin, so I am not counting those points. Open-mouthed smile

OMG, if you don’t follow me on Instagram, you are missing some awesome Instastories – Hannah and I were laughing so hard – here are a couple snipets.  Following my stories really lets you see my day to day life way better than this blog could ever do. 

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My brother sent me this picture last week and it makes me laugh out loud.  Not because of how I thought I looked in that ridiculous “workout” outfit, but I am confident I just finished working out and I have BOTH the fridge and freezer open at the same time deciding on what to eat.  Oh, and can I also point out where I quite possibly got my condiment whore condition from?  Check out all those condiments!  I think this is 1995?

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We got about 4 inches of snow overnight, not too bad.  Hannah and I may go thrifting this afternoon as our favorite thrift store is having a 50% off sale.  We are a sucker for those sales!  Have a trip to the grocery store planned, a trip to the gym, more reading time, and basically the best Monday ever since I am not working.  I pushed my car appointment off until Saturday not knowing how much snow we would get. 

So enjoy your day!  Thanks to Laura D., and Nicole texting me if I am okay because they didn’t see a blog post yet this morning – I slept in until 8:15!

Happy Monday friends – make it a great day!