The answer to the question, "Are blueberry muffins healthy...?" is "That depends."
Not all blueberry muffins are created equally...!
It is possible for blueberry muffins to be healthy!
We need to look at the ingredients that are used in creating a muffin (or cake or brownie) to determine its nutritional value and whether it's healthy or not.
"Healthy" simply describes anything that provides the body with something it needs to work well and doesn't contribute to poor health.
For example, refined sugar (called sucrose) loses all vitamin and mineral content during processing.
It retains the calories but has no nutrients (that's why it's described as having "empty calories" - it's empty of nutrients and therefore doesn't contribute to health).
Honey, on the other hand, has numerous nutritional benefits and can be used in place of refined sugar.
Using organic sugar might make a recipe a little healthier because the sugar cane would be grown without toxic pesticides or fertilizers - but it's still processed and lacking nutrition.
Raw, unprocessed sugar would be even better.
A natural sweetener known as stevia can replace sugar altogether as a sweetener.
It has no calories, has proven nutritional value and you can cook and bake with it easily.
Do you think blueberry muffins would be healthy if they were made with less refined sugar?
You can turn basic recipes into healthy muffin recipes or healthy cake recipes just by understanding the nutrition value of the ingredients.
I don't know of any pre-made muffins or goodies personally that use really nutritious ingredients, but I'm sure they exist.
But hey, how yummy would it be to make your own blueberry muffins that are healthy?
Let's take a basic blueberry muffin recipe and see how we could make it much healthier.
I'm not an avid cook, but I do love good, healthy food!
The purpose of this article is to show how blueberry muffins can be healthy - or any cake or muffin recipe for that matter.
Remember that these are still blueberry muffins - healthy ones yes, but they still contain a certain amount of calories.
Hopefully you won't fall for the false idea that "well, it's healthy, so I can eat a lot of it!"
The increased nutrition is what makes them healthier.
Try making them into "mini muffins" and enjoy one as a snack now and then.
Put a wee dab of real butter, not margarine on it (margarine is not healthy, it's a trans fat).
That'll make your blueberry muffins healthy for sure!
Yes, you can "have your muffin and eat it too."
health begins with good information."