Six small meals a day keeps ones blood sugar level in good status, and I have found this to be true.
Usually about 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. my blood sugar goes down and a quick snack picks me up for the rest of the day.
I make my own snacks. Here is one that is so easy and loaded with fiber and protein.
Oats and all that jazz
2 cups of old fashion oats
1/2 cup of nuts
1/2 cup of dried fruits (I love the dried cranberries.)
1/2 cup shredded dried coconut (Uou can find this at your local health food store.)
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds.
Roast old-fashioned oats in a skillet. (Use no oil). Stir constantly till oats start to turn brown. Cool down about 10 minutes. Stir constantly. Then add all the other ingredients.
I store mine in an air tight container. Enjoy.
Speaking of low blood sugar and remedies, I once was on the road working and contacted one of the worse colds and headaches I have ever had.
One day I was in the central office working, and one of the staff members told me that they had the cure for all my aches and pains.
She gave me a small bottle that looked like water. She told me to be near my bed and chuck it down really fast.
Well, I was in so much misery, I would probably have eaten mud just to get better.
That evening I did as she instructed, and – pow – I hit the bed like a bullet shot from a gun.
It really did cure everything I had wrong with me – for months.
I think they called my experience “hit by white lightening.” I really do not think I will ever try that again. I will stick to over-the-counter stuff.
Another great snack is peanut butter muffins. Any item with reanut butter promises protein.
PEANUT BUTTER MUFFINS
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar 1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 tbsp cold butter, divided
1 cup milk
In a large bowl mix 2 tbsp peanut butter, salt, flour, baking powder, sugar and 1/2 the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Beat the eggs and milk; stir into the dry ingredients just until moisten.
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 17 minutes or until muffins test done.
Melt remaining butter; brush over the top of muffins. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
Cool for 10 minutes. These are a perfect item to freeze.
A real quick pickup is a wrap of a flour tortilla with peanut butter and a banana rolled up inside.
If you are on the go a lot, this makes a good pick-me-up.
I sometimes drink a snack. Another great pickup is a small can of tomato juice.
Kept cold, they are a good snack for energy.
I know that “energy drinks” are flooding the market. Be sure you read all the ingredients and know what the aftereffects of these drinks are.
IRANIAN CUISINE CLASS
Elaheh Siahkouhi from Iran is teaching a class sharing some of her home country’s cuisine at the Madison County Extension Center, 230 Duncannon Lane. It will be interesting in learning how they prepare vegetables, fesenjan and pita bread. The next one is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 22. For more details, call the Extenition Office at 623-4072.
SUGARS AND SUBSITUTES
The Madison County Library is sponsoring two lecture classes on the subject of sugars and sugar substitutes. They are based on the book “Sugar Busters.” Check the library’s website to register for these classes. The next one is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Richmond location, 507 W. Main St. Check their website to register for these classes.
Be sure if you blood sugar drops to a point you have the shakes, blackouts etc, see your medical doctor. Happy snacking.
Arritta Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a master’s degree in counseling from Eastern Kentucky University. She is certified as a food service specialist by the School and Nutrition Association.
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County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
A whole lot going on
Downtown Richmond Farmers Market opening
The new Downtown Richmond Farmers Market officially opens Saturday.
This market will set up in downtown Richmond on North First Street between Main and Irvine streets Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting).
For more details, go to www.downtownrichmndfarmersmarket.com. There you will find an events calendar and how to sign up for workshops that will be conducted at the market.
A Visit with a bell-The Dinner Bell Restaurant in Berea
I have wanted for some time to visit and interview people and food establishments here in Madison County and surrounding areas that you may have not gotten a chance to visit. \
I chose the Dinner Bell in Berea for my column this week.
Extension celebrates 100 years of nutrition education
For the past 100 years, families in Kentucky have looked to the Cooperative Extension Service to learn better ways to be healthy.
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