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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Mini Muffins- OCCASIONAL Indulgence

As a general rule, WLS patients should avoid baked goods for several reasons: ingredients that may cause dumping (sugar, wheat), lack of nutritional value, and the “soft foods phenomena” or foods that dissolve to quickly in the pouch and pass allowing too much consumption. And really, if we are truthful, excessive consumption of baked goods caused, in part, our obesity.

That said, I confess to enjoying a baked treat now and again. Here’s a little portion control trick I’ve learned: Mini Muffins. For about $10 you can get a 24-cup mini muffin tin and bake your favorite recipe. Mini Muffins freeze well, and one muffin is taste satisfying portion control. The argument could be made- just cut a regular muffin in half. I’m not to good at cutting it in half and then only eating one half. One mini muffin feels like a whole treat. I know, it’s mind games, but winning those is half the battle against obesity.

I don’t recommend any baked goods for patients in the phase of rapid weight loss. But for maintainers this is an acceptable occasional indulgence. Check out the recipe section for a few of my favorite tiny treats.

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