NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY

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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.

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

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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!

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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?  :-/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NATIONAL BUNDT PAN DAY

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Some of my favorite food comes from a Bundt pan!  I worked with a sweet lady who brought monkey bread for every special occasion.  I think we made up special occasions just so we could eat monkey bread!

Of course, that was before I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1994.  Things have changed in my diet significantly since then!  But I can still write about monkey bread and all sorts of goodies without my blood glucose being affected – and that’s a good thing!

I like what Lucinda has to say about monkey bread – for sure!  🙂

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Don’t you particularly appreciate the last stanza of her poem?  I sure do!  I’m so thankful that God sticks close by my side and that His angels watch over us as we live our everyday lives.  It’s great to know that He has every life situation under control – even when we wonder if it is under control – ya know?  😉

Here’s a traditional recipe for monkey bread – ooey gooey and sticky good!

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Here’s an alternate recipe that cuts a whopping 300 calories per serving and saves on sodium as well – I think you’ll like it.  One note I will add – I never use sugar, as you know.  I always use Splenda and Splenda brown sugar.  You can use it cup for cup – just use it as you would sugar.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/monkey-bread-0

For 234 calories per serving, you can afford to splurge a bit today!  I would guess it would be even fewer calories if you use the Splenda sugars.

You know, one thing my mother taught me was that when we bake for someone, we’re really showing them love!  There are so many ways of telling someone you love them – and that’s why we call comfort food – well…  comfort food!  Share some monkey bread with a friend or loved one today – along with God’s love!

Hopefully you will have an opportunity to make one of these great recipes today – and use that Bundt pan that’s been setting in the cupboard for such a long time – feeling all neglected and sad.  😦

 

 

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE DAY

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The inner foodie is celebrating once again…  today is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE DAY!  I looked at a lot of recipes, and they all looked very good – but I ended up on the Splenda website.  Here’s a healthier version that I bet tastes just as good as the others without the extra sugar spike.

http://recipes.splenda.com/recipes/1397152-Chocolate-Chocolate-Cupcakes

Whether it is a chocolate cupcake from a gourmet bakery or one you bake in your own kitchen, we all agree that they are a special treat!

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Cupcakes were first baked during the 19th century in the United States.  They are called cupcakes because they were first baked in cups and the first recipe was measured out by the cup:  One cup butter, two cups sugar, three cups flour, four eggs, one cup milk and one spoonful baking soda.

Nowadays, cupcakes are made with a variety of flavors, ingredients and decorations, but simple chocolate cupcakes are by far the favorite.

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Purple & pink go well with chocolate cupcakes!

Are you hungry for chocolate yet?  You’re welcome!  Maybe you could round-up the grandkids and make some baking memories.  Maybe you could make some extra batches for folks who probably don’t get cupcakes very often – like people in a nursing home or homeless shelter.

It’s okay to have a few yourselves too, you know!

I’ve seen the brightest colored paper muffin cups at Walmart.  They have orange and bright blue.  One of the designs was confetti.  Of course they have the pastel ones and the plain white.

You don’t have to be planning a birthday party to make cupcakes anymore, but you might want to have a party after your yummy cupcakes are baked!  Wouldn’t today be a great day to make some chocolate cupcakes!  Get to baking and frosting, folks!

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Aspartame is the No. 1 reason consumers are dropping diet soda.  – Seth Kaufman, vice president of Pepsi.
Aspartame needs to be released to the place where all wicked, failed experiments reside.  I have never believed it is safe and no one can convince me that it is.  I know Cher was a spokesperson for Equal back in the day – but sorry, not even Cher can convince me.
I know the jury is still out on Splenda and products like it.  I hope, however, the people who come up with better and more safe alternatives have learned from past failures, therefore, actually improving the new product.  We had Nutri-Sweet, now we have SPLENDA!
Sugar will never be a viable option for me again, so the future of my health completely depends on products that use a very safe and healthy alternative sweetener.  Coke came out with a product that uses Splenda several years ago, but it is not widely available and I’ve never seen it in a bottle – only in cans.  I have almost as much trouble drinking soda from cans as I do with the Aspartame.  I believe drinking from cans is unhealthy and cooking with aluminium (foil as well) can contribute to Alzheimer’s.
It would be nice if the Food and Drug Administration stopped issuing warnings about toxic substances and just gave me the names of one or two things still safe to eat.  – Robert Fuoss
I don’t really have a favorite as so many others do – Coke or Pepsi…  but if Pepsi puts their Splenda Diet Pepsi in bottles – I’ll be a Pepsi gal.
Kudos to Pepsi for listening to us and taking a chance by making your soda a bit more healthy for us.  We need all the help we can get in that department, don’t we?  🙂

NATIONAL PIE DAY

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The First Pies Appeared around 9500 BC, so they are not only a tradition in our everyday lives, but a force to be reckoned with as diabetics.  We have a choice to make – we can either be miserable and deny that pie exists in society, or we can outsmart the evil parts of it by coming up with a diabetic-friendly alternative…  a kind of pie-like experience that makes us feel as though we get to take part in the pie party!  And you guys know me – I like a good party – so let’s find some smart, diabetic-friendly recipes!

