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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Otis Who? Healthy Muffins For The NexGen!


Now you have a different kind of muffin to enjoy

Once upon a time in my life as a graduate student I had a job as a portable food vendor in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area called Corporate Cafe. Yep, I would arrive early in the morning and load up a big cooler full of sandwiches, sodas, juice, bagels, cookies, and muffins to make my rounds at the nearby car dealerships and golf shops selling all of these high-carb garbage foods just to pull in a few bucks while I was attending graduate school. I'm not proud of it now, but it was just a job at the time and my nearly 400-pound self didn't mind eating away the profits on a regular basis.

One of the most popular and bestselling items I sold was the muffins made by a baked goods company called Otis Spunkmeyer. Their humongously gigantic muffins were very appealing to the eye because of their jumbo size and the perceived value for the money you spent on them. Nevermind all that nasty white flour, corn syrup, artificial colors, and sugar they load into these things which were nothing but bad news for both your weight and health. People loved 'em then and probably still drool over them now.

It's been nearly 15 years ago that I had that food vendor job and I sold those Otis Spunkmeyer muffins for a couple of bucks at the time. Now that I'm livin' la vida low-carb in the 21st century, though, I have longed to find a company that could come up with a similar kind of muffin as those ones I used to sell except make them healthy. If people are willing to shell out that kind of money for an Otis Spunkmeyer muffin, then how much more valuable would a low-carb equivalent be?

Well, you wait is now over thanks to a company I found called R&B/NexGen™ Foods. This brand new healthy living business has dedicated itself to bringing great-looking and excellent-tasting quality low-carb foods to the market to enjoy as part of your healthy lifestyle. Founded and led by Dr. Peter Radatti and Dr. Keith Berkowitz (husband of the awesome Valerie Berkowitz, formerly worked with the late Dr. Robert C. Atkins at his Atkins Center For Complementary Medicine, and you may recall he was the one who helped Men's Health editor David Schipper lose 33 pounds last year on a low-carb diet), they are hoping to provide superb foods for the next generation (thus the name of their company--NexGen!).

Their very first product introduced to the marketplace are those amazing ready-to-eat morsels of low-carb goodness you see displayed so beautifully at the top of this post called NexGen™ Muffins. Each super-sized 4-ounce muffin is available in three delicious and nutritious flavors for you to enjoy: Lemon Poppy Seed, Banana Walnut, and Orange Pineapple.

As soon as I saw "egg" as the very first ingredient in these muffins instead of high fructose corn syrup or white flour, then I knew this was going to be a special product indeed for people who are livin' la vida low-carb. They have a proprietary blend of fiber as well as natural poppy seeds and walnuts baked right in them. Mmmm. Plus, they use the much-healthier butter instead of margarine, natural flavors, no preservatives, and just a tiny bit of sucralose (Splenda) and canola oil to make them turn out exactly right.

I have personally tried all three flavors and can personally attest that they really do taste as good as they look! Even better is the nutritional content in each half-muffin serving size--a miniscule 2g net carbs, 100% sugar-free, just 80 calories, only 5g fat, 50 percent of your RDA for calcium, and a whopping 12g dietary fiber in each power-packed half-muffin serving! This ain't some chintzy low-carb pretender product, people--it's most definitely a high-quality real deal food you will immediately fall in love with for all the right reasons.

Additionally, you won't find ANY trans fats (those terrible partially hydrogenated oils that are bad news for you), modified food starches, wheat gluten, soy flour, sugar alcohols (YEAH, no maltitol!), chemical preservatives, artificial colors, food additives, GMOs, or grains in the NexGen™ Muffins. In other words, they're REAL food! :)

What about diabetics? Can they have these marvelous muffins? Well, because they are completely sugar-free and very low-carb, absolutely these are the perfect food choice for a diabetic to consume. How about someone with Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance? Again, these are gluten-free and wheat-free products, so people with that disease can eat these with confidence. However, the minority of you who are like me and are salt-sensitive should be aware that each half-muffin serving has 250 milligrams of sodium--which is plenty low as long as you don't eat three in a single day (I know it'll be tempting!).

