Favorite Healthy Snack (Three Ways) – 31:23

I love to snack.  I am a nibbler.  I love sweet.  I love salty.  I love crunchy.  I love creamy.  You get the point.  But, there is always a but, I need to eat healthy.  How does a snacky nibbler who loves sweet and creamy, salty and crunchy good stuff satisfy the urge to snack without sabotaging a healthy diet?

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I’ll tell you.  We call it Rocky’s Concoction.  We came up with it when he was diagnosed as a diabetic a few years ago.  He needed a snack that would not raise his blood sugar, so we combined some of his favorite elements.  I do mine a little differently, actually a couple of differently’s,  so you are going to get one snack, three ways. This is a way to get a little crunchy, creamy and sweet together with a little chocolate.  Did I forget to mention chocolate earlier?  Forgive me.  Chocolate is always necessary. Especially for snacky nibblers.

1.  Combine peanut butter (we use all natural), walnuts, almonds, and a few semi-sweet chocolate chips in a cup and stir.  You can also add in cheerios.  He doesn’t always include the almonds or the cheerios. He used to do a few unsalted pretzels, but they are basically flour laden, so we quit adding those.

2.  Combine walnuts, chocolate chips, raisins and cheerios in a cup.  Shake to combine and enjoy.  I don’t always do the cheerios and sometimes I leave out the raisins.  Even though raisins are natural, they do add a little extra sugar.

3.  Or, combine peanut butter, sliced banana, walnuts and the chocolate chips and warm in the microwave for 10 – 15 seconds, stir, then enjoy.  Bananas too can add a little more sugar than you may want on a regular basis.  I think this may be my favorite version.

Note – combining in a cup, does not necessarily mean you should eat a cupful.  A little goes a long way.  The walnuts are filling – they are also a good source of fiber and omega 3 fats. I did not tell you how much of each item to include, that is up to your discretion based on nutrition labels and your dietary needs. As with any recipe, if you are diabetic or have other health issues, check with you doctor for approval if you’re not sure.

This may not be a 100% perfect snack, but it does satisfy a craving for something to munch while watching TV and the semi-sweet chocolate chips give a little indulgence.  We have jars on our counter for walnuts, chocolate chips and raisins, so they are always ready when a snack attack hits.

Don’t tell anybody, but I have been known to add marshmallows which I think makes them no longer on the healthy snack list. So be careful!

Nibbling in Grace,

Teresa (Sadie Grace)

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Five Question Friday

There is a blog that hosts a link party called Five Question Friday (I know, it is now technically Sunday).  I decided to answer this week’s questions just for fun and because I hadn’t posted for a week.  If you want to see other bloggers answers or link up you can visit My Little Life and join in on the fun.

The Five Questions:

If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, movies, people and foods would you take along?

Books:   The Bible, Forsaking All Others by Emilie Loring,  Margin by Dr Swenson, a hymn book, and a poetry anthology  (as a book lover narrowing down to five books is really hard, but I think this group could keep me well read and entertained until I was rescued).  I should probably have a blank journal type book, but maybe I can write my stuff on the margins and the blank pages in all the other books and maybe Ty can figure out how to make paper for me.  I’m sure this experience will result in a best seller.

Movies: Green Card, Baby Boom, You’ve Got Mail, Funny Farm, Mary Poppins

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Food:  Pizza (counts as one, right, even with several toppings), walnuts (have to get those omega threes), CHOCOLATE, tomato bisque soup, cheese, crackers.  I’m assuming there will be a freshwater source and plenty of fruit on this tropical island to add to my diet, thereby making it pretty balanced.

People: this one is harder, or maybe not so much.  I’d take my husband of course, he is my main support.  There are a lot of people that I love dearly that I wouldn’t take for various reasons, so I’m thinking the rest of my family could be safe at home, living their lives, praying for my safe return.  So, the other four that I would take – For survival etc I’d want a Doctor( Dr. Andrew Weil), a handyman (Ty Pennington), a comedian (Robin Williams or Chonda Pierce) and a minister (Billy Graham).  I would take these people for what should be obvious reasons.

What is your thought on year round school?

My first instinct as a former teacher is to say no, no, no – I like my three reasons for teaching – June, July and August (off that is).  However, as a former sort of Nanny for a couple of young girls that attended year round school I’d have to say that the schedule is really not that bad.  All their breaks (three that were three weeks and one that was five weeks)  were spread out in such a way as to feel balanced and the time off was about the same as a traditional school year.  So, I could probably do that.  And, it is probably better for the children.

What is your most embarrassing potty story? 

I’m sure I have many…

What’s the temperature where you are?

Cold, we did have sunshine today  – I think earlier I heard  Mr. Piano say it was 55 – that was probably during the warmest part of the day.  I had the inside temp on 73 and was still bundled up in blankets while I read a book.

