People may not think of caffeine as the most popular mood-altering drug in the world, even those who use it daily, by drinking coffee, tea, sodas or energy drinks as part of their routine.
Whether it’s brewed from a K-Cup, sipped in sweet tea, savored in chocolate or downed in cola, caffeine is a mild stimulant to the central nervous system that has become a regular fixture in everyday life.
Cari Nierenberg, a Live Science Contributor, writes about 10 Interesting Facts About Caffeine. This article covers topics like “How Long Does it Stay in Your System?”, “Withdrawal Issues”, “Can People Truly Be Addicted?” and others.
I have recently rediscovered the crock pot meal (after a wonderful reminder from #FrameMom.) So both Monday and Tuesday, I’ve made different slow cooker dishes, and tonight I will try a third. Will you join me?
Monday, I made orange glazed turkey meatballs. The recipe calls for regular, beef meatballs, but I wanted to try something a little lower in fat and still high in protein. The recipe I used is here. They were pretty delicious, better than I thought. I do think they are best for a buffet or appetizer.
Tuesday, I made a taco pulled chicken salad. It called for taco shells or tostadas, but I broke up a few blue corn chips and put it on a bed of lettuce and made it a taco salad. This was VERY good and I would recommend it. I also made my own seasonings instead of buying the packets. Made me feel a little bit healthier. I am always a fan of knowing what exactly is in my food. (control freak?)
Tonight, I plan to make Sesame Chicken and serve it over spinach. I’ll be following this recipe. Join me? Ingredients: chicken breasts, salt and pepper, honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, olive oil, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, cornstarch, sesame seeds.
I love me some Almond butter! I even think it surpasses peanut butter and I have been known to be a big fan of pb.
It is too bad that Almond butter can be anywhere from $6-16 at the store. YIKES!! Good news is you can make your own for a fraction of the cost! Just add different flavorings such as coconut, vanilla, and chocolate, and it takes very little effort to put together.
Today we are going to make Coconut Vanilla Almond Butter!!
Gather these 5 ingredients and you are on your way!
2.5 cups of Raw Almonds, unsalted
2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
Step 1: Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Step 2: Place a single layer of almonds on baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes, stirring once.
Step 3: Let the almonds cool and then place in food processor
Step 4: Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. This can take a few minutes so don’t get discouraged. You will also need to stop it every so often and scrape down the sides. This is where a Vita Mix, or super-duper powerful blender comes in handy. That baby can whip up those almonds in a about 2 minutes.
Step 5: Store your delicious, homemade almond butter in a glass jar and keep in the fridge. You are going to want to spread this on everything, toast, pancakes, apples, or perhaps just by the spoonful.
Enjoy and happy blending!
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Looking for something new to try but don’t want the hassle?
Here is an easy , yet healthy alternative! This could even be an alternative to pizza if you think about it.
Whole grain bread
Low-fat Mozzarella cheese sliced thick
White onion slices
Turkey Bacon (optional!!)
Green onions cut up Directions:
Pretty self explanatory but here it is. Put slices of thick mozzarella on bread and put in the oven on broil. Watch it (it won’t take long) until nice and slightly brown on top and melted. Make sure it is melted. Nothing is worse than almost melted cheese. Add bacon and sliced tomatoes, white onion and green onions.
Serve with a small side salad with ranch dressing. Perfect lunch.
(Avoid eating this for dinner. Keep dinner light.)