Recipe: Blueberry-Lemon Scones

Original Recipe: From Vegweb.com

Recipe makes 6-9 scones (1350 calories)
1 serving = 1 scone (approx 150-225 calories)

I was craving something baked and sweet and we had fresh blueberries, which needed to be used, so I decided to try out a recipe for blueberry-lemon scones I had come across awhile ago. Me being, well me, I had to tweak the recipe.

For starters, I used organic whole wheat pastry flour instead of all purpose flour. Whole wheat flour is better for you and if you stick with pastry flour, the final product will be almost as light as using regular flour. The whole wheat flour adds a nuttier flavor, but I didn’t feel that really detracted from the taste of the scone. My mom didn’t seem to mind either and she tends to prefer things made with all-purpose flour.

The other tweak I made was using 6 tablespoons of a vegan margarine  instead of 8. Reading the reviews on the original recipe, a lot of people had problems with their scones flattening out on them. Most people cut the soy milk, but since margarine has way more calories, I cut the margarine. I also melted it before adding it to the bowl and only added a bit at a time to make sure the dough didn’t get to soupy on me. It worked out great!

I LOVE blueberries, so a 1/2C of blueberries was just unacceptable to me, thus I upped it to 3/4C. I may go for a full cup next time. I’d suggest rinsing the blueberries then drying them and then coating them with a light layer of flour. It will keep them together & will reduce how much the bleed into the rest of the scone, thus making the scone flatter.

Finally, all I had on hand was vanilla soy milk. You should probably use plain or unsweetened soy milk when doing any baking, but I figured the vanilla flavor and the little bit of extra sweetness wouldn’t hurt. I wasn’t wrong. They scones weren’t too sweet at all.

Tip: The recipe calls for lemon zest.  I suggest using a nutmeg grater to zest your lemon. The zest will be in smaller bits & distribute a lot better.

The recipe said it made 6 scones, but honestly, how many you get really depends on how big or small you make them. I ended up with 9. I included the calorie count for the entire recipe so you can figure out how much each scone is on your own if you’d like.

The final product was delicious! It wasn’t too dry or too wet. It was sweet and nutty and just, well, delicious.

I give this recipe 5 Healthy Apples, with a handful of blueberries! These make a great low-cal breakfast pastry. It’s got whole grains and blueberries are an excellent superfruit, high in anti-oxidants. True, I wouldn’t suggest one scone is an entire serving of whole grains or fruit, but it’s certainly better than a donut or that scone from your local coffee shop! And wonderfully easy to make and store!

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Suze’s Status (6/23)

Status: Gained
Mood: Glad this blog is getting launched. I need the accountability!

I have been so fail the past month and a half about staying on task with my weight loss. Can I blame staring a new job? We get free employee meals and so it’s sometimes difficult to take my lunch/dinner, when I know I could get something yummy from the restaurant, even if it is a risk I won’t be able to eat it because there is meat involved. Much better than my Smart Deli Smoked “Turkey” sandwich and carrot sticks! Although the carrot sticks are quite delicious.

Since starting in October, I got myself down to 210 lbs and then just stopped counting the calories and working out. Now I’m back up to 217, which isn’t horrible, but it’s a little frustrating. I’m really glad this blog is getting back up so I will have another measure of accountability. Hopefully if the world is watching me, I’ll actually do what I need to do to drop a pound or two a week!


Welcome to The Healthy Duo!

We are Zee and Suze, two friends who one night discussed a common desire to address our weight gain once and for all.  The result of that conversation was a plan to team up to lose weight in the most healthy way possible and to begin this blog to talk about it, share our struggles and joys with others, and to share what we learn along the way.

We are both thirty somethings and similar in some ways and opposite in others, like any good friends. Our journeys will not be the same but we will still be able to learn from and support one another. Combining a plan and helpful resources, like the US nutrition guides, we hope we can learn from and support others on their journeys, as well as have others learn from us.

The plan and our ultimate goal for us is about being healthy. But of course, beyond being healthier, we want to lose weight.  So if you find our plan interesting, and like us, and you want to lose weight but do so in a healthy manner; we hope you stick around — follow THD on Twitter, like our Facebook page, or add our feed to your reader — and join us.

We hope this blog will be a helpful resource for others as we share our struggles and joys; post about helpful resources and information we’ve learned along the way; and demonstrate how using tools, like spreadsheets and journals, can help.

In posts to come, we’ll be sharing the spreadsheet we’ve created to help us stay on track,
producing articles on various topics from water to our thoughts on the latest diet fad, and sharing recipes we’ve used  or even created ourselves (we’ll even include the calorie count and how many servings of My Plate it satisfies!).

We can’t thank you enough for taking the time to stop by our blog and share in our journey. If you find something helpful or wish to share something of your own journey, please comment and let us know. We truly do hope you find something useful here for your own journey.