- Alison Kunefke
Saturdays are usually my day to find something unique to experiment with for a tasty brunch. This morning it was pancakes! I had a few strawberries that were about to turn bad in the fridge so I decided to put them to good use. I used Pioneer Pancake Mix which only calls for 1 c. of mix and ¾ c. of water. Mix. Then, chop up about three or four strawberries and stir gently into the mix. Heat on a griddle on 375 degrees until bubbly, flip, and waalaa. Spread a little butter and drizzle with your favorite maple syrup. Oh…almost forgot! I added a pinch of cinnamon in the batter for a little flavor. The cinnamon was not overpowering and some studies have shown that cinnamon can help reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels and even the common cold. Add just a tad to some of your favorite dishes or tea.
You are what you eat is a saying I have heard for years….and I believe it! Anyone looked on the packaging labels of foods that are way too easy to throw in the grocery basket at the supermarket and find that most of the ingredients you cannot pronounce and don’t have a clue what they are?? Eating fresh, healthy food can be expensive but there are ways to save money, eat healthy, feel good, and please your doctor when you go in for that yearly physical. I find simple recipes with limited amount of ingredients on Allrecipes.com. I signed up for their daily email and at least once a week I get simple recipes I can make at home for cheaper than it would cost me to go out to eat. Plus, I know what is actually in the food I am making whether it be an energy bar, soup, dessert, etc.
One of my recent finds that I absolutely love are the KIND natural whole nut and fruit bars. They are loaded with protein from fresh nuts and fruits without the added ingredients we can’t pronounce. KIND snack have been awarded numerous awards from various magazines, got Blue Ribbon for “Best Bar” on TODAY, and “Healthy Essential” by Food and Wine. Dr. Oz added this to the list of one of the five things you should have in your pantry. Spending a little more for these tasty treats that don’t contain chemicals and sugars that are not natural can’t be too healthy. Years ago I read a column by famous model Heidi Klum. I remember her saying in the interview she did not eat anything in a package. Well, my grandmother, mom, sister, and myself all made homemade bread and have been trying healthy package free foods that are much tastier than the on-the-shelf-for three-days stuff. The KIND craze are also great for those who have food allergies. They are gluten-free, kosher, packed with protein/vitamins/minerals, and are definitely worth trying rather than that afternoon walk to the vending machine for a Butterfinger or Zero bar. As someone who exercises at least five days of the week, the KIND bars kept me satisfied on long hours at work and got me through my workouts at the end of the day. I wanted to share their goodness with you! Check out www.kindsnacks.com and “Do the kind thing for your body.” If you don’t try these snacks, at least consider other options for snacking and meals that not routine for you. You might be amazed at the energy and glow you get from doing away with that packaged stuff.