Simple Apple Pancakes

I discuss balancing each meal with clients frequently.  Here is another example of how to do this quickly in the morning rush.  Healthy does not have to be time consuming.

 

SIMPLE APPLE PANCAKES
Pancakes are one of those recipes that seems like it takes a long time, but actually comes together quickly. Try these tasty, no-sugar-added flapjacks from Cassey Ho, creator of POP Pilates and POPFLEX. “I love this breakfast because it’s not only delicious, it’s packed with protein and complex carbs to keep me full and energized throughout the morning,” she says.

Ingredients
2 eggs
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons almond flour
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon nut butter
1/2 small apple, spiraled or chopped
1 pinch of cinnamon, optional
Directions
In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, applesauce, almond flour, coconut flour and baking powder. Heat a griddle or pan over medium-low heat and coat with cooking spray. Reduce to low heat. Using a small measuring cup, scoop batter to make two pancakes. Cook for 2–3 minutes per side, or until firm and cooked through. Top one pancake with nut butter and cinnamon, if using. Place the other pancake on top and add apples and more cinnamon. Recipe makes 1 serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 356; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 370mg; Sodium: 226mg; Carbohydrate: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 20g

Late Night Snacking, friend or foe?

That Sugar Film tidbit for your reading today.  Love these bites of information about eating late at night.  Read on…

 

“Dinner is done, yet something is not right. Not hungry, yet hungry. But is that hungry, or not hungry at all?

There are many reasons potentially behind the evening snack-a-thon. Let’s have a look at a few!

Habit
We have done it for years, and we like it. Which in some ways can make an attempt to kick late night snacking more difficult.

Advertising
So clever, those advertisers! Seeing the chocolate coated Magnum succulently snapped will drive your subconscious mind straight to the freezer. You want it. You need it.

Nutritional deficiencies
Iron, magnesium, zinc vitamin C and B vitamins (among others) are integral in our energy and mood pathways, and deficiencies could lead to you begging for brownies. Raw cacao is a great source of magnesium, so if you are lacking (which many of us are!), your body thinks ‘CHOCOLATE!’. However most chocolate is packaged with detrimental highly processed sugars.

Blood sugar dysregulation
Overeating may leave you tired, and consequently reaching for sugary snacks

Stress
Many of us are victims to the tooth grind when feeling under the pump! So crunching on the crisp can offer a satisfying (if subconscious) de-stress activity. In addition, salt is commonly craved when the adrenal glands are being worked, due to a constant production of stress hormones.

Body programming
It has been suggested that the post 8pm snack attack may be due to our ancestral survival need to store fat and ensure the overnight fast ahead – hence the sugar/starchy/salty junk food cravings. But in this ever-so-comfortable, protected from the elements, endless food supply day and age, these needs are likely not as necessary.2

Each of these underlying drives (and there are more!) behind snacking when not hungry at night can be addressed independently. Hopefully then, the desire for late night snacking will naturally subside.

But why should we care?

The concern

At the end of yet another manic day, the reward of couch and cookie time is understandable. But have you considered that what you eat may be more punishment than payment?

Late night eating has been linked with reduced hippocampus function – meaning the area of brain in charge of memory and learning is unhappy. The timing of food consumption may impact our innate body clocks, and late night snacking is thought to interrupt the formation of long-term memory.1

We must also consider we are not exerting much energy post 8pm – and excess energy is typically stored as fat. Hello, weight gain.

And with food’s impact on blood glucose – specifically the sweet, carby chow – you can encourage increased serum levels, well into the morning, which is not good news for those with or at risk of type 2 diabetes.

Finally, our organs do some serious repair work at night – particularly our liver and intestinal tract. We want – and need – these dudes to work efficiently.

To do so, we need to be sleeping properly. But often if the body is super busy breaking down foods we do not rest fully.

Not only are organ activity, rest and repair compromised, so is our energy the following day, and increased risk of heartburn. Boo.

When you just gotta

Whilst we will ideally feel content and preparing for slumber post dinner, sometimes it just ain’t enough.

