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Peanut butter and fruit

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!

An oatmeal snack?

In an earlier post, I stated I was trying not to snack After 6 P.M. I feel as though I should preface that statement by saying I can eat supper as early as 3:30 in the afternoon. Yes, I’m an older person but I also eat breakfast before 5:00 in the morning so I can make it to work before 5:45 A.M.

So, as the 6:00 p.m. hour nears I begin bargaining with myself as to what would make an honorable (for the lack of a better word) snack given my commitment to controlling my weight. I’ve had reasonable success with food that warms my stomach such as a Homemade applesauce snack.

Another favorite of mine is making a bowl of one minute oatmeal. The trick here is to control what you’re going to add to the oatmeal to flavor it. My wife reminds me brown sugar or maple flavored syrup are things on the naughty list. So I avoid these. Instead, I opt for fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries or apples. Dried fruit such as raisins or apricots also works. Add a few nuts for a protein crunch. Soften the consistency of the oatmeal with a splash of fat free or 2% milk.

Homemade applesauce snack

I mentioned in a previous post I was trying not to eat after 6:00 p.m. This goal was to help me manage my weight and ward off late night binging. When the 6:00 hour draws near or slips by me without noticing, I try to look for healthy snacks to minimize the damage. This led me to a new discovery

I like crispy apples…a lot. However, there are times when I accumulate a backlog of them because I either buy too many or the ones I did buy are a little mushy and therefore less desirable. Recently, I came up with a solution to use up those less desirable apples.

I wash and cut two old apples in half and remove the stems and seeds. I put the four clean halves into a microwave safe bowl and add about 1/4 cup of water. I cover the bowl and microwave it for 4-6 minutes. The heated apples turn to sauce. The sauce is extremely hot so I carefully use a fork to retrieve the skins out of the bowl and stir. I suppose you could drizzle some honey and nuts on your applesauce to give it some added sweetness and texture.

There is nothing like a hot snack to satisfy a craving. This also serves to use up unwanted apples.

The best ground cover ever!

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Our house is situated on a small lot so we have to be creative with our gardening efforts.

I have been most impressed using strawberries as ground cover around the house.

Other plants we use for landscaping include rhubarb, asparagus, tomatoes, herbs, red raspberries and blueberries.

A Silly Thought

grilling-2491123_960_720Okay, I admit that my mind wrestles with some of the strangest thoughts.  Here’s one of them.  What will I eat in heaven?  I happen to love meat; pork, steak, chicken, seafood, etc. So I wonder, will there be meat in heaven?  It seems to me that killing anything in our glorified home, with the intention of eating it, would be taboo.

I am one of those who believe we will eat in heaven, for enjoyment, not out of need.  So the nagging question continues to rattle around in my head.  It saddenes me a little that the possibility exists meat may never appear on heaven’s menu.

Then, I considered bread.  I do love bread of any kind! I consider a peanut butter and jelly sandwich a food staple to this day.  I also considered fruit and acknowledged how much I love it, especially apples.  The many kinds of cheeses and cheese products I enjoy so much breached my thoughts.  I found myself considering nutritious grains, and the many products made from it like pasta. Veggies, coffee, milk, and other drinks would also be available. Suddenly, I had a reason to smile.  Maybe, just maybe, I could do without meat.  Lol.

I was ready to put the matter to rest until one final thought flashed through my mind, in heaven there will be ice cream and pie!!

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Rejoice and be glad for your reward in heaven will be great… Matthew 5:12a