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Saturday, December 11, 2010

My Favorite Granola Bars

I make these almost every month at my house, and everytime I make them it's a little bit different. I will sometimes do an apple cinnamon or chocolate nut version. I love them because you can't mess up on this recipe, throw in whatever kind of cereal you have with some oatmeal and nuts, fruit...WHATEVER. Better than store bought brands cause you can control what is going in them. ENJOY

Try em out
1/2 Cup GrapeNuts
½ Cup Rice Krispies
1 Cup Granola
2 Cups Oatmeal
¼ Cup Raisins
¼ Cup Dried Apricots
Melt in Microwave....
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1/2 cut lite corn syrup
1/2 cup peanut butter
Stir in 1 tsp vanilla
Add melted mixture to dry ingredients. Stir to coat. Add ½ cup choc. Chips (optional) Press into a cookie sheet, and refrigerate 30 minutes.
Use honey in the place of Corn syrup
Reduce the amount of Brown Sugar or cut it out completely
I’ve used other cereals besides grape nuts and rice krispies
You can play with the recipe and make it however you want!
Other nutritious add ins…..
Craisens dried apples
Flax seed mini m&m’s (nutritious?)
Sunflower seeds cheerios
Walnuts/Almonds bran flakes
Cooked Quinoa Anything you want!!

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

The not so sweet truth about sugar...

I got alot of this information off the Doctor Oz website....

Does sugar make you fat?
All by itself…no! Cells in your body burn sugar from starches, fruits, and sugar as fuel. Excess sugar is stored for future energy needs in the form of fat.

Let's talk a little about artificial sweetners or sugar substitutes....
Sugar Subs
We put them in coffee
Drink them in diet soda
Use them to limit sugar intake and cut calories
But could they be hazardous to your health?

The avg american consumes 24 lbs of artificial sweetners ea year.
Soda is most common place
S.S. are also added to nearly 6000 other products sold in the US
(baby food, frozen dinners, yogurts)

The 3 major groups of FDA-approved artificial sweeteners on the market are:
Aspartame (includes Equal, Nutrasweet brands)
Sucralose (includes Splenda brand)
Saccharine (includes Sweet’N Low brand)

Here’s the skinny on the 4 top questions concerning artificial sweeteners
Can They Cause Weight Gain?
Many people use artificial sweeteners to cut their caloric intake, but the very opposite effect can occur. New research shows that artificial sweeteners stimulate taste receptors that sense sweetness in both the esophagus and stomach. Anticipating energy, the pancreas releases insulin, an important hormone for accumulating body fat. At the same time, chemicals are sent to the brain’s satiety center, which becomes confused as to whether or not the body is actually receiving calories. The result? You feel even hungrier and less full, which can lead to weight gain.
Are They Addictive?
First, artificial sweeteners are substances some people feel they can’t live without, a sign of an addiction. Second, artificial sweeteners are much sweeter than natural sugars, such as those found in whole grains, fruits and skim milk, and can actually reset your taste buds. The body then builds up a tolerance, which can cause overuse, another sign of addiction.
The theory between artificial sweeteners and weight gain extends to include addictive behavior. As the sweet receptors in the esophagus and stomach become “tricked” by the zero-calorie sugar substitute, you crave more food and become susceptible to addictive eating habits like binging or overeating.
Are They Linked To Diabetes?
Since artificial sweeteners cause your body to crave more food, you can put on weight, which increases your risk for diabetes.
Whether you’re diabetic or not, limit yourself to no more than 2 servings of artificial sweeteners per day. (A serving size equals 1 sweetener packet or 1 diet soda.)
Can They Cause Cancer?
When artificial sweeteners like saccharine were first marketed, some animal studies showed an increased rate of cancer in animals. However, the FDA has done due diligence in their research for these sweeteners, and no evidence exists that moderate use in humans can cause cancer.

Naturally Sweet Alternatives
Instead of artificial sweeteners, try one of these natural alternatives.
Honey: Unlike white table sugar, honey is a complex food. One teaspoon contains 25 other compounds including proteins, amino acids and trace minerals.
Agave: A distilled sweetener derived from the blue agave cactus, agave has a low glycemic index.
Stevia: A low-calorie sweetener that comes from a plant native to Paraguay and Brazil, stevia is 200 times sweeter than table sugar, so a little goes a long way.
Besides artificial sweeteners, today’s grocery store shelves are also lined with substitutes for butter, salt and fat. In all of these cases, the substitute is not necessarily the better option.

It's important to know that everyones bodies metabolize sugar sweetners differently, some people suffer from the side effects of sugar sweetners and others continue to use them without any known consequences. If you are one that uses them often and is using more than, say, about two packs a day, I would reccomend cutting back. Just because you can't feel the effects doesn't mean they aren't there.

Wheat Berries

What the heck are "WHEAT BERRIES?"

It is plain old soft white wheat made into a delicious and nutritious food!

How to make wheat berries....
Put one cup of whole soft white wheat right into your crock pot
Pour in two cups of water over the wheat
Leave in crock pot over night on Low

In the morning you will have wheat berries. Add brown sugar, honey, berries, or anything you want and enjoy this fiber and protein packed whole grain breakfast

Other wheat berry tips...
I will scoop some up on salad
put in my yogurt
add them to groundbeef recipes...I just use half meat half wheat berries.

Great way to get more whole grains into your diet.