One thing I've been learning that just makes me so, so mad, is the labeling that companies use to try and attract customers looking for a more natural product. There is no regulations for printing "natural" on foods, so it may or may not actually mean the food includes only natural ingredients. For example:
|This stuff claims to be "all natural"...|
|the NUMBER ONE ingredient is high fructose corn syrup!!|
In other news, I made some delicious little "energy balls" today and had to share. My sister-in-law made something similar when I was in Homer a few weekends ago, and then I found some on interest and decided to whip them up tonight. So glad that I did, I had forgotten how good they are!
1 cup dry oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup ground or milled flaxseed
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
Mix ingredients together and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll into desired ball size and store in the refrigerator for up to seven days. So simple, healthy and delicious...
I barely could peel myself off my bed to make these. I just haven't had the best day...it's been one of these days:
|poured a lot of the sticky, sticky honey on the counter instead of into the bowl. fail.|
I also wanted to get more crafting done today, but there were too many chores to do. I spent a lot of time today thanking God for my beautiful, healthy, and happy son, as he is such a joy in my life and can always bring a smile to my face when I am feeling overwhelmed - he soothes me. What a blessing!
I hope your day was a little better than mine and that the rest of the week goes better for everyone, and now I'm off to go eat another energy ball :)
PS - here are the nutrition facts for the entire batch of energy balls. I calculated it this way because each person will make each ball a little bigger or smaller. So when you are finished rolling the balls, just be divide the total numbers by the number of balls you made and then you have the nutrition information for each ball!
|Total Fat||147.8 g|
|Saturated Fat||58.1 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat||16.3 g|
|Monounsaturated Fat||7.0 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||299.0 g|
|Dietary Fiber||43.4 g|
|Vitamin A||0.0 %|
|Vitamin B-12||0.0 %|
|Vitamin B-6||11.1 %|
|Vitamin C||1.0 %|
|Vitamin D||0.0 %|
|Vitamin E||2.7 %|
|Pantothenic Acid||6.0 %|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.