USANA’s International Convention (basically the biggest Associate party of the year) is next week! Can you believe it? I can, because my department (creative services) has been hard at work preparing for this event, taking place in downtown Salt Lake City, Aug. 14-17.
Signs, sales tools, posters, product packaging, flyers, brochures … pretty much everything that’s not online (that’s communications and social media) or moving (that’s USANA Studios) flows through my department, and it’s been a little crazy.
So what does that have to do with the USANA Test Kitchen? Well, long hours and working through lunch doesn’t leave a lot of time for eating right, and we tend to snack. A lot. And I’ll be honest, sometimes we don’t make the best choices. Invariably someone wants something sweet. We have other people who like salty snacks. And then we want something gummy and something crunchy, and pretty soon there are a slew of snacks at the end of the row.
Then, guess what happens? Yup. We ride the high-glycemic roller coaster and productivity plummets.
It’s clear we’re not doing ourselves any favors. So I whipped up some healthy muffins that I think you’ll absolutely adore. They’re packed with fiber, have very little sugar, and have just enough sweetness to satisfy major food cravings. Did I mention they have Nutrimeal™ in them? Of course they do!
2 cups of your favorite bran cereal
1 1/4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (Look for the kind that’s 30 calories per cup!)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 scoops of your favorite Nutrimeal™ (I used two scoops French Vanilla, one scoop Dutch Chocolate)
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Use a food processor to blend the bran cereal until it resembles a powder (or, if you don’t have a food processor, mix the cereal with the almond milk and let sit for a half hour). Add the almond milk to the cereal and mix. Add the egg, applesauce, and Nutrimeal to the cereal mix and combine. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and the dried cranberries to the mix. Spray your muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray and fill the cups. Bake for 18 minutes. Makes 16 muffins.
Seriously you guys, these muffins are the best thing I’ve made for the USANA Test Kitchen so far. I hope you try them and love them as much as I do!