You could distract yourself with other activities, or ensure the tempting pack of double-coat Tim Tams are not in the house (both legitimate strategies!). Or try a herbal tea! It mightn’t sound like it will cut the mustard, but give it a try. There are plenty of delicious blends to choose from, so find one you like.

However, here are some ideas for snacks to reach for, with focus on protein and fibre, for those days when you just gotta!

  • Kale chips
  • Roasted and spiced chickpeas
  • Lightly toasted coconut chips
  • Mixed raw nuts and seeds, or lightly toasted with tamari
  • Coconut yoghurt, berries and cinnamon
  • Sliced apple and 100% nut or seed butter (like almond or tahini)
  • Carrot sticks (raw or lightly roasted) with hummus or cashew cream cheese
  • Nut based treats, like Nutty Banana Bread Balls
  • Egg on a cloud or eggs boiled and rolled in a delicious spice

If you want to snack, just don’t feel guilty when you do. Whilst ideally we are eating until 80% full, several hours before bed an blah, blah, blah, if you are going to snack away, snack with joy!

By Angela Johnson (BHSc. Nut. Med.)

Late Night Munchies – why the snacking?

References:
  1. Loh, DH, Jami, SA Flores, RE Truong, D Ghiani, CA O’Dell, TJ & Colwell, CS 2015, ‘Misaligned feeding impairs memories’, eLife, vol. 10, no. 4
  2. Scheer, FL, Morris, CJ, & Shea, SA 2013, ‘The internal circadian clock increases hunger and appetite in the evening independent of food intake and other behaviors’, Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 421-423.”

No-bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Balls

These simple cookie balls are full of multi grains and naturally sweetened.  They make an excellent quick carbohydrate snack when on the go.  Just make sure to pair with a handful of nuts or a source of protein to balance out the snack.

No-bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Balls

recipe courtesy of: Kathryn @ http://www.foodonthetable.com modified by eatlivefit@hotmail.com

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats (old fashioned)
  • 1/2 cup packed Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped (5-6 large aprox)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-3 tablespoons of water, as needed

 

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients, except water,  into your food processor or blender.  Pulse, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.  Once everything is well combined, add water slowly to allow the mixture to come together so it is moldable into ball shapes.

Wet hands and roll mixture into golf ball sized cookie balls.

Store in refrigerator in airtight container for up to 1 week.

Serves 9-10 cookie balls

Spots Still Available…Come Join Our Nutrition Workshop!

These next two days are the last chance to sign up for the Nutrition Seminar.  Join in our discussion and exploration of nutrition topics in the news lately.  See information here:

Back to You Trails Seminar[648]

This Saturday 9:30-10:30am at Trails Recreation Center.

You must register online at trailsrecreationcenter.org, class #465 or in person at front desk of Trails center.  Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 21st at noon.

 

My take on AHA’s recommended “healthy” fats…

Recently the American Heart Association released it’s updated recommendations for keeping your heart healthy.  Part of the new release reviewed eating habits and more specifically recommended oils to use in a daily diet to prevent cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.  I had to chime in when I reviewed their findings.  As a nutrition guru, several red flags popped up:

  1. Heart disease is a complicated illness.  Inflammation in the body causes increases in cholesterol and other complications leading to the disease.  Genetics play a role as well.  Diet can help reduce inflammation, but it is not the overall solution or culprit.  Read more about it here.
  2. Saturated Fats are not all equal.  The new recommendations vilify Coconut Oil but fail to tout the benefits of this saturated fat in comparison with other saturated fats.  Let’s dive deeper.  Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid.  It is also a saturated fat.  What does that mean, in a nut shell, your body processes it differently.  Coconut oil has proven to raise both HDL and LDL levels in the body.  Thus keeping the ratio of good to poor cholesterol the same.  Lab studies also prove it is less likely to be stored as fatty acids in the body, thus aiding in weight reduction.  Coconut oil contains high amounts of lauric acid, boosting antibacterial properties to aid your immune system.  It helps regulate blood sugar levels and helps your body build strong teeth and bones.
  3. The list of approved oils the AHA are questionable.  They recommend Canola oil, vegetable oil, olive oil and others.  I agree with the Olive Oil, it is a wonderful oil to use in dressings and low heat cooking.  The others use sparingly because they are cheap and used widely in commercially processed foods, restaurant foods, and are most likely from sources of GMO foods.  In other words, we get too much of them already in our diets, so be aware.  It does make you wonder what big industries have an financial influence on the American Heart Association.

