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I’ve received a lot of requests for this recipe so I thought I would share my first ever recipe here on Let’s Talk Babies!

These chicken wings are so, so good. They are a huge hit with my whole family and we eat them frequently. The added bonus is that since they are baked they are much healthier than traditional wings. I usually serve them with carrots and celery sticks, but have also done them as a more traditional meal with rice and steamed veggies.

What You’ll Need:

– 2lbs of chicken wings

– 1-2 T of olive oil

– Salt and Pepper

– Cooking Spray

– 2 cups of flour

– About 1/4 cup of your favorite wing sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

To begin, cut your chicken wings into 3 sections and discard the wing tip.

Once all your wings are cut, place them in a large mixing bowl and drizzle with approximately 2 T of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. If you like your wings hot you could also add a dash of Tabasco at this point too if you wanted. Toss the wings to coat.

In a large tuperware dish or a large ziploc bag place approximately 2 cups of flour. Transfer the wings to the dish or bag and shake to completely coat in flour.

Cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray liberally with cooking spray.

Place wings on the baking sheet, being sure to shake off any excess flour first. Once all the wings are on the baking sheet spray each wing liberally with cooking spray.

Place wings in the oven at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes remove from the oven, turn the wings over and place back in the oven for an additional 30 minutes.

Once wings are done place them in a large mixing bowl.  If you are going to be using the same wing sauce for all the wings place them all in the same bowl. Since I have no tolerance for spicy things and my husband loves his wings hot I usually use two different types of wing sauce so I transfer mine to two different bowls.

Add your wing sauce to the bowl, use as much or as little as you would like. I typically use a total of about 1/4 cup of wing sauce, a couple of tablespoons per batch of about 8 wings. Toss the wings so they are evenly coated.

Transfer wings to serving dish and enjoy!

These baked wings turn out crispy on the outside and nice and moist inside every time. They are super delicious. I pretty much always have a pack of wings in the freezer for those days when we are all craving them. Maya loves them! Although, I don’t put wing sauce on hers, she likes them plain.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Let me know what you think.

 

 

Cold and flu season is upon us. I really dislike cold and flu season.  It isn’t even the middle of October yet and Maya is already working on cold #3 and Lorne is on cold #2.  It is going to be a long winter if we keep up at this rate.  Luckily, so far (knock on wood), I’ve been able to avoid the cold bugs that have been making their rounds, but I’m sure my time will come.

Last year it felt like we were fighting one virus after another.  We hardly went a week without Maya coming down with one thing or another.  It was exhausting.  I know kids this age catch a lot of  bugs since they haven’t built up the necessary immunities yet, but still.  Last winter left me exhausted and begging for the warmer weather and the end of the cold and flu season. I was kind of hoping that maybe, just maybe this season wouldn’t be as bad.  So far I’m not having any luck in that department.

I spent about an hour last night curled up in Maya’s toddler bed with her (not at all comfortable) while she whined about her nose.  And, this morning has been more of the same.  She has this thing against any snot running out of her nose.  There doesn’t have to be anything running out, just the idea that it might sends her into a panic and she comes whining (sometimes screaming) to me to wipe her nose.  After the first 50 or so times of this I’m usually done and ready to scream myself, which usually happens within the first couple of hours of a cold.  Hopefully, this cold runs it’s course quickly and we’ll get a bit of a reprieve around here for a while.

Walking through the grocery store pushing a shopping cart, trying to remember all the things on your list that you forgot to bring with you and trying to stay on budget all while wrangling your children can make for a chaotic grocery shopping experience.  It can be easy to skip over the healthy stuff and just grab what is quick and easy.  We all want to eat more healthy foods, give our children healthy snack options and cook healthy, flavorful meals, but it isn’t always easy to focused on that while being tempted by so many unhealthy, yummy alternatives at the grocery store.

