Got back from a Great overseas vacation that was both scenic and relaxing.
Found out a snack I pack (this is one of my favs actually 😉 actually helps the brain, besides helping the body….Great !!
A 2 for 1 special benefits !!!
It’s not just for our furry friends in the trees….Read on ~
How would you like to fend off a future with Alzheimer’s just by having a handful of these for your afternoon snack.
Well, then enjoy ….. Sunflower seeds.
They’re too tasty to be just bird food.
And too nutritious, too!
Among other goodies, these little seeds are loaded with vitamin E, a nutrient that may help protect against memory-stealing Alzheimer’s disease.
The E Advantage
In a study, those who reported getting the highest amount of vitamin E — 19 milligrams a day — were about 25 percent less likely to be diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease over a 10-year period. People in the study got much of their vitamin E from processed or sat-fat foods, like butter, margarine, and mayo. Our suggestion? Get your E from healthy sources, such as nuts, seeds, veggies, plant oils, and nut butters. The bonus with nuts and seeds is that you also get a shot of hunger-quelling protein. Not to mention some heart-healthy fats.
Mechanics of a Memory Keeper
Vitamin E helps protect cells against oxidative damage, a helpful thing when it comes to foiling the onset and development of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Animal research also suggests that E may help inhibit the negative effects of beta-amyloid — a type of protein fragment that turns into Alzheimer’s-triggering brain plaques.
Further, here’s a great easy recipe that is healthy AND…
has what I call a good YF =Yummy Factor.
This recipe is called Honey Almond Power bar. Why spend a lot of dough at the store for them when they have either too much added sugar, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
Enjoy making your own, then see how long they last !! 😉
Honey Almond Power bar ~ Ingredients
- 1 cup(s) old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup(s) slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup(s) sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon(s) flaxseeds, preferably golden
- 1 tablespoon(s) sesame seeds
- 1 cup(s) unsweetened whole-grain puffed cereal (see Tips & Techniques)
- 1/3 cup(s) currants
- 1/3 cup(s) chopped dried apricots
- 1/3 cup(s) chopped golden raisins
- 1/4 cup(s) creamy almond butter (see Tips)
- 1/4 cup(s) turbinado sugar (see Tips)
- 1/4 cup(s) honey
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract (try to get the real vanilla plant for a truly refreshing surprise if possible!)
- 1/8 teaspoon(s) salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square pan with cooking spray.
- Spread oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, and sesame seeds on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Bake until the oats are lightly toasted and the nuts are fragrant, shaking the pan halfway through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add cereal, currants, apricots, and raisins; toss to combine.
- Combine almond butter, sugar, honey, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low, stirring frequently, until the mixture bubbles lightly, 2 to 5 minutes.
- Immediately pour the almond butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon or spatula until no dry spots remain. Transfer to the prepared pan. Lightly coat your hands with cooking spray and press the mixture down firmly to make an even layer (wait until the mixture cools slightly if necessary). Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes; cut into 8 bars.Carb Servings: 1 starch, 1 1/2 other carbohydrate, 2 fat. Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2. Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (19% daily value).
Tips & Techniques
Ingredient notes: For this recipe, I like using unsweetened puffed multigrain cereal, such as Kashi’s 7 Whole Grain Puffs. Almond butter can be found at natural-foods stores and large supermarkets, near the peanut butter. Turbinado sugar is steam-cleaned raw cane sugar. It’s coarse-grained and light brown in color, with a slight molasses flavor. Find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or at natural-foods stores.
Enjoy these like me, when you’re out biking or hiking, or out with the family and everyone needs an easy healthy snack !!!
Please share your recipes and comments folks !!!