Are you a winter/spring/fall/summer person?

Definitely Fall – that was the main reason (and the heat) that I was glad to move away from Florida.  Have to have my October blue skies and fire leaves. Fall is also one of the main reasons that I miss my beloved Tennessee mountains.  Spring would be a close second, if I needed a second runner up.

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So, there you have it.  Feel free to leave a comment and tell me some of your answers to these questions.  And please don’t feel free to make me one of your five people as obviously I didn’t choose you – I wanted you safe at home.  I still love you very much though!  However, if you choose Mr. Piano, then I go with, can’t do without him.

Surviving in Grace,

Sadie

The Weekend Toss

Happy Weekend.  Thought I’d toss a few things your way: 1. Recipe  2.  Randomness  3.  Reading Ideas

1.  What’s for dinner?  Baked Potato with Chili Beans and Cheddar Cheese and my new favorite salad – thought you might like to try the salad:

Teresa’s fresh greens, fruit, and nutty goodness salad with homemade dressing:       (I know – need a better name)

Salad Ingredients:  Green Leaf Lettuce, Boston Bibb Lettuce, Spinach, Strawberries, crushed pineapple, green pepper, cucumber and walnuts.

Dressing Ingredients: olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, maple syrup (the real stuff), pepper.

Directions for Salad: Chop, dice etc all the salad ingredients into whatever sizes you prefer.  Load your favorite salad bowl with the lettuce blend (you can use whatever lettuce you have if you don’t have the one’s I listed, although I would use something or a combo of something more green than iceberg).  Next, add remaining ingredients in amounts that look balanced to you.  I was making a salad for two more or less, so I tossed in a small to medium handful of the other items more or less and enough lettuce for two to three side salads.  Adjust according to the crowd you are feeding.

Directions for Dressing:  Again, I just eyeballed the amounts.  If you need to measure, I would do three to four parts vinegar to two parts olive oil and one part maple syrup (use the real if you have it, if not you could use honey.  Or, if you don’t need the sweet just leave it out – the pineapple adds a little sweet anyway) Pepper to taste.  Adjust levels until you get the flavor that seems right to you. Pour on dressing and toss. Note: The dressing will blend with the other ingredients once applied to the salad, and that will add to the flavor. Also, you could substitute apple cider vinegar if you don’t have balsamic.

I was out of some of my usual salad toppings and had eaten the strawberry, walnut and feta cheese with spinach salad before, so I just used what I had on hand, and did my own version.  I probably would have added some shredded cheddar if I hadn’t used it all on the baked potatoes. I think cheddar cheese pairs well with fruit.  Feta would also be enjoyable.

This is a fairly healthy salad and also addresses your sweet tooth, so you don’t crave dessert after the meal.  In fact the little bit that was left over  became my snack later instead of the chocolate candy bar calling my name from the pantry shelf.  Although I’ve heard chocolate can be good for you too!  Antioxidants and all.

I don’t have a picture to take of how beautiful it looked in the bowl because it was devoured gone before I thought to take one.  It met with Mr. Piano’s approval too, although I’m sure he enjoyed the loaded potato more, because as he says salad is a necessary evil need for us nutritionally.

2.  I do have a Random picture from the Little House taken before we officially moved in and crowded it all up with furniture from two residences (which is a story for another time). This room looks different now; I loved it when it was just a simple table and chair.  You will notice my drop cloth drapes to the right side of the picture.

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3.  And finally, the reading.  Today I was reading in Philippians chapter two in preparation for tomorrows Sunday School class.  We will be discussing humility and how Christ is our example of a humble servant. humility-is-not-thinking-less-of-yourself-its-thinking-of-13

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Friday and hopefully Sunday, I am reading Mere Christianity by CS Lewis. I started this book some time ago and was interrupted. I picked it back up this week to finish.  It is good, thought provoking reading.

I also recently enjoyed the January issue of Better Homes and Gardens.  It has a lovely spread of Edie Wadsworth’s new (rebuilt) lake home from over at life{in}grace.  Her story is truly remarkable; I believe, in addition to the BH&G article, you would love browsing around her blog.  Her about me page has links to several of her posts that will help you get to know her a little better. I found her a couple years ago via Nesting Place.  I may or may not have spent a lot of few hours stalking catching up on her blog posts recently.  She also lives in my beloved Tennessee which makes me a little jealous, until I remember that I am blessed, beyond measure, to live in My beloved Kentucky Home during this part of our journey.

So, there you have it, some ideas for your weekend in case you’re tired of that social media site where you normally hang out!  I do realize that your weekend is half over before I post, but it is daylight somewhere, maybe.

Weekending in Grace,

Sadie