Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Ever since I received Habitall, a new all natural sweetener that is made from monk fruit, I wanted to make lemon poppy seed muffins.  You see, Tony can tell every time when I use artificial sweeteners in muffins.  I’ve been using Splenda for so long, I don’t really taste the difference anymore.

Much like Splenda, Habitall is measured cup for cup for sugar.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

  • makes 12 – each one is 161 calories, 5.9 fat, 21 carbs, 1.2 fiber and 4 protein


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Habitall
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest (zest from one large, or two small lemons)
  • 1.25 cups soy vanilla milk

Heat oven to 350.  Mix the dry ingredients together.  In a separate bowl, mix the egg, zest and soy milk together.  Mix with dry ingredients just until all the flour is incorporated.   Divide mixture evenly between a 12 cup muffin pan and bake for 20 minutes, checking after 15 depending on your stove.

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The verdict?  Tony and I were a bit taken aback by this recipe because even though I used 1/2 a cup of Habitall, these weren’t very sweet at all – almost tasted like a savory lemon poppy seed muffin, which I actually ended up really liking because I don’t like overly sweet muffins.  And I am still loving my Williams Sonoma muffin tin – I used a gift card, but the $30 price tag is so worth it.  Lifetime warranty, nothing sticks and the muffins always come out so pretty.

My breakfast – one muffin, egg white scramble with spinach and some fresh fruit.

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The outdoor pool is open at my gym and even though it was a bit overcast, it was near 80 degrees so I thought I’d swim outside.  There were a couple day camps of kids, but the swim lanes are kind of off to the side.

Um, the water was fricken cold.  The lifeguard told me that when its not really hot outside the pool temperature is between 68 and 70 degrees.  When I went back to the indoor pool, it was like swimming in bath water. Open-mouthed smile  I ended up swimming for 40 minutes.

Longtime readers know that Tony doesn’t really eat leftovers.  So when we do roasts, whole chickens, etc. on the grill, I usually have to get pretty creative using the leftover meat for me.

Enter Thai beef soup.  Holy shizz this was good. So simple too – ready in less than 10 minutes.

Thai Beef Soup

  • serves one – 443 calories, 17 fat, 45 carbs, 4.3 fiber and 34 protein


  • 3 ounces leftover beef (I used the leftover brisket from Saturday night)
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 1 medium zucchini, julienned
  • 2 ounces thin soba noodles (2 ounces dry = about 1 cup cooked)
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • cracked pepper to taste
  • (I didn’t add any salt because the broth was enough)

In a stock pot, add chicken broth, carrot, succhini to a low rolling boil.  Add in soba noodles.  Mine are super thin, so they cook in just three minutes.  Remove from heat and add the beef, sprouts, sriracha and pepper.  Since I made this before work, I just let it cool on my stove for about 20 minutes before packing it up.

I have a julienne peeler which I love.  I got a three pack of 3 different vegetable peelers at Target a few years ago. 

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The sauce was spicy, the beef since it was grilled gave an almost smoky flavor to the soup, and this was surprisingly very filling.

I had burgers on the menu last night and again, my green beans got a tad frozen in the back of the fridge so I made more green bean fries.  My batter this time was just 1/2 cup of seltzer mixed with 1/3 cup flour with salt and pepper.  You can add more flour for a thicker batter, but these were just perfect.

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Since I use my deep fryer, these aren’t greasy, and took about 5 minutes total.  Knowing that I had Day 8 of Insanity to do later in the evening, I ended up eating only half of this plate. I thought if I was still hungry after the workout I could eat the other burger, but I didn’t end up doing that.

I survived Day 8 of Insanity, and have to say that I was able to do about 95% of it.  Still kicks my ass though – I am a sweaty mess after those 40 minutes.

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I really like the stretching after the first warm-up and at the very end.  I think that’s why I am not as sore as I thought I would be.  I also take two ibuprofen before I go to bed too, so I think that helps.

So when I workout after dinner, I decide not to take any insulin with dinner because I don’t want to crash during the workout.  I did snack on 1 ounce of almonds mixed with 1 ounce of pretzels in the evening and before bed my blood sugar was 279, so I decided to give myself 4 units of fast acting insulin to bring it down a bit, then took my overnight insulin per usual.

Around 2 in the morning I woke up and I knew my blood sugar was low.  Rat farts.  It was 61 and falling so I ate a small banana and an orange and went back to bed.  This morning it was back up to 179.  Thank goodness I can fall back asleep really well though! Open-mouthed smile

Stats for Monday

  • 1741 calories, 78 fat, 184 carbs, 18 fiber and 87 protein
  • 42% of calories from carbs, 41% from fat and 17% from protein
  • 40 minute swim at lunch
  • 40 minute Day 8 of Insanity
  • no alcohol Martini glass

Time to get this show on the road.  I have breakfast wontons on the menu this morning and smoked turkey sausage with cauliflower mac n cheese for lunch with sautéed apples. 