The key ingredient in NexGen™ Muffins is the incredible patent-pending "fiber flour" substitute that provides much more fiber than the average American consumes on a daily basis. As people who are livin' la vida low-carb already know, fiber is a vital part of your healthy lifestyle change, so getting ample amounts in your diet is crucial.

Since both soluble and insoluble fiber is not digested by your body, it does not get absorbed into the bloodstream like sugar and other refined carbohydrates so readily do. That's one reason consuming fiber on low-carb is so good for you. It also helps promote regularity, removes toxins from your body, balances the acid that lingers in your intestines, binds with fatty acids to improve your lipid profile, and greatly slows the digestion of carbohydrates so your blood sugar remains stablized.

In fact, there has been plenty of published research that indicates fiber is also helpful for lowering blood pressure, dropping LDL and total cholesterol, warding off weight gain, and even significantly reducing the risk of such epidemic health ailments as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and Type II diabetes. This sorta begs the question--why isn't EVERYONE eating more fiber? That's why we need more products like NexGen™ Muffins.

Okay, I'm sure you are thinking all of this talk about health is great and all, but do they really taste as good as they look? All I can say about that is I've eaten about a dozen of these muffins over the past couple of weeks and can verifiably say that they have an incredible texture along with a naturally sweet taste. Far too often you get a funky wang or a gritty feeling in your mouth with some low-carb products. But not with NexGen™ Muffins because the creators have taken great pains to do these the right way.

If I had one minor criticism about them, then it would be that they can be a little hard to swallow from being so dry with the tons of fiber that are in them. But I came up with a solution to that problem rather quickly. After you heat the muffin in the microwave for about a minute (or a little bit longer if it's still frozen), stick a pat of butter on top and let it ooze down inside and along the sides to moisten the muffin. Another trick that works is slicing it open with a slit at the top and pour some whipping cream over it in a bowl. The opportunities to be creative with these muffins is literally endless!

This is the very first ready-to-eat low-carb muffin product I have ever seen on the market and I expect it will do very well with the right kind of publicity and distribution. There are plenty of low-carb muffin mixes available, but not ones that you can just pop in the microwave to warm up and in seconds be ready to devour as part of your low-carb lifestyle. With NexGen™ Muffins, now you can!

Because these muffins don't have any preservatives in them like the aforementioned high-carb Otis Spunkmeyer ones do, they do not have a very long shelf life apart from remaining frozen. They must be kept in a freezer and can then be transferred to a refrigerator with a 7-day shelf life. I keep three in the fridge at a time and move a frozen one down to replace the muffins I consume. It's a different way to look at muffins, but they are radically different from those garbage ones you are accustomed to.

The creators of these superb new NexGen™ low-carb products are now working on other products that they hope to introduce to the market in the near future, including ready-to-eat pizza, tortilla wraps, and dinner rolls--no doubt all of them will use the same high-quality "fiber flour" substitute in place of traditional white flour. I can't wait! I'll look forward to telling you about those when they hit the market. You'll be the first to know! :D

If you have any specific questions about the R&B/NexGen™ Foods line of low-carb products or if you are a retailer interested in selling these fantastic foods for your customers, then please e-mail them anytime at info@nexgenfoods.com. Be sure to tell them you read about their company from Jimmy Moore at the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog. THANKS and enjoy eating healthy for a change!

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13 Comments:

Blogger Sparky's Girl said...

Those look so good! I do occassionally miss being able to grab a muffin on my way out the door. This would be a nice option!

I'll be looking forward to trying them, as well as the other products they are looking at producing.

3/27/2007 7:33 PM  
Blogger TESS said...

Who eats half a muffin? Isn't that like eating half a bagel? I think, if they decide to make them in the 2 oz size I just may partake. For now, sugarfree vita muffins will have to do!

3/28/2007 7:00 AM  
Blogger mrfritznyc said...

just to be a contrarian again, why on earth would I want to put that in my mouth? I am already getting ALL the calories/nutrition I need from wholesome real food -eggs, beef, fish, etc., vegetables, fruit...

