Carbohydrates are a nutrient that are found in lots of different foods. They are needed for our body to function. Carbohydrates play a role in:
- Providing energy. Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of fuel. You need fuel even if you are not moving. Your body needs fuel for your brain, lungs, and heart to function.
- Improving digestion. Carbohydrates provide fiber. This helps our digestion in lots of ways. The bacteria in our intestines like to eat this fiber. It adds bulk to our stool.
- Protecting against disease. The fiber that is in carbohydrates can help manage blood sugars, protect against heart disease, and improve immune function.
We can get carbohydrates in different foods. Carbohydrates can be found in:
- Beans, peas, and lentils
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Breakfast Fruit Muffins
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup white sugar
1 medium banana, mashed
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup frozen fruit of your choice (examples: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mangos, or apples), slightly thawed
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine the sugar, banana, eggs, yogurt, butter, and vanilla extract.
2.Slowly fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture with a rubber spatula. Gently fold in the frozen fruit.
3.Pour mixture into greased muffin tins. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean. Cool before serving.
Serving Size: 12 servings
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