Like a lot of people at this time of year, I’m looking for ways to shed a few pounds after a sinfully delicious holiday. My choice this year is to cut down on processed sugar and white starches. I’ve replaced one meal with a smoothie as well- be it lunch or breakfast.
Here’s a delicious, filling, high protein one that makes a good snack or morning meal.
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3-4 ice cubes
2 dates, pitted
1 tbsp sugar free all natural peanut butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1/2 c. water
In a 4-qt saucepan, mix sugar, corn syrup, and water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cover pan for 1 minute to wash down sides of the pan. Remove lid and cook rapidly to soft-crack stage~270° F. Add peanuts and continue cooking, stirring constantly to the hard-crack stage~310° F.-about 5 min. or until candy is golden brown. Add butter, vanilla, and soda. As you stir, candy will foam up. Pour into buttered pan and rub spatula across the top to break bubbles. When cold, break into pieces. Store tightly covered.
Submitted by: Jennifer L