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Cooking Healthy for a Family of Six!

One of the many joys I have is getting to introduce you to some of your community members. Sometimes you may already know the people you train with, and other times they may only be reading this blog from afar. Either way, it is an honor to offer a platform for others to motivate, share, inspire, and bring to life the values of Habitude Fitness! Please meet my good friend Anne!IMG_0193

Anne is a friend, a neighbor, and workout partner. She lives across the street from me and over the years we have often found ourselves at each others back doors literally borrowing anything from eggs to high heels when one of us is in a pinch. Anne value fitness, but similarly to myself she values it in a holistic way that tends to nurture health in body, mind, and spirit the best she can with the resources she has. I admire Anne because despite the season of life that she is in, raising two young children, she presses on with her own dreams and goals. This past spring I was able to cheer her on at her very first sprint triathlon, and it was amazing!IMG_20130609_101413_367
Anne and her husband Chris have felt another calling for their young family and recently took in foster children. Please enjoy this article and recipe from a health conscious mom!

Cooking Healthy for a Family of Six!

One night last month our family went from a “normal” suburban family of four to a crazy, mission-minded family of six! We took in a foster care placement of two little boys. Before the boys we had a weekly schedule that included time for both my husband and I to workout regularly and plenty of time for me to plan and cook healthy food. Well, that all went out the window! Each hour is now unknown and our days are very hard as we get to know each other. By God’s grace we are not alone in our hours and we are totally relying on Him.

But I still have to feed six hungry people several times a day! I would love to be able to grow most of the food we eat and then buy the rest at the farmer’s market or at least the organic section at the store. I would like to gets eggs out of my backyard henhouse and make cheese from the goat’s milk I also got from the backyard. However, this is not possible for most of us, right? So I choose to make the best choices I can. I cook real food most of the time. Like many other moms with big families I have learned to cook in bulk and use the freezer. I triple my healthy waffle recipe and then keep them in the freezer for breakfasts during the week. The same works very well for most soups and sauces. Yesterday we got the last of the carrots from the beautiful dirt in the garden and made these muffins.  Everyone loved them! I made a double batch and will use them for breakfasts and send them in my daughter’s lunch to school right from the freezer.

Family is hard, yes. But family is God’s design to show us love and we are honored to share that love with ALL four of our kids! And maybe soon I can get back to the gym… until then I run!IMG_20130609_100734_109

Enjoy the recipe!

Carrot & Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Yield:  1 dozen muffins

For the muffins:

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½  teaspoon ground ginger
½  teaspoon salt
2 cups carrots, grated
1 large tart apple, chopped
½ cup golden raisins
½  cup finely chopped walnuts
¼ cup ground flax-seed
¼  cup wheat germ
3 large eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup applesauce
1/4 cup milk or almond milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extractgood carrots

all ingredientsFor the cinnamon streusel topping:
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
4 tablespoons honey
1 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter

Create the Carrot & Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line with cupcake papers and lightly coat the insides of the papers with nonstick spray.

Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, spices and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the carrots, apple, and walnuts. Add the ground flax and wheat germ. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, orange juice and vanilla. Add to the flour mixture, and stir until evenly moistened. Drain the currants and stir them in.

Add all the streusel topping ingredients in a food processor or mini-prep processor. Pulse until crumbly. You can also use a fork or your fingers and “smoosh” all the ingredients together in a bowl until crumbly.

Scoop the batter evenly into the prepared muffin tin or cupcake papers, leaving enough room to add the streusel topping. They’ll be almost full, that’s ok. Add 1 tablespoon of streusel topping to each muffin.  Bake the muffins until nicely domed and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 28 minutes. Don’t over bake. Remove from the oven and allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove and finish cooling on a rack.all muffins
open muffin

We would love to hear more practical tips on how you keep your families active and healthy!
Also, there are so many needs for foster kids today. If you are interested in how you can help a friend/family like Anne’s and Make a Difference with Your Fitness contact me. For even further information on the big picture go to:
Safe Families
Department of Children and Family Services

Your Trainer and Friend,
Cassie and Anne

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  • yum, Anne – thanks for sharing the recipe and your story!
    I so admire you and your mission to help children. They are so lucky to have you and your family. Prayers for you all! Miss you at the gym!

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