The Lemon Blueberry Surprise Muffins “surprise” is a burst of cream cheese that adds flavor and tenderness. Vanilla whey protein is used in place of standard flour.

Lemon Blueberry Surprise Muffins Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 8 to 10 min
Ready In: 25 min

Servings: 9

Ingredients
3 medium Eggs
3 tbsp Oil
¼ cup Heavy Cream
1¼ cup Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/3 cup Splenda
¼ tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Grated Lemon Rind
½ tsp grated Orange Peel
½ cup Blueberries
3 oz Cream Cheese, cut into nine cubes
1 medium nonstick spray or paper Muffin Liners

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line nine muffin tins with paper liners or spray with nonstick spray.
Combine the eggs, oil, and cream; stir to blend. Add the whey powder, baking powder, Splenda, cinnamon, lemon rind and orange peel. Stir until it combines. Do not over-stir or the muffins will be tough. Fold in the blueberries gently.
Spoon one-half of the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Place a cube of cream cheese in the center of each. Fill the tins with the remaining batter, making certain that the batter goes completely around the cubes of cream cheese.
Bake at 375 degrees for eight to 10 minutes, or until the muffins spring back when touched and no longer look moist on the top. Serve warm.

Tips & Notes
Many people think whey protein is only used by bodybuilders who are interested in gaining a lot of muscular weight. The truth is that your body needs protein and whey protein is a pure form of this essential dietary component.
Whey protein helps maintain a healthy body composition, fight off chronic diseases and can help you improve your emotional health.
Whey protein can be used to improve your overall physical health while also preventing diseases and infection. According to the Whey Protein Institute, whey protein can help to slow cancer growth in the body, prevent type-2 diabetes by controlling blood glucose levels and promote new skin growth to speed up wound healing. Faster skin growth can be especially beneficial for large wounds and burn victims.
Feeling stressed can often lead to feeling emotionally drained and overeating. Whey protein helps to reduce stress levels to combat this effect. According to Energy First, whey protein slows production of cortisol, a stress hormone, to reduce stress and depression while helping releasing the calming hormone serotonin.
Whey protein provides your body with essential amino acids. Amino acids as a part of protein can be found in your muscles, ligaments, hair, nails, teeth, body fluids, organs and glands. Amino acids are used in these areas for growth and repair.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 224
Total Fat: 13g
Cholesterol: 120mg
Sodium: 220mg
Total Carbohydrates: 4g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Protein: 22g

Source: DiabetesCare.net

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