Bran Muffin Makeover

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One of my “roadblocks” on the journey with diabetes is breakfast.

I usually am not hungry in the morning.  That, coupled with the fact that I tend to run around like a crazy person on the way out the door, I tend to forget to eat it… or I just don’t want to!

Instead of planning elaborate morning meals that I would not follow through on, nor would I enjoy, I’ve landed at the conclusion that something non-fussy and fast is the way to go for me!  A friend suggested muffins.  At first, I thought that muffins would be too much carbs, therefore, not a good choice, but with a few modifications, muffins can be a great choice!

(If only those double-chocolate numbers from Whole Foods were a good choice….)

First, I made the traditional “Oven Ready Bran Muffins” from the back of the Hodgeson Mills Wheat Bran box.

With a few modifications….

  • I cut the called for 1 c. brown sugar down to 1/2 c.
  •  I used half Greek Yogurt and Half Ricotta Cheese instead of milk  (I ran out of greek yogi, so I used what  low-carb option I had on hand, ricotta)

After that, I saved 5 out for breakfasts now, and froze the rest to pull out some other lazy, crazy morning!

Tip: As you add ingredients to the bowl, write down their carbohydrate values; once you know how many muffins the recipe yields, you can divide by the total carb count and know the individual carb content of each muffin.

Then, write it on the box of wheat bran so you don’t have to do the calculations again!

 (Along with any changes you made to the recipe!) 

Eliminating half the brown sugar left the muffins needed a little something.  At first, I added honey, which completely defeated the purpose of reducing the brown sugar, plus, it’s very hard to be precise while measuring something so sticky.  Hard to account for the sweet nectar you lick off your fingers… :)

This morning, I knew that I did not want to use honey has I had previously, so I grabbed three fresh raspberries placed them on top of my muffin halves.   No other adornment, and the muffin was delicious.

Original Wheat Bran Muffin with 1T. raspberry preserves: 34 carbohydrates.

Makeover Muffin with Fresh Raspberries: 18 carbohydrates.

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With the addition of some plain chai white tea, this reluctant breakfast eater was satisfied, fueled for the day, and reduced carbohydrate intake by almost 50%!

Get in a Row, Little Ducks!

As I have been testing over the past few days (yes 7+ times!) I have noticed a change in the way that I process my blood sugar readings.  I have been working hard to count carbs and know what I eat so I can cover for what I eat—and even still, sometimes the numbers aren’t exactly where they should be.  In the past, that would be so discouraging for me because I would think, “I did everything perfectly, how could this not be perfect??”  But now, when I have seen a high reading I think, “Well that wasn’t the right amount of insulin for that food–let’s make a note so I can change that next time.” (of course there are factors other than food like stress or illness or unknowns to take into account too!)   I see unexplained blood sugar readings as more of a problem for my doctor to help me solve or something that I can learn from instead of a personal judgment.

For many, many long years, I have struggled with thinking that a “good” number reading made me a good person and means that I did everything right that day; whereas a “bad” number made me feel guilty, frustrated, discouraged, and sad.  When honestly, blood sugar readings are fairly predictable with a fair amount of certainty, but there are unexplained, uncontrollable highs and lows.  I am not saying that highs and lows are outside of my control, because to a large degree, they are tethered to the decisions that I make with food and insulin coverage.  What I am saying is, I cannot get caught up in the few readings that are wandering off somewhere in no-man’s land.  In the myriad of times I have started again (or dreaded starting AGAIN) to really seriously control my diabetes, I thought that I needed to have every “plate” spinning perfectly: exercise, meal planning, testing blood sugar, doctor’s visits, eating healthy (and loving it!), sleep schedule (does this mean no sleeping in??  Gasp!) — and if I’m going to do all these things, I might as well do everything else in life right too like sending birthday cards to my relations, entertaining regularly, brushing and flossing 2x’s a day, keeping my nails painted, making meals for the sick, volunteering at church, etc… I mean, if I’m going to figure out diabetes, I probably need to figure out EVERYTHING while I’m at it.   It goes with out saying that I barely made it twenty minutes before I decided it was impossible.  I’m exaggerating slightly about all the things I try to figure out at once, but truly, only slightly.  For some reason, in my mind, everything will run together smoothly and fit, or out of frustration, I will ignore it and complete and under chaos will ensue.  Those seem to be the only choices.  If I’m going to do one thing right, I need to do ALL things right, or what’s the point?–that’s how I think.  That’s how my flesh thinks.  God says that I cannot, no matter how many ducks I get in a row, attain perfection.  In fact, He says the good I can do is like a “polluted garment”  (Isaiah 63:6).  And His love for me is not tied in any way to my performance.  He chose to love me while I was “dead in my sin” (Ephesians 2:5) knowing fully who I am from toe to tousle.  He didn’t choose me because of my goodness or despite my badness–He chose me because He wanted to!

“He predestined [chose] us for the adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will.”

(Ephesians 1:5 ESV)

It doesn’t stop there—God doesn’t just choose me and leave me be. He also promises to finish the good work He has begun in me.  (Philippians 1:6) Meanwhile, I need to remember that He will be the one that accomplishes it–not me and my mile-high recipe-for-discouragement checklists!