Raspberry Lemon Bars

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Last week, after spending a fun Memorial Day weekend with family and friends, I felt as if I awoke Tuesday morning from a Rip Van Winkle-like slumber only to discover that I’d missed out on summer altogether. Despite a weekend of 90 degree highs, temperatures for the rest of that week struggled to escape the low 60’s. To make matters worse, the unseasonably cool temperatures were accompanied by overcast skies and, from time to time, a drizzly rain. Either I’d slept through the entirety of the summer season, or Washington DC had gotten stuck in a time loop that was forcing it to redo the cool, wet weather of early spring.

To put it bluntly, it was really cold. My plan to make the season’s inaugural visit to my community pool suffered a severe setback. However, mid-week, as I was running some errands wrapped warmly in a jacket I had retrieved from the back of my closet, it occurred to me that the arrival of this unfortunate weather pattern presented an opportunity. If spring had decided to do an unexpected rewind, then I would do likewise by revisiting a few spring recipes that had piqued my food blogger’s interest but which for one reason or another had fallen by the wayside.

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Breakfast Smoothie

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In my last post, I calculated the number of grams of sugar in a hypothetical day’s worth of food that a 5-year-old might eat.  The result was a shocking one cup of sugar.  There is no question that sugar is everywhere!

Fortunately, it’s possible to buck the trend of our flourishing collective sweet tooth.  One way is to read food labels regularly and leave those items with added sugars on the grocery store shelf.  You could start with breakfast foods, store-bought cookies, and fruit juices, which were the biggest offenders in my example.

Another way is to replace some store-bought foods with easily made replacements that are less sugary.  That’s where A Busy Mom’s Kitchen can help.  In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting a series of recipes for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner items that can be substituted for their more sugary counterparts.

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