I know it may seem like a contradiction in philosophy when I talk about diabetes and desserts in the same sentence.  I’ve lived with this disease for over 20 years and I’ve learned that you have to make friends with it – I mean you have to find ways to enjoy the same things everyone else does.  You just have to be smart about it.
Where pie is concerned, I focus on the filling.  I’m not a big fan of pie crust to begin with, so the way I handle things seems to work for me.  I usually leave most of the crust on my plate, but I do eat a couple of bites of it.  I don’t think there are enough carbohydrates in two bites of crust to do too much damage.
Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not!  – Author Unknown

If you can make little tartlets instead of one big pie, that seems to help if you’re exercising portion control.  Again, I don’t do a heavy crust, but enough to make it look like I’m being bad.  I use a Greek dough called filo or Phylo dough, a very thin unleavened dough used for making pastries such as baklava.  Any pie crust or bread will have yeast, which will definitely raise blood sugar.  My blood sugar doesn’t spike and stays pretty level if I use the Phylo dough.    By the way, I make a great baklava with sugar-free honey.  It’s the bomb!

I would use Splenda brown sugar and no salt butter in this recipe to make it more healthy.

The real secret to enjoying pie is to make the little individual serving sizes.  She is right, if you make a whole big pie, there is nothing to stop you from devouring the entire thing.  I’ve never used coconut flour, but I suspect it is much lower in carbohydrates than traditional all-purpose white flour.

Key limes are not always at our local market, but it really makes a difference in the flavor of the pie if you don’t use key limes.  I spent a lot of time and money just to end up with a pie that gave me a permanent pucker!  LOL.

 

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.  – Ernestine Ulmer

My husband makes a great no sugar added apple pie.  He knows I love cinnamon, so he makes sure it has plenty of cinnamon in it.  No canned filling either – he peels the apples and seasons them perfectly.  When I make a pie, I often “cheat” and buy a can of sugar-free apples or sugar-free cherries.  They’re sweetened with Splenda and nobody can tell they are healthy pies.

So I guess the take-away is:

  • Don’t play the “I can’t eat like everybody else” card.  You can – you just have to be more smart and creative about it.
  • Remember portion control.  For me, having a whole pie in front of me is too much of a temptation, so I like the idea of having my own little pie.  When it’s gone – that’s it.
  • The carbohydrates live in the yeast – so either make your crust very thin, use Phylo dough for your crust, or try a pie with no crust – there are Adkins recipes like that all over You Tube!  I highly recommend the pumpkin bake – it’s the pie without the crust (a.k.a. carbohydrates).
  • It’s okay to buy the canned filling.  You don’t have to peel and core and prep all day long to have a good pie.  Get one can of apple or cherry sugar-free filling sweetened with Splenda.  It works great!
  • If you make key lime pie, make sure you use key limes or you will discover you have a permanent pucker.  You’ve been warned – lol.

There’s no reason a diabetic can’t enjoy a slice of pie once in a while.  Just think – be smart about it.  Enjoy NATIONAL PIE DAY!!!  🙂

NATIONAL DATE NUT BREAD DAY

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From the title, you may think we’re going to talk about dating nutty people, but no – that’s not what this is about.  LOL!!!

It’s NATIONAL DATE NUT BREAD DAY!!!   Doesn’t quick bread sound like a good snack to bake up and take to work or give to a neighbor?  Baked goods are a wonderful last-minute gift to give.

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Here’s a great recipe for diabetics – it’s only 4 ingredients (one of them is coffee – yay), easy and inexpensive to make!

Here’s another recipe that looks very good:

Dates do have natural sugars, but are rich in dietary fiber, which prevents LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut.

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.  – Harlan Miller

Nuts are also rich in fiber as well as healthy fats.  There are about 90 calories in a slice of Date Nut Bread, so it’s best to fight the temptation to eat the whole loaf in one day.

 For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas.  Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.   – W.J. Ronald Tucker

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
– Author Unknown

I wonder if this recipe would be better if we used Splenda in place of sugar – but it also has shortening in it – so…  hmm.  So much for healthy alternatives.  We don’t use shortening in our family.  The finished bread sure does look good though.

Well, I hope you can find a recipe that you like in this collection.  You might want to try more than one of them.  Date Nut Bread is one of the favorites in our family not only because of the health benefits, but because it reminds us of Christmases past.  What is it about food and holidays?  I don’t know – but I sure do like it!  😀

When the Christmas Baby Cries:

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

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