Breakfast Smoothie


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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Lemon Yogurt Quick Bread


Sunshine on a plate. That’s what I think of when I make this lemon yogurt quick bread. And, boy, is it ever needed right now as large parts of the northeastern part of the United States are being walloped by a huge winter snow storm.

Fortunately, here in the D.C. area, the snow fall was limited to a few inches, just enough to close some schools but certainly not enough to raise the specter of being trapped in my neighborhood for days. I made the loaf I photographed for this post yesterday, and my kids have been munching on it all morning. They think of it as a type of cake. I think of the whole grains and calcium they’re getting being delivered in a less sugary package. Read More