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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Watch The Calories In Those Mini Muffins

In the month of January you will see a common theme threaded through my blogs.  It is diet and exercise.  Every year I get focused in January and then forget it the next eleven months of the year.  It is obvious that I have lost the same ten pounds over and over again.  It is such a fine line between having enough calories and going over just a little.  If you have too few calories, the metabolism slows down and it goes into starvation mode.  It happened to me yesterday.  Myfitnesspal.com told me that I hadn't eaten enough to lose weight.  This is a foreign concept to me.  On the other side of the coin, just going over a few calories can put weight on.  It only takes 3600 extra calories to gain a pound.  This brings me to my point.  Yesterday I made mini muffins.  My dad has to have his sweets and at his age he should.  At age 89 you should be able to eat anything you are hungry for.  I got out a boxed Double Chocolate Muffin Mix.  It wasn't a good choice to even have it in the cupboard, but I had bought it on one of my "off" moments.  Instead of making a dozen big muffins, I got out the mini cupcake maker.  I purchased this mini baker at Goodwill before they got popular.  I wonder if the person who donated it, regretted it.  The stores were full of this type baker over the holidays.

Super easy way to make cupcakes or muffins.


I quickly mixed them up.  All it took was the mix and one egg.  How bad could that be?  I got forty little muffins out of the recipe.

I put them into a plastic bag to grab when we wanted a little snack.

Fortunately I decided to figure the calorie count before I ate one or two or more.  I did the math several times because it just didn't seem right.  Can you believe that these tiny little mini muffins have 53 calories each?  They are one bite.  It would be very easy to eat six of them in less than a minute.  I will still eat them, but not as many as I thought I could.

This is a snack plate and the muffin still looks little on it.