Muffins are one of those things we quickly give up when we start watching our weight. And for good reason. Some the size of a softball made with starchy white flour, butter, loads of sugar, and likely some syrupy canned version of what used to be fruit combine to make a breakfast that will have you crashing before you can wash it down with coffee. Or, there are Van’s muffins. If you need a muffin fix, then reach for these.
Found in the frozen natural foods section at most major grocery stores (we’ve found ours at Super Target and Kroger), these make a nice addition to a balanced breakfast. We actually prefer them as dessert.
The best part is, it’s not a softball-sized muffin. It’s actually the best part of the muffin – the muffin tops, or as Van’s calls them, muffin crowns. In a portion-crazed world, these are just right for a quick breakfast, a snack, or a dessert.
They stay frozen, and a quick toss in the microwave tastes like you just pulled them out of your grandmother’s oven. Currently there are two flavors to enjoy – the triple chocolate, which works best as dessert, and the wild blueberry.
As with all Van’s products, the ingredients are natural and you’d find the majority of them in your grocery store or pantry. Whole wheat flour, buttermilk, brown sugar, wild blueberries, egg whites, rolled oats, and applesauce are just a few of the main ingredients. We love that they resemble a recipe you’d make yourself. Each blueberry muffin crown has 110 calories, two grams of fat, zero cholesterol, 240mg of sodium, a whopping six grams of fiber, eight grams of sugar, and three grams of protein.
A family can quickly make their way through the small four-packs, but if you treat them like a treat then you’ll take your time enjoying them.
If you toss one in yours or the kids’ lunch boxes, they’ll be ready to enjoy by lunch, replacing a less satisfying sweet treat.
Whether enjoying the muffins, or Van’s other breakfast products like the multigrain waffles (also available gluten free), French toast sticks, or pancakes, you’ll be able to have those comfort food breakfasts on the go without any guilt.
September 7th, 2011