I have been making more and more attempts to cut out processed food and make more things from scratch. Lunches seem to be a little harder because I tend to make the same type of sandwiches and it is so easy to just serve some chips with it. Evelyn and I both love chips and bread so it is our go to.
Now that the weather is getting nicer we will be packing more lunches and going out to the zoo or park during the day. So, I am working on getting more creative with our lunch menu's.
There is a blog that I follow called, 100 days of real food. It has a ton of information regarding nutrition and lots of ideas for how to make eating healthy and real food easy.
I have noticed that on the days that Evelyn eats a lot of processed food and sugar that her attitude gets really whiny and she becomes very irritable. Since I have started to monitor her diet a little more I have noticed a change in her. I lately really started to watch the added colorings in so many of our processed foods. I am surprised at how many things that are called natural have these artificial colors added. It has been a challenge but, I keep reading labels and keep slowly cutting out these things that I think are unhealthy for our family.
So, now on to the recipe. There are lots of ways this recipe can be switched up. Today, I stayed pretty basic but, next time I plan on getting even more creative with the fillings.
This recipe is from www.100daysofrealfood.com, make sure you check it out. It has lots of great information.
MAKES 12 MUFFINS
1½ cups whole-wheat flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup oil (I used coconut oil)
¾ cup orange juice or apple juice
About 1 cup of total filling
Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large bowl with a fork or whisk mix the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Make a well (hole) in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the eggs, honey, vanilla, oil and orange juice. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together – do not overmix.
Now here is the fun part. If you are in a hurry just add 1 cup of blueberries, mashed up banana & nuts, or other filling of your choice. If you have 5 or 10 minutes extra (and some anxious helpers) do not add anything to the muffin batter before continuing with the next step.
Line a muffin pan with liners and fill ⅔ to ¾ of the way full with batter. If you didn’t already add your filling, sprinkle 1 – 2 teaspoons of whatever you would like (from the list below or from your own creation) onto the top of each raw muffin in the pan. Then gently mix each one with a fork or spoon.
I used strawberry's, banana's and a little bit of rolled oats on top
Next time I am going to try a cinnamon and raisin.