WHEAT MONTH

TL 7-21 JULY IS WHEAT MONTH

July’s Grain of the Month is Wheat. Worldwide, wheat is the third most-produced grain, trailing only corn (maize) and rice. In the United States, wheat accounts for about two-thirds of all grains consumed. However, much of the wheat we eat is refined (missing its nutritious bran and germ) or enriched (refined grain with just five of the dozens of missing or reduced nutrients added back in). If you eat wheat products, make sure they are whole wheat.WHEAT

Wheat fields are so graceful and agile just before harvest.  They wave in the Kansas wind and are probably the most friendly welcoming committee our state has!  Our crops were good this year – yay!  Most of the state got to harvest before all the really heavy rains hit, so that translates into profits.CHILDHOOD PLAYGROUND

I think it’s funny that I live in Kansas – the bread basket of America – and don’t eat wheat products.  Weird, huh?  Well, I’d support the wheat farmers if I could.  I have a disease that won’t let me eat products made with wheat – so I have to make adjustments.  Even though I can’t eat wheat myself, I can still celebrate wheat month!

Here is a low carb bread recipe.  I say low carb, but it’s more than I usually have.  I suppose on a day when I’m just craving bread so much I would make this, but I’d really have to be desperate.

LOW CARB WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

Makes 16 slices

19g carbs per slice / 9g protein per slice

INGREDIENTS:

1 C. water

1 1/2 C. whole wheat flour

1 1/2 C. medium rye flour

1 Tbs. honey

1 Tbs. molasses

2 Tbs. Vital Wheat Gluten

1 tsp. salt

3 tsp. yeast

1 Tbs. olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

Put all ingredients in bread machine on dough cycle.  When that’s complete, shape dough into a log and let rise for one hour.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

It is my goal to have single digit carb count per serving of any food, so 19g carbs for one slice of bread is a bit much for me.  Besides, I haven’t owned a bread maker since 1999.  😉

 

 

 

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NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY

TL 1-24 NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER'S DAY

1-24 DADDY AND PEANUT BUTTER

This is one of my favorite holidays, NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY!!!  Did you know it takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter?  In our house, we have the peanut butter with no hydrogenated oils, which means there is no trans fat.  There is still a need to watch the serving size because they all use palm oil, but it’s more healthy if it is not hydrogenated.  Also, if the label says Peanut Butter Spread, it’s not the same as Peanut Butter.  Read labels carefully.  

How do you eat peanut butter?  I like to mix 2 Tbs. of peanut butter with 2 Tbs. of sugar-free honey and use it to dip apple slices.  There was a time I bought caramel dip for apple slices, but there is a ton of sugar in it and I needed to come up with a more healthy alternative.

LF PEANUT BUTTER SF CHOCOLATE SYRUP APPLE DIP

I like to use recipes for cookies that have no flour of gluten in them.  I found this one for peanut butter cookies.

http://youtu.be/XqPOdhc0E74

As usual, I substitute the white sugar with Splenda.  If you use a peanut butter with no hydrogenated oil, that makes this a perfectly healthy cookie!

 No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut. – Channing Pollock

Sometimes there is nothing better than an old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich!  I heard a nutritionist say that there is nothing as balanced as that.  There is protein, carbohydrates and a little sugar to keep your blood sugar from bottoming out.  Since I have a problem with high blood sugar, I choose to have a sugar-free jelly.  Smucker’s sugar-free apricot spread is my favorite.  I also use a 9-grain bread instead of white bread because it doesn’t cause my blood sugar to spike.

OK – I just viewed this and it grossed me out.  I like peanut butter, and I like coffee (you KNOW I do) – but…  peanut butter coffee???  Oh yeah – no, that’s never happening!

http://youtu.be/RfhOSXOeF7M

I really don’t venture out and experiment with peanut butter like that.  Um…  no.  Besides, I’m not sure you can trust someone who says he has a glass of coffee instead of a cup.  Jus’ sayin’…

Peanut Butter with no hydrogenated oils is a healthy source of protein, but remember a serving size is only 1 Tablespoon – so it packs a nutritional punch!  It’s probably a bad idea to sit in front of the TV and mindlessly eat it straight from the jar.  I don’t know how anyone could do that anyway – I mean, wouldn’t it get stuck to the roof of your mouth?  :-/

 

 

 

 

 

 

EZEKIEL 4:9 ON 4/9

EZEKIEL 4 9 ON 4 9

Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…  – Ezekiel 4:9

HE IS FAITHFUL

I’m out of control again…  and I’m frightened of complications.  I need God’s help so much to make this okay again.  He is faithful to me – He just keeps helping me more and more!

I’ve been forced to look at alternatives to traditional bread made with flour.  The days of walking into a grocery store to pick up a loaf of bread are over.  In mid-March I had a hemoglobin A1c of over 9!  Some changes have to be made – and quick.

Ezekiel 4:9 products have a unique combination of 6 grains and legumes that provide these added benefits:

  • Protein – The breads, pastas and cereals have 84.3% as much protein as milk or eggs.
  • Amino Acids – The products contain 18 Amino Acids, including all 9 essential amino acids.
  • Better Digestibility – your body can digest these products more easily due to sprouting.
  • Better Absorption of Minerals – Sprouting breaks down enzyme inhibitors so your body can more easily absorb calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc.
  • More Vitamin C – Sprouting produces vitamin C.
  • More Vitamin B – Sprouting increases vitamins B2, B5 & B6.
  • More Fiber – Since the products are made with both grains and legumes, they are a great source of fiber.

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The folks at Ezekiel 4:9 use freshly sprouted certified organic grains and all the products are kosher.  It seems weird to find your bread in the refrigerated section, but it’s because their bread is not made with flour.  Studies have shown that grinding grains into flour increases the surface area upon which enzymes in the body can work to more quickly convert starch into glucose.

And yeah – that’s not good for diabetics – more glucose not good – not so much!

There are no GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) used in any of the products and no refined sugars.  Did you know that most bread has some amount of sugar?  The next time you go to the grocery store, start reading the labels – it’s an education.

And finally, there are no preservatives or shortenings used in any of the products.

Type II Diabetes will not win!  I’m still in the fight and I’ll do whatever it takes to avoid the ugly complications of this horrific disease!  I have managed to lose a little weight, which in theory should be helpful.  I have until June 22nd to get this whipped back into shape.  I’m not defeated – I can do this!

Of all the changes I’ve had to make, buying bread that needs refrigeration is probably the most dramatic.  I’m thankful for the Ezekiel 4:9 products though, because if they were not around, I’d have to quit bread cold turkey – and frankly, I’m not sure I could do that!  I’m addicted to bread like some people are addicted to soap operas!  Wink!  😉