Former Super Mario Bros. addict Erin Gahagan finds a healthy new way to ignite her super powers.
The good news is, I got older and ceased spending my summers in front of a console in a damp basement. But that doesn’t mean I forgot my Super Mario Bros. fantasy: Wouldn’t it be totally awesome if power-ups were real? I mean, pop a Super Mushroom and you can break bricks! Scarf down a Super Leaf and you can fly!
While they won’t make you fly, they will fill you with energy-boosting ingredients that’ll carry you through the day. Which is a pretty good superpower in itself!
Now I know these items are super healthy—but I have no idea why. So I quickly checked in with Dr. Oz (via doctoroz.com; regrettably, I don’t actually know the good doctor) and found:
Flax Seeds—great source of fiber; plant source of omega-3 fatty acids (which our body doesn’t make naturally, yet helps immensely with our anti-inflammatory system); contain lingans, purported to reduce the risk of some cancers.
Wheat Germ— the most vitamin- and mineral-rich part of the wheat kernel; packed with B vitamins, fiber, phytosterols (which promote good cholesterol), healthy fatty acids, minerals, and vitamin E.
The Power Muffins are simple to whip up—mix together the dry ingredients, mix the wet ingredients, then combine and dole out into a muffin pan.
So while Power Muffins may not give me the ability to shoot fireballs or evade my enemies by turning into a statue, they’re a pretty fabulous energy-boosting treat. Especially when I eat them while wearing overalls and a red “M” hat.
makes 18 muffins
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1-½ cups white whole-wheat flour or whole-wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
½ cup applesauce
½ cup pure maple syrup
½ cup almond milk
½ cup raisins
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal mixed with 6 tablespoons warm water; let sit for 10 minutes
Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a large bowl, toss together chia seeds, wheat germ, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients and add to flour mixture. Mix until well blended.
- Pour in nonstick muffin pan (or line muffin pan with paper cup liners) and bake for 30 minutes. Cool and serve.