Jane dragged herself into my office. The family physician next door had sent her to me in my position as staff dietitian. He wanted me to see if there could possibly be a link between her frequent afternoon headaches and a possible dietary component before he sent her for further tests. I soon discovered that there was a link between her diet and her headaches, but it was due to what she was not eating. Jane told me she seldom had time for breakfast since her shift started at 7:00 and she often had only coffee or a diet coke until 3:30, when she was done for the day. Then she was famished and most often stopped to grab something to eat at one of the fast food places nearby. Frequently by this time her headache was already starting and she would spend the rest of the night lying on the couch, watching TV, snacking, and nursing her headache.
Has this ever happened to you? Do you need some energy food to rescue you?
Actually I didn’t need my degree in nutrition to figure out what the problem was. Probably Jane’s grandmother could have given her the right advice. She needed to eat something before 3:30. We discussed a number of options, but it was the Powerful Bran Muffin that fit her best. The recipe was easy, tasty, healthy, and filling. Jane could make it on her day off with a friend and the muffins they didn’t eat could be frozen and ready for breakfast or even lunch
Make these to have on hand when you need rescuing.
COMMENT - TELL ME ABOUT YOUR RESCUE FOOD
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tins - makes 18 muffins.
COMBINE IN A LARGE BOWL:
1/2 (7 oz) BOX BRAN CEREAL
3/4 CUP RAISINS
1 CUP SUGAR
1 CUP WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR
1 1/2 CUP ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
2 1/2 TEASPOONS BAKING SODA
3/4 TEASPOON SALT
MIX THE FOLLOWING IN A SEPARATE BOWL:
1/2 CUP WESSON OIL
1/2 QUART BUTTERMILK
COMBINE THE EGG MIXTURE WITH THE CEREAL MIXTURE.
OPTIONAL: 1/4 CUP CHIA SEEDS AND/OR 1 CUP OF WALNUT PIECES
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Tricia Gregory, MA,RD/N
A dietitian who is a foodie and loves a great dinner party with wonderful food and terrific friends.