fresh-cranberriesI’ve been on a cranberry kick these past couple of months. Lucky me, I stocked up on fresh cranberries this past November and froze them ;) If you weren’t so ‘lucky’ to remember to do so, you can check places like Whole Foods, Kroger, and some of the other upscale grocery stores for fresh cranberries. You get a lot of ‘bang’ for your ‘buck’. In dieting terms, you get a lot of volume without it costing you a lot in terms of carbs. One-half cup of cranberries (55g) is only 30 calories, and 7 grams of carbs! To make things even better, they are very strong in terms of flavor, so you really don’t need a lot to taste the cranberry flavor. I have been on a carb cycling diet these past few weeks, so I decided to see how I could make a low-carb breakfast using something sweet. Typically, I would have eggwhites with a tablespoon of salsa or maybe some mushrooms and spinach. And although I love my egg whites with salsa, I wanted something sweet. I made these cranberry orange zest muffins and they hit the spot! I swaped out my macros and this is what I came up with:

    Low-Carb Cranberry Orange-Zest Mini-Muffins

Ingredients 2 egg whites 20 grams vanilla protein powder 10 grams of chopped cranberries zested orange or a dash of orange flavored extract splenda or stevia optional

Zesting and orange can make all the difference!

Zesting an orange can make all the difference!

< Mix all ingredients with wisk and place in mini muffin pan. Bake at 400 for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown on tops.
Cranberry orange muffins in silicone pan

Cranberry orange muffins in silicone pan

Nutritional Info Makes 6 mini muffins Calories: 112 Fat: 1.1 Carbs: 3.0 Protein: 22.7 cranorangezestmuffins