Healthy Lemon Squash Bread

healthy lemon squash bread

Fall is finally here. Time to bring out the flannels and buy pumpkin spice everything. Pumpkins may be the food of the fall, but don’t forget about it’s cousin the squash. Squash is full of fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients. Squash is a low calorie and zero fat option to add to your fall diet according to Mayo Clinic Health Systems. This healthy lemon blossom squash bread is the perfect Autumn treat that you don’t have to feel guilty about.

There are also a ton of benefits for shopping in season. You can have fresher options, save money by buying in-season and support local businesses by buying from local farmer markets are farms.

I am a huge fan of lemon and remember my mom baking bite-sized lemon blossom cakes for us growing up.  My sister shared this recipe with me a year ago and brings back all the nostalgia. She found it on Pinterest from The Spruce I am telling you, you will not notice this bread is packed with healthy vitamins and fiber. It will please the pickiest of eaters. You don’t have to feel guilty about going back for seconds. You can have your cake and eat it too!

Ingredients

Quick Bread Batter

  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 8 ounces butter (melted)
  • 3 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 3 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups summer squash (yellow, shredded)

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup (light)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar (powdered)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Recipe

Make the Quick Bread

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Heat oven to 350 F and thoroughly coat two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans with cooking spray.
  3. Place the yellow squash in a colander over a sink to drain any liquid.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and melted butter until well combined.
  5. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until the batter is light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  7. Add these dry ingredients to the batter and mix only until it’s well combined.
  8. Add the drained squash to the quick bread batter mixing thoroughly until well combined.
  9. Divide batter between prepared pans.
  10. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (begin checking at 45 minutes). While quick loaves of bread are baking, make the lemon glaze.

Make the Lemon Glaze

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of milk and the corn syrup until the mixture is almost simmering.
  3. Whisk in powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth. If it seems too thick, add 1 teaspoon of milk at a time until it looks more fluid but still thick. Set aside until needed.
  4. When quick bread has finished baking, remove from oven and place on a wire rack. Do not unmold yet.
  5. Immediately brush on the lemon glaze and let the loaves cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Run a knife around the edges of the quick bread and carefully remove from the pan. Let cool completely on top of the wire rack.

Let us know what you think of this recipe by commenting below! Check out our other blog post on fall-inspired Tips on Busy Mom Workouts: How to burn calories at the pumpkin patch.

Busy Mom Workout: Burning Calories at the Pumpkin Patch

little girl at farm picking apples

3 ways you can stay active and sneak in a workout while busy being a mom

Fall is finally here and pumpkin patch season has begun! A pumpkin patch or local farm is a great way to get your kids outside away from screens and enjoy the outdoors. But it can also have benefits for you. The pumpkin patch is a great way for a busy mom to secretly workout and burn calories while having fun with your kids. Check out these activities you and your kids can enjoy while staying active and burning off the calories from the cider and baked sweets you will be getting after.

These three simple busy mom “workouts” can help you burn calories while having fun with your family.

Go Through a Corn Maze

women choosing what path in corn maze

Corn mazes are a lot of fun for the kids to try and navigate all the twists and turns. Corn mazes can be quite elaborate with different designs and lengths. Like a Curious George maze featured in Reader’s Digest. They are a great way to get your steps in and spend time working through the maze with your kids. Walking through the maze for 30 minutes to an hour can burn around 150-200 calories (give or take depending on your weight and other factors) and give you an extra 3,000 steps for the day.

Go Apple Picking

picking apples from apple orchard

If your nearby farm has an apple orchard I strongly suggest going apple picking. You kids will love being able to pick apples right off the tree. The owners and workers of the apple orchards are usually very knowledgeable about apples and farming—it can be a great learning experience for your kids. The motion of picking apples is a great exercise. Changing from reaching high to low, you can incorporate squats into your apple picking. The more apples you pick, the longer the exercise, burning calories at a rate of around 150-200 for 30 minutes of walking and squats burn around 100 calories for 30 minutes. I always end up getting a ton of apples and giving them away to family and friends. After making a few of my favorite apple desserts of course.

Carry Your Own Pumpkin Back

women with wagon full of pumpkins at farm

If you are a busy mom trying to workout, you have to get creative on how you get in a 15-minute exercise. You don’t have to go to the gym to get your weight time in. Try using a pumpkin! Pumpkins can vary in weight so make sure you are comfortable carrying around the pumpkin before trying this tip. Instead of rushing back to your car to put your pumpkin away, try carrying it around with you for the rest of the trip. Again this might not be best suited if you have multiple kids to chase or younger kids you need to keep your eye on. Adding a little weight for when you walk can help burn around 250 calories for 30 minutes.

All the calories burn estimates vary from person to person depending on your weight, intensity, how fast you walk and other factors. Every few minutes of exercise counts so try not to just focus on the calories burned, but getting the right amount of exercise your body needs.

It is always important to find time for yourself and sneak away to the gym or go for a run to clear your head. However being a busy mom, that is not always possible. You are the queen of multitasking so why not apply that to your workouts.

Raising kids takes a lot of energy. Put that energy to good use and find ways to get in the extra few minutes of workout time by doing activities your whole family will enjoy.

Your kids will be able to stay active with you and not be stuck in front of the TV all day.

HealthMetric offers features in our all-in-one health and fitness for busy people like you. Our voice assistant allows you to log all your workouts and food at one time. Simply push the microphone and say “one cup of apple cider and one apple” or for workouts “30 minutes of walking”. Check out how HealthMetric might benefit you.