Make it a great day!


26 thoughts on “Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

  1. I am not a fan of overly sweet muffins either! These sound great. Glad you’re enjoying the new sweetener. Those green beans? Um, yummmm. Have a great day 🙂

  2. This day’s menu is yum yum yum all the way!

  3. You always have some of the tastiest looking food!!!
    You’re still killing it with Insanity!! (and I’m the same after – sweat dripping in my eyes!!!)

  4. That soup looks amazing! Sometimes I like the leftovers for meat better than the original recipe I cooked it for. 🙂

  5. As usual, your food looks delicious. Two workouts in one day, wow Biz you are on a roll! I likely will be starting insulin in three months. I’m not looking forward to it, but need to lower the blood sugar. I need to start testing more often. I’m pretty slack where that is concerned. I just take my gazillion meds and see what the blood draw says at the doctor. Need to do better, for sure.

    • Here’s a tip Roxy – tell your doctor you test your blood sugar twice as much as you normally would – you’ll get twice as many test strips for the same price.

      Being on insulin isn’t bad – you need to keep your blood sugars in the normal range to prevent complications later in life. You can do it!

  6. Sorry about your cold pool – ours is the opposite, it’s like a warm bath. Which generally is nice but when its warm not really refreshing.

    This looked like the such a delicious day of food – I’m dying over your lunch!

  7. The muffins sound perfect, I don’t care for much sweetness. I’m a fan of poppy seeds too. The soup though sounds amazing I just wish I could get those noodles here. We are so behind the times, it sucks! I’m hoping to finally get to use my pool next week, this weekend should warm it up if I put the solar cover on it 🙂

    • Hooray for the pool opening! Fingers crossed it gets warm enough soon. Before you know it, you’ll have pool towels dripping all over the place. And I may have to make your pull apart bread for Tony for Father’s Day!

  8. Those lemon poppy seed muffins looked so good for breakfast that instead of making them, I went to the store and bought some, pretty sure they do not taste as good as yours, but they did hit that lemon poppy seed “spot.” I have been doing a lemon and mint detox drink the last couple of days…..gosh is that good.

    I think by the end of this month you will be insanely 10lbs lighter….keep going you are doing a great job!!!!

  9. I prefer muffins on the less sweet side also, those look tasty! You are doing awesome on your insanity stuff, I need to get my butt motivated.

  10. I’m really inspired by your daily workouts, Biz. Seeing your daily “working face” makes me think, “Now it’s my turn!”
    Also, I love lemon poppyseed anything! Do you create all your own recipes?!

    • Thanks Lara! I am what you call an “adapter” recipe follower. I look at a bunch of recipes and pull out things I like in them and the make it depending what I have on hand. Sometimes there are duds – they don’t make the blog very often, but they happen!

      Baby G is getting so big!!

  11. I don’t consider 1/2 cup of sugar very much for a muffin recipe so I’m not surprised by the lack of sweetness. Take my fave banana bread, for example (quick breads are the same as muffins in loaf form). Same amount of flour as this recipe, but twice the sugar, plus you get a lot of added sweetness from the overripe bananas. So 1/2 cup ain’t much but at least you know how much you like in a muffin now! I’m extremely impressed with the rise on these and wonder if it was your awesome pan or if the sugar substitute really didn’t mess up the rise like Splenda does. They look great! As does your soup and your dinner and your beautiful sweaty face!

    • Thanks V! Next time I’ll double it – since I hadn’t used this sweetener before I figured to start out with less.

      It’s the pan V. Worth the $30 bucks – they come out perfect every time.

  12. I did Insanity too this morning (Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs). I can’t keep up with the pace so I do everything on my own pace. I too like the stretching after warm up, P90X uses that too and it loosens up the muscles good before the actual workout starts. I have to say that I skipped the warm up of the cardio abs because by that time I was warm and sweaty already. The cardio abs was really tough after the pure cardio but I did the best I could 🙂

    You’re rocking Insanity Biz.

    • I have to admit Fran, that I don’t go as fast as they do either – I pretty much keep the same pace each round, but try to keep the form right – even Shaun T says its form over speed, and I have to agree. But last night I decided that I was going to kill it on the mountain climbers and I survived! 😀 Thanks for cheering me on Fran!

  13. So proud of you for how great you are doing with Insanity! I don’t think I could get through five seconds of it!

  14. I usually don’t like muffins . . . but lemon poppyseed is an exception! I want to try making these. I wonder if I could use oat flour instead of regular flour . . . .

    • I don’t see why you couldn’t use oat flour. I’ve used coconut and almond flour as substitutes before – they are just a tad more dense.

  15. I thought this use of leftovers was awesome — it’s a totally different meal!

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