3/28/2007 7:53 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Feel free to be "contrarian" anytime, MrFritzNYC! That's okay and I understand your sentiments. If you are happy with what you are eating as part of your low-carb lifestyle rght now, then there's absolutely no reason to eat these muffins.

But for those people who long for a muffin to eat that is not just more high-carb junk food that seems to pervade our society these days, these NexGen muffins are indeed a much healthier and just as delicious alternative with lots of fiber, ZERO sugar, and made with lots of wholesome real food, too.

THANKS again for your comments!

3/28/2007 9:09 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Hey Tess,

These muffins are HUGE! So you could cut them in half to make two 2-ounce servings. Basically this would DOUBLE the number of muffins for you! :) You won't be disappointed.

3/28/2007 9:12 AM  
Blogger BSN said...

Kinda pricey at over $2 a muffin. Probably $2.50-$3.00 after shipping. Any word on when they'll get retailers lined up? I'd love to try them, but I can fix alot of omelets for $3.00.

;-)

3/28/2007 9:18 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS, BSN! The price of these muffins are competitive with the high-carb garbage ones that are out there and you really get your money's worth for what it is. But I understand your sentiment.

Distribution in stores is a tricky thing and I know they are working on it right now. The company is just getting started, so it may be a while before that happens.

In the meantime, I encourage you and anyone else to simply give them a try at least once and see how you like them. Finding a high-quality muffin in 2007 that a low-carber can feel confident in is next to impossible.

Well, here it is now. :)

THANKS for your comments and I'd LOVE to know what you think about them if you do decide to try them.

3/28/2007 9:31 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Strawberry season coming up. Bet one of these muffins cut in half, and covered in some fresh strawberries, and a little whipped cream would make a great substitute for strawberry shortcake! Not to eat too often, as I've been retraining my habits away from baked goods, but why not once in a while?

3/28/2007 11:37 AM  
Blogger teapotsgalore said...

Just put in my order to try some - thanks for the tip, Jimmy! Hope they're as tasty a treat as they look :)

3/28/2007 3:20 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

ENJOY the muffins, teapotsgalore! Like I wrote in my post, the only complaint I have is that they are a little dry--but it's LOADED with fiber. Just keep a large glass of water with you when you eat it so you don't choke and/or use the whipping cream and butter to enhance it.

Another thing I did with the muffin is heat it up in the microwave and put a scoop of CarbSmart ice cream on top with a few berries and whipped cream on top...mmm mmm!

I'd LOVE to know what you think about them after you taste them. THANKS!

3/28/2007 3:25 PM  
Blogger teapotsgalore said...

Hey Jimmy, I received my shipment in great condition (wonderful freezer-pack packaging) and have been really enjoying them! Many thanks for your warning about the dryness. I took the first one, cut it in half and toasted it with a pat of butter on each half. Then topped both pieces off with strawberries. Oh my heavens, it was delish!

On the down side, just taking a bite of the muffin plain, I could tell right away that it was baked with Splenda. I've never heard anyone else complain about baked goods that contain Splenda, and I don't taste Splenda specifically in other things like sugar-free ice cream, but there must be something that happens to Splenda when it's baked that my taste buds can detect. So I was initially disappointed, but by "doctoring" the muffins the way you suggested, all initial problems disappeared. Can't wait to try other variations - I bet it'll be very tasty with cream cheese and a little sugar-free preserve on top, too!

4/01/2007 2:47 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Mmmm, teapotsgalore, that strawberry shortcake sounds like a FANTASTIC recipe! I'm glad you liked them. THANKS for sharing your comments.

4/01/2007 6:43 PM  
Blogger Eitan said...

Just so you all know these muffins are going to be available in retails stores very very soon (waldbaums, A&P, etc). They will be selling in packs of 3 (2 oz muffins) and come in an additional flavor, blueberry. Also orange pineapple will now be cran orange pineapple. ENJOY

8/19/2007 12:51 PM  

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