A big thanks goes out to all of the Doylestown Tennis Club members and staff for making the Health and Wellness fair such a great event last week! These Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins were such a great success & we didn’t bring any home with us. They are made with Pamela’s Gluten Free Artisan Flour, pumpkin (loaded with vitamin A) and Olive Oil!
Here is Kristie’s delicious pumpkin muffin recipe. For those of you who do not have to stay gluten free, you can substitute all purpose or whole wheat flour for the Pamela’s Artisan Flour and they will still be super yummy.
- 4 Eggs
- 2 Cups White Sugar
- 1 (15 ounce) can Pumpkin
- 1½ Cups Vegetable Oil
- 3 Cups Gluten Free Pamela's Artisan Flour
- * 3 Cups all purpose flour can be substituted if gluten free not necessary
- 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
- 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease two 12 cup muffin pans, or line with paper baking cups
- Beat the eggs in a large bowl, and mix in the sugar, pumpkin and oil.
- In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Blend into the egg and pumpkin mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips. Transfer to the muffin pans.
- Bake in the preheat oven 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove muffins from pans, and cool on a wire rack.
We also love the cute Gluten Free Labels that were provided by a local Doylestown Mom, Kelly LeDonni. Kelly developed these labels and her label company after her own diagnosis of Celiacs disease. She offers many great gluten free tips and other products that help those with celiacs keep their food from being cross contaminated by gluten on her website www.GlutenFreeLabels.com
The Market at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown is a great market for local goods. The Market sells fresh grown produce, locally made wine, organic meats, and hormone free milk in glass bottles! Di Bruno Brothers Cheese is also sold at the market currently at $3.99 (savings of $3.00). A variety of events are held throughout the year. My family has enjoyed Fall Hayrides, Strawberry Picking, Gingerbread House Making, Breakfast with Santa, and Santa’s arrival by helicopter.
From May 3rd until October 25th the Market hosts their Wine Concert Series, Friday evenings from 6-9pm. You can enjoy great music while sampling locally made Rose Bank Wines. The Market also sells Uncle Dave’s Homemade Ice Cream, which is always a hit with my kids.
Sign up for the Markets newletter and receive weekly announcements regarding their events and produce specials. This week the Market has a number of vegetables on sale:
Tomatoes on the Vine: $0.99/lb
This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month. This years theme highlights what the Registered Dietitian’s of Eat Right Bucks County advocate every day “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”. We believe that everyone should enjoy and savor their food. Restrictive diets that force individuals to eat only certain foods and especially foods they dislike do not work.
Of course we encourage everyone to eat more fruits and vegetables, include whole grains, low fat dairy, lean meats, and to be physically active. We want everyone to be adventurous and try new foods! However if a client dislikes milk or yogurt we find alternative foods to provide necessary calcium. Dislike fish? We will help you find other foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids. We want our clients to enjoy eating while achieving their health goals.
To read more about National Nutrition Month visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Website. You will find information on a variety of nutrition topics, videos, and games. If you would like more personalized information give us a call to set up an appointment!
Portion control is one of the best ways to manage your weight and keep your calories in check. There are many ways to control portions from using measuring cups and spoons to comparing food portions to objects (3 oz protein = a deck of cards). As a dietitian I find these methods time consuming for some of my clients. In our fast paced world many people do not want to take the time to measure out food. Today there is an easier option. Many companies have come out with portion control plates. These plates are divided in various ways to help the eater portion out their food without using measuring cups. This saves time, energy, and makes clean up easier.
Precise Portions is the first portion control system I will discuss. Precise Portions uses the “Follow The Line” Method. Each dinnerware item has marks within the design to indicate serving sizes. I ordered the Complete Lifestyle Starter Set for our office at Eat Right Bucks County. Of course I tried out the set before I took it to the office. Below are some pictures of breakfast and dinner from the day I tested out Precise Portions. The Complete Lifestyle Starter Set comes with the following: 9″ Focus Portion Control Plate (Marked with directions), 10″ Life-style Portion Control Plate, Portion control bowl for soups, salads, or cereals, 6″ dessert or bread plate, 10 oz glass (with 4oz and 8 oz markings). Precise Portions also has a line of eco friendly disposable plates, bowls, and cups for you to portion control anywhere. There is also a line of portion control travel plates that are microwave safe as well. See the Precise Portions video to see how this system works.
1 cup Rice Krispies with 1/2 cup skim milk
A serving of grapes
8 ounces of Skim Milk
For the past year, I have been meaning to join the Doylestown Food Coop. Joining others to bring fresh local food to a centrally located store would be awesome right? Well, tonight, I did it. I’m now officially a member of the Doylestown Food Co-op! It’s about time, I know.
So some people may be thinking “that’s awesome! I’m a member too!” Others may be thinking “what the heck is that?”
The Doylestown Food Co-op is on a mission to sustain and support locally grown food! And the goal is that there would be a centrally located store. This store would be owned and governed by its members. Cool right? The store would provide “centralized and convenient access to locally raised and produced foods.”
And the top five reasons (right from there website) that you should join too!
“1. You want convenient access to locally produced, fresh food.
2. You want to see farming and open space preserved in Bucks and surrounding counties. I don’t know about you, but I love eating my view!
3. You want a say in the products your store offers and how your store is run.
4. You want your food dollars to stay in the local community.
5. You value the social impact that a food co-op can have in its community.”
Happy New Year & Cheers to locally grown food (& wine!)