Eat more veggies! Try Garden Lites Veggie Muffins

I’m always searching for healthy snacks for my son and me, usually for food that’s quick to prepare and easy to take with us on the go. Whenever I find something interesting on store shelves, I check the back label, looking for minimal ingredients and plenty of nutrition. Recently, I received several boxes of Garden Lites Veggie Muffins to review. I was pleasantly surprised by the ingredient label and the taste!

 Garden Lites Veggie Muffins- My Life: A Work in Progress

Baby J and I tried out the following flavors:

  • Veggie blueberry oat
  • Zucchini banana chocolate chip
  • Zucchini chocolate
  • Carrot berry
  • Golden corn

The muffins arrived at our door tucked away with ice packs inside a styrofoam cooler box. Baby J and the cats, of course, immediately thought there had to be something incredibly awesome in a box like that. If my memory serves me correctly, Baby J’s words were, “Oh woooow!”

Keep the muffins frozen, until you’re ready to eat them. I would assume this is how the company avoids filling them with preservatives.

To eat, leave the frozen muffins inside their individual packaging and heat them in your microwave for about 35 seconds. They’ll be a little hot at that point, but soon afterwards cooled enough to eat. It’s also fine to toss them in the fridge and let them defrost. Then you only have to put them in the microwave for about 10 seconds.

One morning I also tossed a frozen muffin in the diaper bag when I knew we’d be gone all day running errands. By late afternoon, it was defrosted enough to eat, but I didn’t enjoy the texture. It’s edible, but these definitely taste better heated up.

The zucchini chocolate veggie muffins were my least favorite, but Baby J loved them. He’s more of a chocolate fan than I am. I liked the veggie blueberry oat muffins the best. Here’s the ingredient list:

Zucchini, Pasteurized Egg Whites, Evaporated Cane Juice, Pasteurized Whole Eggs, Blueberries, Soluble Corn Fiber, Certified Gluten Free Oats, Sorghum Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Corn Starch, Dried Blueberries (blueberries, sugar, sunflower oil), Certified Gluten Free Oat Flour, Carrot, Canola Oil, Baking Powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), Blueberry Flakes (blueberries, cane sugar, natural blueberry flavor), Salt, Vanilla Extract.

Not bad at all! I love that the first ingredient is zucchini. The other muffin flavors have similar ingredient lists too. These muffins really are packed with veggies, and each muffin is only 120 calories with 0 trans fat.

Garden Lites Veggie Muffins- My Life: A Work in Progress

In the fall and early winter, I bake muffins that I like to call “Harvest Muffins.” The ingredients change, but I always keep them filled with veggies and fruits like squash, carrots, beets, and apples. Although making something fresh at home is usually the cheapest way to go, I can’t deny the convenience of keeping a pack of these individually-wrapped healthy veggie muffins in the freezer. We have a couple of muffins left in the freezer, but when we’re out of them, I will buy more.

Garden Lites Veggie Muffins are sold at numerous retailers, like Whole Foods, Publix, and The Fresh Market. Flavor variety and availability will vary.

Have you tried veggies in muffins before? What’s your favorite healthy snack?

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Matcha Green Tea Muffins

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I’ve heard many things recently about the benefits of matcha, or green tea powder. Matcha has several benefits like antioxidants, metabolism boost, and all-day energy. Knowing this, I was excited to receive a package of USDA organic matcha by Kiss Me Organics. Since the powder is culinary grade, this matcha works well in smoothies, lattes, and even baking!

Simple recipe for Matcha Green Tea Muffins on My Life: A Work in Progress

Here’s a simple recipe for muffins that I made with my matcha green tea powder.

Matcha Green Tea Muffins


  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon Kiss Me Organics Matcha green tea powder
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 12 muffin cups with butter.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together (flour, salt, baking powder, matcha, and sugar) and set to the side. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, melted butter, and milk. Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture. Don’t over mix. You want it just moistened. Pour into your muffin tins.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed. This will be about 20- 25 minutes. Rotate pan about half way through baking.
  4. Cool muffins in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove to cool on a wire rack or plate.

The muffins were actually quite tasty. I’m not a huge fan of the green tea aftertaste, but I would imagine anyone who drinks a lot of green tea would be used to it. I wouldn’t call it a bitter taste, just a “green tea” taste to it. I also tried mixing the powder with water, and that was a bad idea (gross). When I juice a bunch of vegetables, I can sneak it in just fine; I don’t even notice the taste.

I wasn’t sure how the all-day energy would work. I’m a big coffee drinker, and I usually have two or three cups a day. Tea has never been able to stand up to my coffee buzz, so I didn’t think the powder would either. It doesn’t, but I do get energy from it. Just eating a muffin at breakfast and drinking water gives me enough energy to get by until at least lunch time. It might give all-day energy to someone who’s not used to a ton of caffeine.

Overall I liked it, and I think it’d be fun to see what types of baking, etc., I can sneak it into (my friend showed me a homemade matcha ice cream recipe she’s going to try!), but it won’t replace my daily coffee for me. Kiss Me Organics does have a free PDF recipe book, which is pretty neat.

You can purchase the organic match I used on Amazon, at this link: organic matcha green tea powder. There’s currently a buy one, get one 50% off deal, so now is a great time to buy!

What do you think? Would you be willing to try some matcha? What would you use your matcha in?

Note: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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