When you looked at the title for this article, Iíll bet you were asking yourself how flax muffins can help people with ADD/ADHD. Itís a valid question. There are times in my life when I am incredibly busy. It is like the universe has gone into overdrive and I have been plunked down into the middle of chaos. I prefer to control my chaos, and sometimes it just takes changing one thing to help realign my universe. Thatís where flax muffins come in.
How many times in the last month have you wanted something that was healthy to eat and quick to prepare? This flax muffin recipe came into existence so that I could simplify meals and snacks. Too often in a busy life, we have trouble finding time to eat in a healthy manner.
For people with Attention Deficit Disorder, this can be especially bad. When you have trouble with brain chemistry, adding snacks like processed muffins, chips, sugary granola bars, crackers, candy bars, and bakery goods made with white flour just exacerbates the problem. After you eat any of these, your blood sugar rises quickly. There is a huge insulin response, after that the blood sugar crashes. This isnít good for anybodyís concentration, and it is terrible if you have ADD/ADHD. The flax muffin recipe helps me avoid this dilemma.
During those periods of time when my life is not so hectic, I bake four dozen flax muffins. They take about 30 minutes to prepare the recipe and under 30 minutes per dozen to bake. We have two muffin tins, so that we can bake two dozen in about half an hour. In less than two hours, I have 48 tasty muffins that have about 150 calories of high fiber goodness in each. I put the cooled muffins into freezer bags and pop them into the deep freeze.
When my time is tight, I pull my flax muffins out of the freezer and use them for snacks and meals. One muffin paired with a fruit, vegetable, or protein makes a great snack. I use two muffins for a meal. Again, I accompany it with a fruit, at least one vegetable, and a source of protein. If you have a problem with high blood sugar, omit the fruit and add more vegetables. I enjoy these fruits with the muffins: apple, banana, grapes, orange, tangerine, tangelo, and cherries. Vegetables are wonderful with the muffins. I like carrots, celery, salad, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, tomato, and V-8 juice. Protein can be plant or animal based. Walnuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts, and pecans are good sources of protein. Artificial sausage and soy chicken patties are good vegetarian protein, if you have a microwave available. Chicken and turkey sausage are another low-fat way to add protein. Greek yoghurt and low-fat cheese work well if you donít have a microwave. Mix it up. Use this list to make an incredibly diverse number of snacks and meals!
In addition to being sound nutritionally, these are meals in minutes. Grab two muffins, a handful of walnuts, carrots, an apple and a V-8 for a complete meal. These muffins simplify my life. Whatever makes my life simpler helps me live a better life with my Attention Deficit Disorder.
Connieís Time Saver Flax Muffins
ĺ cup flax meal
2 Ĺ cup whole wheat flour (freshly ground or whole wheat pastry flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice or cinnamon
1/2 cup mixed raisins and dried cranberries (I like cranberries, while my husband likes raisins)
ĺ cup Walnut pieces
ľ cup canola or olive oil
1 Ĺ cup sour milk (1 Ĺ tablespoon vinegar added to milk. Stir and let stand 10 minutes)
2 teaspoons vanilla
ľ cup molasses
1 cup grated apple or carrots (zucchini is lovely in the summer)
3 tablespoons grated orange peel
1 tablespoon grated ginger
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
Beat sour milk oil and egg together
Combine wet and dry ingredients. Grate apple (or carrots) orange peel and ginger into the batter. Stir until combined.
Spray muffin tins with no stick cooking spray. Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees F. for about 25 minutes. Test with a toothpick or piece of spaghetti. It should come out clean. Makes about 24 muffins.
When I got serious about saving time, I bought a second muffin tin. Now I can make two dozen at a time. This is my favorite muffin tin. The tin heats evenly and does not burn my muffins! It does not have a non-stick coating that can hurt birds if it overheats.
Fox Run Stainless Steel Muffin Pan
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