Balanced Diet

Wouldn’t you just love to go back to the days when you didn’t have to worry about what you ate?  Not a care in the world about getting enough of this vitamin or that vitamin?  Or not worrying about low-carb, low-fat, or high protein, Paleo, green coffee bean, etc. diets?  Well, I’m here to say that this sign took me back to those carefree days this morning.  It hangs in our favorite breakfast place … Jethro’s.

When I was a young and skinny kid, my best friend and I would scrounge up enough nickels and dimes to go to the local food store and buy a Pepsi in a glass bottle and a package of Hostess cupcakes.  Of course, that was back in the day when nothing had high fructose corn syrup.  Yeah, that was a lot of sugar but we burned it off riding our bikes all day long.  I miss those days.  I still like Pepsi but don’t drink it much.  If I do, it’s their throwback version, made with sugar instead of HFCS.  As for the cupcakes, well, they just don’t taste the same as they did back then, so I don’t eat them very often either.

Hope you’re having a great weekend.  If the Falcons and the Ravens win their games today, we’ll have a “bird bowl” on Super Bowl Sunday.  Personally I’m a fan of the 49’ers AND the Patriots, so if they win today, (and both teams are favored to win) I’ll find myself in quite a quandry.  Yikes!  Namaste’

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Chocolate without the HFCS

©Regina Arnold

We went to the Cracker Barrel for breakfast this morning and on the way out, decided to pick up two of the new Hershey bars.  We love chocolate and were pleased to know that these particular bars are made from the original Hershey recipe. The Hershey company has been making chocolate bars since 1900 when Milton Snavely Hershey produced the first bar.  The bars in the picture are the ones made (and available for a limited time) with the original recipe, containing no high fructose corn syrup.

According to “The Nibble” (a magazine about specialty foods) chocolate dates back as far as 1500 B.C. when the Aztec and Mayan cultures discovered the value of the cacao plant.  Cacao trees have grown wild for about 10,000 years.  Some historians believe that chocolate has been around for 2,000 years but research now claims it could be even older.  Even though there are conflicting dates, one thing is for sure – chocolate is a taste that most people love and I’m no exception.  (No, these are not part of my eating plan, but a girl’s gotta have some chocolate once in a while.)

Originally chocolate was a bitter drink made from the cacao bean which probably accounts for the bitter taste in dark chocolate.  Some researchers say that chocolate is actually good for you as long as it’s the dark variety and has at least 80% cacao.  Others say differently so who knows?

“Forget love — I’d rather fall in chocolate.” –Anonymous

Namaste.