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 were to avoid ingesting sugar?
Sugar itself tastes good but has no meaningful nutritional value. And too much of it can be harmful. Too much sugar has been thought to be the cause of many ailments, such as obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Many years ago, high-fructose corn syrup was developed. High-fructose corn syrup is a sweetener that is cheaper and sweeter than regular sugar, so it is much easier for food manufacturers to use. However, high-fructose corn syrup is not processed in the same way as regular sugar in the body. Because it is more easily digested, excess consumption of it can cause obesity and disease. High-fructose corn syrup can be found in soda, other sweetened beverages, processed baked goods and sugar cereals. There are foods some might consider healthy that actually contain high-fructose corn syrup: cereal bars, many yogurts and wheat bread.
So for this year, 2018, maybe a good resolution would be to avoid all foods containing high-fructose corn syrup?
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)
1½ 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.
By Jamie Feit