eDiets Breakfast Review: Blueberry Muffin

by Marianne Plunkert                                   

Overall rating:  4

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

As was the case with the banana-nut breakfast muffin that was a breakfast entrée in Week 1, this blueberry muffin came wrapped in cellophane and enclosed in a cardboard box.  There were no heating instructions, and no nutritional information was supplied on the packaging.  The blueberry muffin was similar in size to the banana-nut muffin, too—about 2 ½ inches in diameter. 

The menu plan for the week indicated that I was to add a non-fat dairy product to complete the meal.  I elected to add an ounce of reduced-fat cream cheese to my plate.  (Low-fat cheese is on the eDiets’ list of permitted dairy products.) 

Blueberry Muffin

My General Impressions

Although the “meal” I saw on my plate hardly looked like it would be sufficient to tide me over until lunch, I recalled thinking the same thing about last week’s banana-nut muffin breakfast.  Much to my surprise, it had kept me sated until noon.  Nevertheless, I was still doubtful that this would do the same, even though the two muffins were about the same size.  I’m happy to report it did.

I cut the muffin in half and spread some of my cream cheese on each half.  The muffin was moist enough without it and had a good flavor, so the cream cheese merely enhanced the dining experience.  It was the “icing on the cake,” so to speak.

Nutritional Content

I had to log on to the eDiets website to find information on the nutritional content of this breakfast entrée since none was supplied on the muffin packaging.  I wasn’t overly thrilled with what I discovered.   

This rather small muffin has 170 calories, 72 of which are fat calories.  That’s over 42%.  Even more distressing to me is that it contains 12 grams of sugar—over half of what the American Heart Association recommends as the average daily sugar intake for women—and only 1 gram of fiber.  There are 24 grams of total carbs and a measly 3 grams of protein.

It doesn’t offer much in the way of nutrition at all.  According to the information I found, it supplies only 2% of the daily average recommended dose of Vitamin C and no other vitamins or minerals. 

The blueberries used in making the muffin represent the only fruit component—not close to a serving of that food group.  My ounce of cream cheese equals 1 serving of dairy.  The meal offers nothing from the vegetable group, and 3 grams of protein aren’t even ¼ of what is considered a serving from that section of the food pyramid.

Food Rating/Quality

The blueberry muffin was moist and flavorful enough, but I can give it only a “4” on a scale of 1 to 5.  Like eDiets’ banana-nut muffin, its blueberry muffin is no different from those served at the free continental breakfasts offered by some hotel chains, and I suspect it may be a prepackaged item that eDiets purchases in bulk.

With its high fat and sugar content and almost zilch nutritional value, it is not a breakfast item I will choose to eat again if I can avoid it.  And happily, I can, because eDiets does make it easy enough to substitute another entrée for any that don’t strike your fancy.

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