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Smart Food: Simply Smart Cheddar Chive Mini Muffins

Are you wondering what is Hood Simply Smart Milk?  I was.  Here’s what I found out:

Hood found an innovative, natural technique called ultra filtration to remove some of the water that makes lowfat milk look and taste watery.  The result is simply delicious milk rich in nutrition and taste.  Simply Smart: All the taste, without all the fat.

Not bad. Right? Many of us love milk and most of us use it in cooking. But the skim milk we typically drink does not provide the proper consistency that we need in recipes.  Secondly, the skim milk, well it tastes like skim milk; milk that has been watered down to be of the desired calorie and fat content.  Hood has felt our yearning for the richer tasting milk that we all drank once upon a time; with its Simply Smart milk products.  Simply Smart Fat Free, 1% and Fat Free Chocolate are available!

Last month I had the chance to hear from one of the greatest tennis players of all time on the importance of healthy eating and exercise.

Chris Evert with Caroline, Smarty Pants Mama

Chris Evert, the 18 Grand Slam Singles championsh, is the spokesperson of Simply Smart® and she is quite enthusiastic about it! At a event during BlogHer10 conference week, Chris shared ideas on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She reminded moms that pushing the stroller around the block does not count as exercise. We need to get our heart rate up, we need to sweat.  As a mom of 2 growing boys who love milk, she relies of Simply Smart® to give the boys, and her, the taste they crave without the added fat and calories.  Makes sense.

Many recipes were shared that evening, including Chris’ favorite of a frozen banana, peanut butter and Simply Smart® fat free milk smoothie. Sounds so good!

Below is a recipe that I tried that evening and LOVED! I hope you do too!

Simply Smart® Cheddar Chive Mini Muffins

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup canola oil
1 cup Simply Smart® Fat Free Milk
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives


  • Heat oven to 400° F.  Coat mini muffin tins with cooking spray.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
  • In a separate medium mixing bowl, combine the eggs, oil and milk, and add this mixture to the dry ingredients.  Mix just until the batter is blended. Gently fold in the cheddar cheese and chives. Do not over mix.
  • Fill the muffin tins about ¾ of the way full.  Bake for a8 to 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 5 minutes in the pan before removing to wire racks.  Enjoy!

If you are interested in trying Simply Smart, be sure to visit the Hood site to print out a coupon to save $1.00!


This recipe was provided by BeSimplySmart.com.

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