Date Almond snacks

I worked on my date almond snacks and tried to get better measurements this time.

1 cup almonds
1 1/2 scoops protein powder
15-18 dates ( more if you want chewier)

Mix in food processor. grind almonds and protein to powder.
Add in dates (pitted) one at a time. When mixture crawls up side of processor you are getting close. You want a sticky moist but not wet consistency.

put Parchment paper on cookie sheet. Heat oven to 425 deg.

Take mixture and spread on parchment paper. Get as even as possible either with fingers or with rolling pin.

Cook in oven for 8-10 minutes depending on how chewy to crisp you like your snacks.

Cut into bite size pieces. I package mine 3-4 a bag. Freeze some for easy travel or camping snacks.

Yields approx 24 date nut snacks

60 cal each
Fat 3-4gram
Carb 6 gram
Protein 6 grams

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Cell Phone Fail

For all of you who travel, I am sure this has happened at least once. 

You wake up, stretch, and think “Ahhhhh.  What time is it?”

Well my “what time is it” turned out to be 5:40 am and I should have been out of bed 40 minutes ago.  My alarm didn’t go off on my cell phone, because I had successfully drained it of all power.  Ut Oh!!

Tonight I need to make sure I plug the darn thing so that I am not rushing around. 

Travel food this week is going well.  making healthy dinner and lunch choices.  It is nice to be staying with my girlfriend, because I’m able to get a normal breakfast in before finding my way from New Berlin to downtown Milwaukee.

Avocado Eggs & Bacon

Somewhere between getting all the ingredients out and flipping the eggs, Rob banned me from knifes today.  Lucky for him, I ignored him. We had eggs over medium with a little melted mexican cheese, freshly sliced avocado & some bacon.  Top that with coffee with coconut milk and voila! Quality time with your husband before the kids get up!  What could be better?  Not much, in my opinion! 

What did you enjoy for breakfast this morning??   If you haven’t moved over to the “Dark Side” and begun to enjoy breakfast, here are some great reasons presented by Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. at the Mayo Clinic on why Breakfast is Essential!

Here are some of the ways that regularly eating a healthy breakfast may help you lose excess weight and maintain your weight loss:

  • Reduced hunger. Eating breakfast may reduce your hunger later in the day, which may make it easier to avoid overeating. When you skip breakfast, you may feel ravenous later and be tempted to reach for a quick fix — such as vending machine candy or doughnuts at the office. In addition, the prolonged fasting that occurs when you skip breakfast can increase your body’s insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain. In fact, skipping breakfast actually increases your risk of obesity.
  • Healthy choices. Eating breakfast may get you on track to make healthy choices all day. When you eat breakfast, you tend to eat a healthier overall diet, one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. When you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day, too.
  • More energy. Eating breakfast may give you energy, increasing your physical activity during the day. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with immediate energy. Skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity.

So, if you skip breakfast — whether you’re trying to save time or cut calories — you may want to reconsider, especially if you’re trying to control your weight.

 

No digits or husbands were harmed in the writing of this post.