Today I want to talk about a little something by the name of antioxidants. Before I did some research, all I new about antioxidants were that they were good for you, but why are they healthy and what exactly do they do to your body?
Antioxidants in a Nutshell
Oxygen. You may think it’s great, one of the most important things to life, however it can be just as dangerous. Oxygen is also a highly reactive element that has the capacity form into free radicals. Free Radicals are BAAD! They are very unstable and damage the body’s cells.
Thankfully, free Radicals can be controlled by the MIGHTY antioxidant. The antioxidant’s comes into play by stabilizing or deactivating the free radicals before they come in contact with a cell.
Antioxidants are known to reduce the risk of:
Unhealthy Immune System
As well as improve overall Brain Function
Not only are antioxidants great for protecting you cells, but they also are quite tasty. Here’s a recipe to some super clean, anti-oxidizing muffins. My mother can’t stop eating them
Super Antioxidant Flax Berry Muffins
1 cup Whole wheat flour
1 cup Unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup Ground flaxseed
2 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup Agave
1/4 cup egg whites or egg replacer
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup Non Dairy milk soured with 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup sliced Sweet cherries
1/2 cup Blueberries
1/4 cup Raspberries
1/4 cup Pomegranate seeds
Non stick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl sift together all dry ingredients.
In a medium bowl whisk together all of the wet ingredients minus the berries.
Combine wet ingredients to dry and mix together. Like the cupcakes, be careful not to overmix as the muffins will turn dry and dense.
Fold in your berries into the batter. You can mix in your berries if you’d like your muffins to be purple.
Scoop your batter into 18 muffin tins, lined and sprayed, about 2/3 way full. Throw in oven for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!
Per muffin: 105 calories; Fat: 1.5 grams (Saturated: 0.1 grams); Sodium: 180 mg; Potassium: 50 mg; Carbohydrate: 20 g; Fibre: 2 grams; Sugars: 8.8 grams; Proteins: 3 grams; Source of vitamin C, Manganese and Riboflavin