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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #148 October is Farm to School Month
October 24, 2011

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FAMILY FOCUSED NUTRITION TIP from a dietitian and mother of 3!

A salad before dinner is a great way to fit one or more servings of vegetables into your day. Try using bagged coleslaw mix (it usually contains shredded green and red cabbage and carrots) or broccoli slaw as an alternative to bagged lettuces.

Cabbage and broccoli are packed with nutrients, provide a satisfying crunchy texture and are almost always cheaper than the bagged lettuce mixes — you can often get the same amount of coleslaw mix or broccoli slaw for half the price of the bagged lettuces!

Some of my favorite add-ins are chopped tomatoes, a sprinkle of sunflower seeds, and 1-2 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette, which contains plenty of healthy fats.

Contributed to by Emily Ann Miller, MPH, RD. She is a registered dietitian and works at a Washington, D.C.-based independent, nonprofit science organization, where her work is currently focused on environmental and policy solutions to obesity prevention. She also speaks to groups about health and nutrition and provides nutrition education to patients at a free medical clinic that serves low-income, uninsured adults in the D.C. area. You can view more of Emily’s nutrition tips and updates by following her on Twitter, @EmilyAMillerRD.

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They are VERY moist muffins, don't be afraid to keep them in the oven a little longer. Also, they will fall apart when you pull off the wrapper when they are hot.

Ingredients and Instructions:

15oz pureed pumpkin

18oz box spice cake mix

1/2 cup flax seed (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, blend the three ingredients until fully incorporated. The batter will be thick. Spoon into lined cupcake pan. Moisten your fingers and gently smooth off the tops of the cupcakes.

Bake for 22 minutes.

Submitted by: BekahKM

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