When it comes down to it, our bodies are all different.  We have to be our own advocates for our individual health because of these differences.  Do some research into the saturated fats, look deeper than Google and decide for yourself.  I am here to help at eatlivefit.net.

100+ oz. a day!!!

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Thought this little diagram would bring this message home.  Why in the world should you drink 100+ oz. of water a day?  So many reasons, so go grab a glass of water and read on….

1. It keeps your body functioning the way it should. Our bodies are composed of about 60% water – over HALF of your body weight. Essential bodily functions such as digestion, circulation, absorption of nutrients, and the maintenance of body temperature are all affected by your hydration level. Without the proper intake, your body has to determine which function to perform poorly. Don’t make your body choose.

2. Water keeps your muscles from fatiguing too quickly. Your muscles are made up of millions of cells, which when deprived, can result in performance loss and electrolyte imbalance. We eat for the training we do so why not hydrate for it as well? Hydrating while working up a sweat will keep you in the game for longer and with more strength.

3. Water improves elasticity EVERYWHERE. That’s right! In case you didn’t catch that, improved elasticity all over your body. If you want your skin to look supple and bright, drink more water. Dehydration causes your skin to look dry and wrinkled – WHO WANTS THAT?! Not us. Drink up and you will start to look fresh.

4. Water keeps things…..moving down there. It keeps your kidneys and gastrointestinal tract functioning as they should. These organs are critical to our health and when they aren’t given the proper amounts of fiber and hydration, they start to shut down. You’ve heard of kidney stones and constipation. Yeah. Although nothing will trump your genetics (some people are just prone to digestion issues, no matter their H2O intake), drinking enough water will definitely lower your risk for both.

5. The BEST reason to drink water?! It aids in fat loss. It’s not new news that drinking enough water keeps us full and satisfied between meals. When you THINK you’re hungry, you might actually be dehydrated. Drink a glass of water to find out. If you are still hungry after those 8oz of clear goodness, then go for the snack. I find I’m almost ALWAYS thirsty when my belly says time for something sweet. Your body knows best but our brains trick us into thinking we should eat more.

Cheers to peeing clear all day!

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Banana Bread Nut Ball Snack

Brought these to class last week to share after our workout.  Many of you asked for the recipe.  Easy snack that tastes like banana bread.  Gluten and dairy free.

 

Banana Bread Nut Ball Snack

Ingredients:

3 large dates, pitted

3/4 cup walnuts

1 Tbsp. nut butter of your choice (peanut, almond, sunflower, etc.)

2 Tbsp. coconut flour

1/4 tsp. vanilla bean powder or extract

1 VERY ripe banana

Optional – cacao or cocoa powder or dried unsweetened coconut flakes (to roll at end)

 

Directions:

Pop all ingredients in a food processor and combine until a dough forms.  If too sticky, add a tsp of water or almond milk to soften into dough.  The mixture should not be so dry that it crumbles when you try to roll into small ball sizes.  However, not so wet that if is too sticky to form into ball shape, if so, add a tsp more flour.

Use a tsp to measure out small balls of dough. Using hands, roll each into a small ball shape.  Optional and recommended, roll each ball in coconut flakes or powder to add flavor and keep them from sticking to each other.

Place in freezer in small container to harden up completely, aprox. 30 minutes.  Store in air tight container in refrigerator until ready to eat.  Will stay fresh up to 2 weeks.

These are great for bike ride snacks.  If planning to take them along, keep them in the freezer rather than moving to fridge.  Pack them in plastic bag and they will be cool when ready to eat.

Serving size: 2 balls

recipe by: that sugar film modified by eatlivefit.net