I really hope the name "energy bites" isn't copyrighted or something... Anywho, so I know that these are so last year and about 8,997 pins ago, but I finally made some of my own and they were absolutely delicious. And I am so sorry, I forgot to measure AGAIN! I promise to get better at that. Basically, I took 4 bags of trader joes oatmeal, a tablespoon (ish) of cinnamon, about the same amount of vanilla extract, and a couple dashes of all spice and mixed it all together.
Then I mixed in about 1 1/4 cups of melted crunchy peanut butter until a sticky blob of goo formed.
Ball them up, cover, refrigerate, enjoy!!!
I made the balls about an inch in circumference and eat 3 at a time. You can really do just about anything with these. Experiment. Truthfully, I should have added flax and chia seed to properly label them "energy bites," but I was out. You can do coconut, almond butter, honey, cranberries, raisins, the list is endless. Just make sure that all the ingredients you add don't have to be cooked or baked. You'll definitely want to refrigerate them before you eat.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Nine types of apples. NINE. That's how many variations my local grocery store has in stock right now. Honeycrisp, Gold Delicious, Jazz, Cameo, Braeburn, Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious, and Granny Smith. First of all, I have never even heard of a "Jazz" apple and I don't even want to know how far it had to travel to get my supermarket. According to allseasonsproduce.com, the only apple listed above that is actually in season right now is the Braeburn. The Gala is close to being in season, though. Brookefield Orchards' website says the season for Honeycrisp is early September. Gold Delicious= late September. Red Delicious= late September. I am not meaning to criticize the farmers who worked very hard to harvest all the food I see in the supermarket everyday. I am just currently obsessed with learning where my food comes from, what it is really made of, and how it will affect my body. I am picking on apples because I used to resist them. I used to resist any healthy food, really. But what's funny is that I spent the whole weekend staring at my last apple refusing to eat it until I had to. I'm a little broke right now, so my fridge is pretty much empty. I know that apples are really healthy and they do a pretty good job of filling you up. This is why I was holding on to that apple. I was waiting until that last broke and starving moment that I could, to savor it. How is it that when I have enough money to buy whatever food I want to, I go for crap? Doesn't logic tell me that I should invest in the good stuff that will fill me up and do good things to me? On to the next subject: the cost of food. Here is a bag of fruit: $6.99. Here is a bag of chips: 3 for $5.00. No wonder America is so stinkin' fat! You can get THREE bags of chips for two whole dollars less than ONE bag of fruit. Healthy food costs more, it's as simple as that. There is a correlation between wealth and health. Wealthier people have more resources to the healthier food. They have transportation to get to the supermarkets, they can afford the more expensive and healthier food and so on. From CNN: "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently published a study that found $1 could buy 1,200 calories of potato chips but just 250 calories of vegetables and 170 calories of fresh fruit. And it is also true that Mississippi, the poorest state in the country, is also the fattest." Also: "The rise of Type 2 diabetes in children coincides with the rise of child obesity and childhood poverty." Let's be honest here, you've allllll thought about it at one point or another: how can that lady in front of me in line weigh 400 pounds AND be on welfare? How is it possible that her ENTIRE family can literally make NO money but yet look like she eats enough to satisfy a fat King? It's because crappy food is cheap food. Not loving it. Here's my new way of looking at this issue: I say eat like you have all the money in the world. We spend so much money on stuff that does not matter. Stuff that tears up, gets lost, gets stolen, gets thrown away... but we don't spend money on our body. The ONE thing in the world that is truly worth investing in. Our body is all there is. Without health you have nothing. Take the time to invest in yourself. Spend a little more money at the grocery store on food that will treat you right. Instead of only saving that apple for a broke, hungry day- eat it every day and be wealthy in your health.
Posted by Lori Renee' at 6:12 PM
Friday, February 15, 2013
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Remember the Super Bowl commercial this year, "God Made a Farmer?" Wasn't it great? It reached out to so many people and there was more buzz about it than any other commercial during the game. I think commercials like this are proving that America wants to be healthy. America wants to get back to our roots and live better. When I first moved to Nashville I was so excited about the emphasis on "farm to table" restaurants, the abundance of local farmers' markets, and the large amount of bikeways and greenways we have. This city really wants to be healthy. The trend of local restaurants wanting to buy from local farmers is great! Maybe it's just a mental thing, but eating a salad that was in the soil less than 24 hours before, just gives me such a great feeling! As most of you know, I work in news. For years now, we have been doing stories about "food deserts" and "community gardens." They all just seemed so mundane to me that I never thought twice about these community efforts. But lately I have realized that the human race really is in a crisis. We are feeding ourselves plates full of shit and we are making ourselves sick. The food we eat is triggering diseases and we are killing ourselves. We laugh at our diseases and act like being fat is ok. In a meeting at work today our web producer told us that the owner of Heart Attack Grill died (from a heart attack of course). This is disgusting. We make jokes about serious conditions that we have given ourselves and it is not funny. If you are over 350 pounds, you can eat for free at the "Heart Attack Grill." Good Lord. Our forefathers must be rolling over in their graves.
Posted by Lori Renee' at 7:46 PM
Monday, February 4, 2013
Lately I have been on a big food documentary kick. Expect several future posts like this one in the future :) Food is fascinating to me. It is so powerful. The food industry controls so much more of our lives than we really know. I think about how much I have let food control me and I am astonished at how little I really know about it. This post revolves completely around the movie "Food, Inc." Everything below is paraphrased from the movie. I was just so intrigued by the movie, I wanted to share what I learned with you!
Posted by Lori Renee' at 8:40 PM