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Banana-Wheat Muffins

Contributed by: NAPSA

Five Ways To Stronger Bones by Mindy Hermann, R.D. (NAPSA) - May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, a good time to think about your bone health. Take these simple steps now to delay joining the millions of American adults over the age of 50 who have osteoporosis.

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  • Go for three daily servings of naturally calcium-rich low-fat or nonfat milk, cheese or yogurt. Or include other high-calcium beverages and foods; for example, soymilk with calcium, calcium-fortified juice, and all five varieties of Whole Grain Total cereal.

  • Make sure that your daily routine includes walking, jogging, dancing, hiking or other weight-bearing activities that help preserve your bones.

  • Catch a few rays. Exposure to sunlight stimulates production of vitamin D-a vitamin that helps the body absorb calcium. Vitamin D is also added to milk and some yogurts.

  • Boost your balance. Core-strengthening exercises on an exercise ball, yoga and Pilates can all improve your balance and lessen your chances of falling.

  • Try recipes that include high-calcium ingredients, like our delicious Banana-Wheat Muffins.

Mindy Hermann, M.B.A., R.D., is a nutrition writer for women's, health and fitness magazines. She is the co-author of "Change One" and the American Medical Association's "Family Health Cookbook."

Ingredients:

  • Streusel

    • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
    • 1/3 cup slightly crushed Whole Grain Total(r) cereal

  • Muffins

    • 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 egg
    • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 21/4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/4 cups slightly crushed Whole Grain Total(r) cereal

Directions:

Heat oven to 400 F. Grease bottoms only of 12 regular-size muffin cups. Stir together streusel ingredients until crumbly; set aside.

In large bowl, stir together bananas, milk, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, oil and egg. Stir in 1 1/4 cups flour, baking powder and salt just until flour is moistened; stir in 1 1/4 cups slightly crushed cereal. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Sprinkle streusel evenly over batter in muffin cups.

Bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Serving Size: Makes 12 Servings


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