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It took a bit of saliva and a few weeks to learn that I’m a northwesterner. Not Seattle. United Kingdom.To pin point it: British and Irish with a spot of French and German. It appears my wanderlust is not genetic, because my people didn’t wander far. I am 100 percent European.

Since it was too early for Gin, Irish Whiskey or Scotch and Happy Hour, I pulled out fixings for afternoon tea to celebrate my birthright.

Scones are traditional with afternoon tea. Unlike yeast bread, this quick bread is leavened by baking powder. Quick because baking powder reacts rapidly with moisture and heat, creating carbon dioxide. This gas causes the bread to rise, rather than yeast fermentation, which takes longer to rise.

Baking powder is best stored in a cupboard, with the lid on, away from moisture and heat. It loses its gas producing ability over time, so should be replaced at least yearly after you open the can. You can test a small amount in warm water to see if it fizzes, but just because it fizzes in water doesn’t mean it has enough leaving power for baking. Baking powder is activated by moisture, so use dry spoons to measure. If the spoon is wet, the moisture can affect the entire can.

Back to my lineage. Overall, we’re a pretty healthy lot, although there’s history of high blood pressure, cancer, or heart disease. These diseases share some common risk factors: unhealthy diet, lack of physical inactivity, and tobacco use. This is a big reason I live the lifestyle I do. To fend off my genes!

In order to help protect you from your family tree, I develop recipes with healthful benefits. This scone recipe has whole grains, seeds, and blueberries with less added sugar and fat. With a little nutrish and even more delish, Blueberry Ginger Spelt Scones are worthy of a Mother’s Day breakfast.

Spelt is a sub-species of wheat. Though it’s been around for 7,000 to 10,000 years, this ancient grain is enjoying a renaissance. With 19 grams of fiber per cup, this is a grain to use more often. It is similar to whole-wheat flour. Recipes vary but you may substitute half or up to all the all-purpose flour for spelt flour. Find spelt flour in the baking or health-food section, or order online.

Judy Barbe is a registered dietitian, speaker and author of “Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest: Simple Solutions for Fresh Food & Well-Being.” Visit her website www.LiveBest.info for every day food solutions.

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