Thursday, April 12, 2007

Blueberry Flax "Muffins" and Getting Back on Track

I received this great book a few months ago and have been meaning to really read it - and, obviously, USE it before now, but as you know life's been crazy around here. The book is called Cholesterol DOWN. Both my Honey and I have to watch our cholesterol levels. Mine is sort of border-line and his is on the high side but neither of us want to take prescriptive drugs to keep things in check. We believe we can do it just by watching what we eat. So this book was perfectly timed. Janet Bond Brill shares 10 simple steps to lowering cholesterol without drugs. It's an easy read with lots of delicious recipes like the blueberry muffin recipe.

First, let me digress...just to share how chaotic things are with the move....I started packing the kitchen things - the last and hardest part for me. I've been fairly ruthless in the other rooms, but I'm finding it hard to give up any of my kitchen toys. Even if they're not perfect, they have some special emotional significance. But, I digress. I packed up all the muffin tins I wanted - 4 sizes from large to little minis and kept out some old and battered tins to use for this recipe. Somehow in my zeal, however, they got packed too. So Blueberry Flax muffins became Blueberry Flax Squares. Normally I would take a photo before allowing anyone to eat anything I make, but I seem to really be out of sinc with everything these days. So the photo at the top of the post is the best I can do. The "muffins" are delicious - full of flax seed and oat bran which normally people in this house turn their noses up at.

I don't want to give away all her secrets, but here are some great foods to consider when trying to work on lowering cholesterol ...oatmeal, almonds, flaxseeds, beans, apples, soy protein, garlic and fibre. And here's the recipe for Blueberry Flax "Muffins".

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Sara said...

I like that picture and I really like this recipe! I've got a ton of flax and not many ideas of what to do with it. Thanks Ruth.

Rebecca said...

I can't believe you're blogging in the middle of packing to move; that's inspiring!