About Me

Note from Maria: I am a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Public Health Degree in Nutrition from UNC at Chapel Hill. I have a passion for helping people with nutrition & wellness, especially moms. Women & moms provide care for everyone else often at the expense of considering their own needs. I hope to provide good resources to you to help you make nutrition and wellness a priority.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Muffin Makeover

If you like muffins or quick breads, you can make them healthier if you bake them at home. Try these guidelines to redo your favorite recipe.......

  • Use whole wheat flour instead of plain white flour.
  • For the oil, use 1/4 to 1/2 the amount of oil and use applesauce for the remainder. For example, if it calls for 1 cup of oil, use 1/2 c canola oil and 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce.
  • Use 1/2 the amount of sugar.

Here is a recipe for one of my favorites.....happy baking!!!! 
Zucchini Muffins
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4  cup oil - canola or grapeseed
3/4 cup applesauce
3 eggs
2 to 2 ½ cups shredded zucchini - skin on!
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 to 2 cups total of any combination of the following (raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, sunflower seeds)

Mix dry ingredients, add wet ones. Pour into greased baking cups. Bake in preheated oven @350 F for 20-25 mins or when inserted toothpick comes out clean. Makes 18 muffins.


  1. I can't wait to try this recipe. I'm going to add chocolate chips!

  2. I didn't know you started a blog!!