Thanks to the Connelly Family for sharing these muffins and their amazing recipe with our GH Staff!
As an avid athlete and food fanatic, I need as much daily fuel as I can get. Just like everyone, I crave those sugary, tasty treats that are easy to make and even better to eat. On the other hand, I value everything that my body is capable of and want to provide it with healthy food that will keep it running in tip top shape for many years to come. Why not have both? Delicious and healthy all wrapped up in one!
For those of you seeking out a way to satisfy those pesky cravings, while maintaining a healthy diet, try out GH staff’s favorite Wheat Germ Muffins. Don’t squirm because it’s wheat germ, they’re tasty so don’t let that ingredient make you shifty. These delicious, yet nutrient packed muffins, are the perfect grab and go breakfast or snack. As winter season approaches, cuddling up with a blanket, muffin, and some tea couldn’t sound much better. So put on your apron, get out the wheat germ, and get baking.
Picture credit: Max D. Gray, Jill Corleone, DiabeTV
Ingredients for 12 muffins:
½ cup toasted wheat germ
1 cup whole wheat flower
½ cup unbleached white flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 & ½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup organic sugar (Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar)
½ cup raisins
1 cup plain whole yogurt
¼ cup vegetable oil
RECIPE CAN EASILY BE DOUBLED
- Combine all dry ingredients and raisins
- Mix yogurt, eggs, and oil and pour over dry ingredients
- Stir lightly and quickly to moisten – DO NOT beat
- Spoon into greased muffin tins
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for approximately 15 minutes
- Insert a toothpick into the middle of the muffin: if it comes out clean, the muffin is ready it is ready
You may ask what is it about wheat germ that’s so beneficial for your health? Well, based off this Livestrong article, it is packed with essential nutrients, fiber, and protein, leading to heightened satiety and improving immune and muscular health (Corleone, 2017). Keep in mind that wheat germ is a highly dense and caloric food that should be eaten in moderation just like any other substance (Corleone, 2017); you do that and it’ll not only be great for your health, but also your taste buds.
I now encourage you to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. Cheers to a winter season filled with plenty of laughs, love, and tons and tons of delicious muffins.
GH Team Member
Emily is a new member of GH Sports Team as of this Fall 2017. She is a fourth year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, studying Kinesiology, hoping to become either a Physical Therapist or a Physician’s Assistant. Throughout her life, Emily has been in constant motion, always looking to stay active with sports and exercise as well as within her community. She is looking forward to all of the amazing opportunities and experiences to come and is loving every day that she gets to spend in beautiful San Luis Obispo.
Corleone, J. (2017). The Benefits and Side Effects of Wheat Germ. Livestrong.com. Retrieved from https://www.livestrong.com/article/508213-how-much-wheat-germ-per-day/