I read an article recently that championed eating peanut butter with fruit. I love apples and I love peanut butter so it sounded like a great idea. The combo is said to offer a good balance of protein, fat and fiber. A tablespoon of peanut butter with an apple offers a healthy alternative to snacking.
I also carry a small container of peanut butter and a teaspoon with me in my sack lunch. I eat a spoonful of it with my banana on my morning coffee break at work. The carbs in the banana boost your energy level (as does the coffee) and the protein in the peanut butter is said to prolong the effects of the energy boost. Bon appetit!
“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Brody trick/tip of the day
With a nod to the cooks who’s secret ingredient is love and to the lunch ladies of the 80’s, you can take your bagel to heavenly heights. Instead of toasting, butter one half and place the buttered side down to cook on a griddle. Lay 3 or 4 bowls or plates on top of the bagel to weigh it down. Check it every minute, it’s ready when the top side is golden brown. Top it off with you favorite toppings.
You have no doubt heard someone say light is associated with that which is good. When something is exposed is said to be “brought to light.” In the same manner, darkness is said to be associated with that which is bad or concealed.
Perhaps the idea comes from the Bible, where light and darkness are compared and contrasted from its opening verses all the way through to the closing chapter. The fourth verse of the very first book reads:
“God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:4 NIV
I unknowingly participated in an experiment the other day contrasting the difference between light and darkness. I noticed the direction I am walking matters (towards the light or away from it) in a darkened room. When walking away from the light in a large room filled with obstacles, I noticed those pitfalls became harder to see and navigate the further I got from a source of light. I also learned the opposite is true when I walked towards the source of light. The closer I got the light the more defined obstacles became and easier to avoid.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105 NLT
I put the contrast between light and darkness to the test every time venture out for an evening workout. Carrying a light and wearing reflective clothing when I’m walking in the dark, lights my path and keeps me safe.
For those of you familiar with Jerry Jenkins of The LeftBehind series fame, you are in for a treat should you decide to read, The Last Operative. According to the author, “The Last Operative is a thorough retelling of my very first standalone novel, which marked what I considered a major step in my writing journey.”
This novel begins with a revelation. Jordan Kirkwood, an NSA undercover operative, is given secret information from another trusted member of the intelligence community. Someone in one of the intelligence agencies appears to have gone rogue, but which agency? Who can be trusted? Is the information credible? Is the rogue agent really enabling terrorists? If so, a catastrophic event is about to unfold on U.S. soil far worse than 9/11. Will Kirkwood be able to unravel this mystery and eliminate the threat in time? I really enjoyed the twists and turns in this story.