An Apple, My New Banana
Much like the discovery I made using that single banana I applied this same principle to an apple. An apple by itself, just like a banana is very high in carbs. Again though when you divide that apple over 12 individual servings you have a muffin that comes in at 3 net grams per serving. Yup, that’s what I’m talking about, that’s low carb math done Mike’s way.
The Power of Choices
I love this quote from one of my favorite movies, Auntie Mame. In it she proclaims “Knowledge is Power.” You might well be wondering, how could that possibly be applicable here? Because the knowledge of knowing that you have great tasting, low carb alternatives that are nutrient dense sets you up for success.
When you provide yourself with a wide range of options that are an easy grab and go from the freezer, you are less likely to stray over to what I like to refer as the “dark side.” This is a strategy that I use over and over again and what keeps me on track and motivated.
Living Deprivation Free
The result of that discovery with that single banana culminated into applying that principle to other high carb fruits, berries and vegetables not ordinarily allowed with this way of eating. Here it’s an apple. Another one of those so called low carb no no’s. Instead what this does is it gives you another delicious option for your low carb arsenal. An option where you never ever have to feel deprived or left out again. This is what I like to call a game changer! It places the ball in our court.
Applying this over and over again has effectively helped me get over the anxiety I used to often feel when my only option was to deprive myself of my beloved sweets. This is by no means a good way to live. Constant deprivation only ever led me to binge. Then after all was said and done came that outset of guilt that one ensues when you live this way. A repetitious and very vicious cycle of self hate that taught me nothing except how to beat myself down.
Coffee Cake Reinterpreted
This apple streusel muffin is a coffee cake lovers delight. The cake part of the muffin has shredded bits of a Granny Smith apple. It also has a hint of vanilla notes lurking in the background along side all that buttery richness. The streusel which is my favorite part, is made with walnuts instead of the usual flour. I used it in very much the same way you would see it used in a traditional coffee cake. It has walnut streusel core that I also use to top the muffin off with. This gives it some additional texture and that uncompromising flavor you have come to expect from my recipes.
I hope you make haste to gather your ingredients to make this delicious alternative. You are going to be so glad you did. How’s this for having your cake and being able to eat it too. From my kitchen to yours, happy low carbing. Mike