i have a great recipe for pumpkin bread!  it was my mom's recipe that i believe has been passed down through a few generations.  she died in 2004, and since then i have been making the bread during the holidays.  this year, i changed it up a bit, and made muffins instead, but used the same recipe, and made a ginger icing to go with it...so good!  now, i am trying to make the muffins more nutrient dense by changing up some of the ingredients.  here is what i have come up with so far...
agave nectar - 1 cup (instead of 1.5 cups sugar)
canola oil - 1/4 cup
applesauce - 1/4 cup (instead of another 1/4 cup oil)
1 egg
1 tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons water (instead of 2 eggs, not that there is anything wrong with eggs, i just wanted to add some additional nutrition with the flax!)
pumpkin - 6oz, about 2/3 cup
whole wheat flour - 1.25 cups (instead of all purpose, white flour)
almond meal/flour - 1/2 cup (replace some of the regular flour)
baking powder - 1/2 tsp
baking soda - 1 tsp
salt - 1 tsp
cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
nutmeg - 1/2 tsp
allspice - 1/2 tsp
water - 2 Tbsp

whisk together agave, oil, applesauce, egg, flax and water, and pumpkin, mix about a minute.  sift dry ingredients together and add to wet ingredients in 3 batches, whisking after each addition.  then mix in water.  do not over mix! 
distribute evenly into 12 lightly greased muffin tins.
350 degrees for 20-22 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

each muffin is 210 calories, 8 grams fat, 34 grams carbs, and 4 grams protein.  you could increase the protein by adding a scoop or two of unflavored whey protein powder...i bet they would be just as good!

as you should know by now, i am not about "what can i get away with eating"  but instead "what should i be eating for increased health and fitness"  so i like to modify recipes to not only decrease calories, but to make them chocked full of nutrients as well! 

i really like the nutrition profile of these muffins.  what a great pre-workout snack, just add a glass of milk or a protein shake!  of course, like with any other food, you do need to control your intake, so try to eat just one muffin a day!.....i keep reminding my husband of this...he is not a very good listener!  hehe! 

tonight, i am making squash mac and cheese!  this is a good way to add an awesome veggie to your kids' dinner, BUT, i am not a huge fan of a "sneaky chef".  i think it is important to educate your children on why we need to add veggies to our diets.  so maybe don't tell them at first that the squash is in there, and then discuss the addition while you are eating dinner!!!  here is the recipe i am following...http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/butternut-squash-mac-and-cheese-recipe/index.html
i am tweaking it a bit!  will let you know how it turns out.

stay tuned for the next super food...hint....it is a veggie with a lot of fiber and protein!  know it?