My garden is doing well, as you can see! March snow fall and monsoons are yet to kill off my veggies! Warriors! 😉
I used my Back to Basics Blender Express Plus from Kristen for the first time yesterday! Loved it! I made a delicious smoothie with cherries, strawberries, papaya, blueberries, and pineapple blended with Lemonade from our Soda Stream! Yumm! Thanks, Kristen! 🙂
And granola bars turned granola…
This recipe as granola bars…was a flop. They didn’t hold together AT ALL. So, I turned it into granola after baking it a bit…
No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars adapted from fANNEtastic Food
1 & 3/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup crisp puffed brown rice cereal
3/4 cup seeds (I used 1/4 c. pepitas, 1/4 c. pumpkin seeds, and 1/4 cup wheat berries)
1/4 cup finely ground flaxseed
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 1/3 cup brown rice maple syrup
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350º F.
Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl. Mix them together.
Whisk together wet ingredients in a separate dish. If they are not combining with ease, microwave the bowl of wet ingredients for 20-30 seconds.
Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until well combined. Put the mixture into a shallow pan and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350º F, stirring halfway through. Yield: 10 servings (1/2 cup each)
Nutrition Information (per serving): 223 calories; 11.5 g. fat; 26.3 g. carbohydrate; 4.6 g. fiber; 7 g. protein
Result: Good, but not my favorite granola taste-wise or nutrition-wise. I won’t be making this again, but I figured I’d share anyways! I would recommend the Coconut Cherry Granola or Power Granola I’ve made in the past, however! Yum! And if your heart is set one granola bars, these BIG Muesli Granola Bars are excellent…and really easy!
And a short(ish) Q&A for the week: kidney stones & (probable) soy allergy…
Mary of A Merry Life: As you know, I have kidney stones right now. I have been reading online about preventing future kidney stones, since I already have a high risk to develop more. From what I’ve read I really need to change my diet. What I’ve been eating seemed pretty healthy and I’ve been losing weight, but a lot of the stuff I like to eat is recommended I eat less of it to prevent kidney stones. And because of that I’m really not sure what to eat at all now! So I need some help from someone, preferably a dietitian to help show me what I should be doing.
Prevention RD: Water is really important – up to a gallon a day and water throughout the night, as well (up to a 1/3rd of the recommended daily intake). Adequate calcium from diet and supplement is recommended – at least 1,000 milligrams a day. The UL (tolerable upper limit) for calcium is 2,500 milligrams a day. I would recommend an intake between 1,200 and 2,000 milligrams each day from food and supplements combined. If your stones are of calcium oxalate descent, limiting animal proteins, foods with oxalates, Vitamin C, and sodium may be helpful. Foods with oxalates include: rhubarb, spinach, beets, swiss chard, wheat germ, soybean crackers, peanuts, okra, chocolate, sweet potatoes (high content)…as well as, grits, grapes, celery, green peppers, raspberries, fruit cake, and strawberries (medium content). Sodium should be limited to 2,300 milligrams (1 teaspoon) or less each day. Because animal proteins can cause a build up of uric acid, decreasing meat and seafood intake helps prevent kidney stones many times (~15% of your calories from protein). This will probably result in an increased mono and polyunsaturated fat intake – nuts, seeds, nut butters, etc, and carbohydrates should comprise 50-55% of your intake. Adequate fiber intake (at least 25 grams a day for women) and potassium (2,800 milligrams or more – there is no set upper limit on potassium) are also recommended. Vitamin D may need to be decreased – but this is the least important change in most instances. Vitamin D-containing foods are antacids with a calcium base would be recommended to decrease. Mary, this is a LOT of things to keep in checks and balances each day. I would focus on the water and limiting the high oxalate foods. Opt for low-sodium everything and omit the salt shaker whenever possible. I hope this helps some…and good luck! Hope you get to feeling better SOON!
Julie of Pickley Pear: Have you ever researched the correlation between soy and acne? I googled it and noticed there are multiple reports, and many conflicting. The past month or so, I have been breaking out much more than usual. The past two weeks it has been really bad – not just a pimple here or there. I have not changed my makeup, face creams, washes or masks, or my routine in any way. The only thing I can think of is my intake of soymilk in the past month has increased. I have taken soymilk out of my diet for the week, so I will see what happens. This is really starting to bother me, and I cannot for the life of me figure out why!
Prevention RD: I’ve heard of this, but wanted to do some research. Soy is a common allergy in kids, and not as common to show up in adults. However, as children, we are often not exposed to soy milk unless we have a lactose allergy. When adults introduce soy into the diet, allergies can surface. The #1 symptom of a soy allergy is skin problems, including acne. If it is an allergy, removing soy from the diet should resolve the acne. If its does, bingo! If it doesn’t, I would make an appointment with a dermatologist or allergist. Great question!
Random question: If you could make a daily schedule/time line (money aside!), what would it look like? For instance, what time would you get up? Would you workout? And if so, when? What time would you go to bed? Would you work part-time? Full-time? What else would you want to do?
My ideal “schedule” would include waking up at 7am and bouncing around the house with a cup of joe til work at 9am. I would want to work part-time as a dietitian in the mornings and spend my afternoons working out, writing a book, and being wannabe healthy chef extraordinaire! I would head to bed around 10:30/11pm. It’s nice to dream, right? 😉
Have a great weekend, everyone! Make it a healthy one!!