We hosted Christmas this year and although we had an awesome time, the thing that wasn't so awesome is all the tasty and un-healthy sweets that were leftover, after everyone was gone. I'm guessing anyone that reads this can relate to the plethora of delicious things, that stare at you, just begging to be eaten, during this time of year.
Sure, the first few days after Christmas were great. A cinnamon roll here, a left over brownie there, oh and those delicious cookies and candied popcorn brought over by my Uncle's friend. Ok, I'll have just one more...... But then, they start to make you feel sick and a little later, even looking at the junk is starting to annoy you.
So, yesterday afternoon, I did what had to be done, I threw it all away. Yes, I felt very wasteful but, I figured that having to buy new pants would be more wasteful than throwing a bunch of (delicious) sweets into the trash.
Today the kids and I have had a wonderful morning at home. We baked this healthy Pumpkin Apple Bread
(recipe to follow) and then Judah requested a smoothie for lunch. Even though both of my children are a very healthy size, I still feel guilty if I'm not feeding them well enough. After all, what they eat is what fuels them. I want them to have good fuel, know what I mean??
Step One: If you have a baking helper, make him a very tall baker's hat. It just makes things more fun.
Pumpkin Apple Muffins
2 Cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup wheat bran
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup raisins
1 chopped apple
1 cup honey
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 cup pureed pumpkin
Pre-heat oven to 350. Stir dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Stir wet ingredients together in a separate bowl and then stir into the dry ingredients, being careful not to over mix. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for approx. 55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.