WHAT YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS YEAR
A common new year’s resolution usually has something to do with embarking on a weight loss program or planning to make dietary changes to eat healthier.
This is not so surprising after several months of holiday parties, enjoying high calorie foods and possibly many calories consumed from alcohol.
What if this year the resolution was to avoid ingesting sugar?
Sugar itself tastes good but has no meaningful nutritional value, but too much of it can actually be more than just unhealthy but can actually be harmful. It is well known that too much sugar has been thought to be the cause of many diseases today for example obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
SO HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE PERFECT NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION?
I want to mention that despite sugar being bad for us, many years ago, high fructose corn syrup was developed. High Fructose corn syrup is a sweetener that is cheaper and sweeter than sugar so it is much easier for food manufacturers to use.
However, high fructose corn syrup is not processed the same in the body. Because it is more easily digested in the blood stream excess consumption of it can cause obesity and disease. Yes of course you will find high fructose corn syrup in soda, sweetened beverages, processed baked goods and sugar cereals.
It is shocking but true but the following foods some might consider healthy contain high fructose corn syrup; cereal bars, many yogurts, and wheat bread.
AVOID HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP.. THE EASIEST RESOLUTION TO FOLLOW
So for this year, 2018, maybe a good resolution would be to avoid all foods containing high fructose corn syrup?
TRY THIS RECIPE!
Makes a good snack or a great breakfast on top of plain Greek yogurt
2 cups slivered almonds
2 cups chopped pecans
2 cups coconut flakes, unsweetened
½ cup sunflower seeds (optional)
1-½ cup golden raisins
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup, melted coconut oil
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. allspice
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment
3. Whisk spices, coconut oil and maple syrup
4. Add nuts, coconut and seeds if using and toss until well coated
5. Spread mixture on prepared baking sheet, spread evenly in the pan
6. Bake for approximately ½ hour until granola becomes light golden brown
7. When cool, stir in raisins and store at room temperature