There are a few tricks to navigating the grocery store so that you stay on task (buying healthy foods for your family):

  • Always make a list.  Determine what meals you will prepare before hand so you know what ingredients to buy and so you won’t be tempted by easy, prepared foods.
  • Shop on a full stomach.  It is a lot easier to be tempted by unhealthy food options when your stomach is growling.
  • Know what the healthy options are in each section of the store.
    • Breads: look for whole wheat or whole grain options.  Also look for breads that offer lots of fiber.
    • Pastas, cereals and rice: look for whole grain options, and options that are lower in sugar.
    • Produce:  you can’t go wrong in this section.  Be generous and fill your cart with lots of fruits and veggies.
    • Dairy: looks for low fat options such as skim or 1% for milk, yogurt and cheeses.
    • Meat: look for lean poultry and fish.  Limit your red meats and when you do purchase red meats opt for lean cuts.
    • Snacks: Limit the processed snacks you purchase.  Look for baked options and light popcorn.
  • Try to buy for the full week or two weeks so you can avoid additional trips to the store.  You are more likely to purchase extra, unhealthy items the more often you are at the store.

The key is to know what you want before you get there, filling your cart with fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy so there isn’t much room for unhealthy sugary or salty snacks.  I always forget to make a list, but when I do I find a make much better food choices and am much less likely to have to go back to the store again for stuff I forgot.

What tricks do you use to navigate the grocery store so that you are making healthy choices?

artificial sweetners

What you consume becomes very important during your pregnancy. Since what you eat can have an impact on the little life growing inside of you it is even more important to make sure what you eat is healthy and safe.  During pregnancy it is recommended that women eat a balanced diet high in fiber rich foods, plenty of fruits and vegetables, lots of calcium, plenty of protein and lots of water.  That being said, there are also fairly strict recommendationsg regarding healthy weight gain during pregnancy.  To help avoid putting on more weight than they should many women turn to artificial sweetners to help keep their sugar intake down.  But are they safe?

Due to a lack in research into the effects of the artificial sweetners, aspartame (marketed as Nutrasweet and Equal) and saccharin , on a developing fetus most doctors recommend that you avoid these artificial sweetners during pregnancy if you can or at the very least limit how much you consume.  The other common artificial sweetner, sucralose, marketed under the brand name Splenda, is at this time considered safe for consumption during pregnancy.

For the most part natural foods such as unprocessed meats, diary, fresh fruits and vegetables, natural sweetners like sugar and honey, and whole grain breads and cereals are your best bets for a safe, healthy pregnancy diet. If you are concerned about any of the foods you are eating, or have questions about what is safe to eat during pregnancy and what is not, talk to your doctor or midwife.  If you are worried that you are not eating healthy enough consider asking your doctor for a referral to a nutritionist for a consultation on healthy pregnancy eating habits.

The Institute of Medicine is out with new recommendations regarding weight gain during pregnancy.  The new guidelines were developed by a group of doctors, nutrition experts and public health officials.  These new weight gain guidelines are the first in almost 20 years.

The new pregnancy weight gain guidelines for women carrying a single fetus are:

  • Underweight: 28-40 pounds
  • Normal Weigh: 25-35 pounds
  • Overweight: 15-25 pounds
  • Obese: 11-20 pounds

If you are carrying multiples you should talk to your doctor about what the weight gain is appropriate for you given your weight before becoming pregnant and how many fetuses you are carrying.

The IOM also recommends that women schedule a prepregnancy consultation with their doctor to discuss their prepregnancy weight (among other things) and if it is safe to begin a pregnancy at their current weight.  Overweight women are more likely to experience complications during pregnancy and are more likely to need a c-section.  Your doctor may recommend that you begin to manage your weight with a healthy diet and exercise before you attempt to become pregnant.

The new guidelines are similar to the previous recommendation from the IOM with the exception of the recommendations for obese and overweight women.  The new guidelines show that women going into pregnancy already overweight need to take extra care during pregnancy to avoid excessive weight gain.

As any pregnant woman will tell you it can be difficult to maintain a good, healthy weight gain.  Excercise during pregnancy (if permitted by your doctor) is a great way to both control your weight gain and stay healthy during pregnancy.  Practicing healthy eating habits is a great way as well (although it isn’t always easy to turn down that extra donut or that whole bag of cookies!!!).