Get Ready for the Holidays: How a Treat Early in the Day Might Help

Cookies for breakfast?  Not my idea but a couple of tasters said these dark chocolate, fig and oat bars make a perfect morning food. Why not?  They’ve made with whole grain oats, a classic breakfast food, nutrient-rich figs and dark chocolate, an ingredient with a definite “health halo.” Some argue that having a sweet treat […]

The Family Meal

Weekend Waffles When my daughter Allegra announced in September that she’d either have dance classes or work over the dinner hour every night of the week, the first thing I said was, “what about dinner with the family?” A couple weeks later I attended a 2-hour symposium at the annual Food and Nutrition Conference of […]

Bake for Better Health

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins   If there is one thing October brings to mind its pumpkin, and there’s nothing better to warm up a chilly fall day than baking this sweet winter squash into a special treat. And why not make it something that you can call breakfast?  Here’s how I came up with the following recipe […]

Eat Dessert First

Carrot Muffins Almost like starting the day with a wedge of carrot cake, these muffins are favorite grab-and-go breakfast in my house, sliced in half and sandwiched with fat-free of lowfat cream cheese.  They’re packed with wholesome ingredients: whole wheat pastry flour, grated carrots, currants and toasted pecans.  The secret ingredient is carrot baby food […]