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Maple Pumpkin Muffins

Muffins can make an easy, grab-and-go snack for families. Too often, store-bought muffins and pre-made muffin mixes are full of sugar, processed fat, and fillers. Making muffins at home is easy and you get to be in control of what goes in them. During the Fall season I take advantage of all the fresh pumpkin I can get! If the fresh, small, baking pumpkins aren't available to you, choose 100% pure canned pumpkin (no added sugar) for a convenient alternative.       Pre-heat oven to 350F Ingredients: 2 cups whole wheat flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon, ground 1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground 2 large eggs 3/4 cup unpacked brown sugar 1/2 cup pure maple syrup 1 1/2 cups pure, unsweetened pumpkin 1/4 cup vegetable oil (for...

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins

Muffins definitely have a healthy hallow about them. Unfortunatley store-bought or fast-food muffins often aren't much better than the doughnuts sitting on display next to them. It is certainly tricky trying to create a healthy muffin, while maintaining quality and flavour!  This recipe is loaded with whole ingredients including oats, seeds, yogurt, apples, and dates! I reduced the use of "free/added" sugars by using dried dates as a natural sugar source. Break your morning fast with a balanced source of monounsaturated fats, whole grains, fruit, and natural sugars. Take it to-go with a protein shake, a yogurt, or a hard boiled egg.   Pre-heat oven to 350F Dry Ingredients: 1.5 cups whole wheat flour 1 cup whole oats 2 teaspoons...

Introducing Solids to your Baby

Here is a little Q and A with the most recent evidence-based guidelines to get you started and to ensure baby is happy and healthy! When is truly the best time to introduce solids to baby? Around 6 months an infant shows true signs of readiness. At this time she is sitting up on her own, reaching out to grab things, and bringing items to her mouth. The best sign is when baby starts to bring food to her mouth all by herself. At 6 months, the immune system, digestive system and mouth are developed enough to tolerate solids and absorb the nutrients. What are the best first foods for baby? Start with nutrient-rich family foods, particularly from the Meat and Alternative group. These foods are rich in iron, zinc and protein to support healthy...

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