Along with the New Year, comes the desire to eat healthier, make wiser decisions where food is concerned, and exercise more. If most of you are anything like I am, chances are you’ve already messed up on all three of those things in 2016. Nobody’s perfect, especially not me. One day I can quite happily nibble on an apple or an orange, and eat a healthy-ish salad for lunch in lieu of a slice of a pizza, and then the next day I am sitting at my neighborhood bar down the street eating poutine and chicken wings. Where does it end? How does one stop the food insanity? The only way I can think of to reasonably approach the problem is to confront it one day at a time, one situation at a time, and forgive myself for bad decisions and not allow them to effect all of my future decisions. I don’t believe in crazy diets. They don’t work. They allow an individual to lose weight quickly, but in the end that weight is almost always gained back, and usually a few added pounds come along with it. I believe in real food, and yes, sometimes that food even comes in the shape of fried chicken. Most days however, for the sake of a healthy lifestyle, that food comes in the shape of salad, fruit, cheese, and of course yogurt.
Chobani is asking people to “Crunch the Numbers,” and dedicate their life to living a little lighter. They have recently introduced Chobani Simply 100, which is the only 100-calorie light yogurt made with only natural ingredients. Real food. Real food that tastes great, and won’t leave you longing for a bagel smothered in cream cheese. I recently used this new product to make dinner muffins. Wondering what the difference is between a breakfast muffin, a dessert muffin, and a dinner muffin? In my world, a breakfast muffin is not only sweet, but usually includes some sort of grain like oatmeal or bran, to help get you through the morning. A dessert muffin needs practically no explanation; there’s a lot of sugar involved, and absolutely no health benefits. A dinner muffin on the other hand, is almost like a slice of fruit-laden bread to accompany a healthy meal and fulfill your carb cravings without an insane amount of added sugar. These Chobani Simply 100 Blueberry Dinner Muffins are not overly sweet, contain a generous amount of fresh berries, and are perfect alongside any meal. Even fried chicken.
To support Chobani’s “Crunch the Numbers” campaign, I am pledging to spend time each day to living a healthier lifestyle. Every day will be different, because I’m a realist. I recognize that certain days are more hectic than others. I won’t let that deter me however. Whether I do sit-ups before bed, walk up and down the stairs 100 times doing laundry and cleaning the house, or simply dance around the house with Brenna for a half an hour in the morning, I will already be one step closer to a healthier lifestyle. Want to join along with me? There are no rules. Take a look at the chart above to see how simple it is to make a change that will affect your life in a positive way. You can also head on over to the Chobani site to print out a coupon for Simply, which will help get you started making wiser decisions where food is concerned. In the meantime, I’ll be sitting here wondering if there is any way in this world that I can convince my psycho kitty to walk for 26 minutes each day. Wouldn’t that be something?
- 2 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Whole Egg
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 (5.3-oz.) Containers Chobani Simply 100 Blueberry Greek Yogurt
- 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted
- 3 Cups Fresh Blueberries
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and Chobani Simply 100.
- Slowly whisk the melted butter into the yogurt mixture.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry, and then mix with a silicone spatula until well combined.
- Fold the blueberries into the muffin batter.
- Use a spoon or an ice scream scoop to evenly distribute the batter between 18 paper-lined muffin cups.
- Bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean.
- This muffin batter will be extremely thick.
- Remove the muffins from the muffin tins as soon as you take them out of the oven. Some of the blueberry juice will run down the sides of the muffins and cause them to stick if you allow them to sit in the muffin tins for too long.
- Substitute any flavor of Chobani Simply 100 in this recipe.
- Sprinkle the top of each muffin with demerera sugar before baking.
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