A Day In The Life #2: A Bone-Smart Snack Experiment
I was totally unprepared for this sudden attack. But fortunately, using the few items I scraped together and with a dose of creativity, I ended up managing pretty well.
Don’t worry. I was stricken with nothing more than a “Snack Attack”, and the end result of this whimsical taste adventure turned out to be a delicious discovery. I’ll explain.
The day started off like any other typical Monday, with lots to catch up with after the weekend. I got up early and tried to cram as much work as possible before my lunch appointment with Vicky, a Biology college professor and good friend of mine. She’s been teaching Biology for many years at FIU, and every once in a while we get together. This past Monday it was lunch at a Miami coffee shop near the university.
There was plenty of traffic on the way back… Miami highways are always crowded… but soon enough, I was back at my desk. The afternoon flew by, and before I knew it, it was time for dinner. My fridge was not well stocked, to say the least, so I ended up having the previous night’s leftovers. Not very exciting.
A couple of hours after dinner, it happened. I had a craving for something sweet; something different from the usual… and definitely not fruits. I had eaten a good amount of fruits already. So I opened my pantry doors and got really discouraged. Nothing! There were no snacks, and granola was not an option.
What could I do? I had no choice but to get creative and use my imagination to concoct an alkalizing snack. Then I remembered that there were unsalted walnuts, almonds, sesame and pumpkin seeds in the fridge. I found a container of honey, a pouch of raw organic chocolate powder, and some raisins. Bingo!
I rolled up my sleeves and started my culinary “experiment”, and let me tell you, it turned out to be one of the best bone-healthy alkalizing snacks ever. If you are following the Save Our Bones Program, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the large number of Foundation Foods in this scrumptious snack. Plus you also know that even though chocolate is acidifying, it is loaded with bone-building polyphenols.
And now, I’m happy to share the recipe with you, so you can prepare some ahead of your late night “Snack Attack”.
Heavenly Crunch Munch
2 tablespoons almonds, chopped or whole
1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped or whole
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon raisins
1 tablespoon honey (adjust to taste)
1 teaspoon cacao (chocolate) powder
In bowl, mix all ingredients till nuts and seeds are well coated with honey and cacao powder.
Note: You can use unsalted or salted, raw or roasted nuts and seeds.
This is the organic unsweetened cacao powder I use:
In good health,