Friday, July 22, 2016

Churro Waffles (Sugar Free)

 

 

 

This recipe is simplicity at its finest. Especially when you cheat a little bit like I did and use a waffle mix. This is not your basic waffle with butter and syrup, but a sweet treat that is reminisant of another breakfast staple at our house - toast with cinnamon and sugar. Since I'm a diabetic, my cinnamon and sugar is always made with Truvia and I used it here too. Indulgent, yet sugar free.

To make this breakfast treat, simply prepare your favorite waffle mix according to package instructions. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to your mixture. Cook waffle until crispy in a waffle iron, drizzle with melted butter and dip both sides in a cinnamon and sugar (Truvia) mixture spread on a plate. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Healthy Decision

 

 

 

There is something that I have been pondering for a while. But in the Starbucks era, where coffee becomes a social activity rather than just something to drink, giving up caffeine is hard to contemplate. But, I have been noticing some unpleasant side effects from caffeine that are pushing me towards a decision. I don't drink a lot of caffeine; usually one or two cups in the morning and maybe a Diet Coke during the day. But, I have noticed that even a small amount of caffeine lately is causing some slight dizziness, as well as being a prime trigger for occasional migraines.

I think that these symptoms are telling me that it is time to finally give up on caffeine. There are plenty of alternatives from decaf coffee ( no - I'm not giving up coffee) to herbal tea to a wide variety of soft drinks without caffeine. I will keep a water bottle with me at all times and it will be beneficial to drink more water in the long run. I can also make flavored water with my infuser that is both healthy and delicious.

I may slip now and then, but it's really something I want to try, not just for a while, but for the long term. It's all part of a healthy lifestyle that includes a low carb diet, exercise and better sleep patterns. It really is the next piece of the puzzle for me.

Happy Wednesday!

 

Monday, July 18, 2016

This and That - Summer Television

 

 

 

 

 

Who is watching The Great British Baking Show along with me this summer? I was thrilled to see that PBS would air another season here in the United States and hope we continue to see more. I'm not sure what makes me so happy when I watch this show, but there is a sweetness to the contestants that is rarely seen on channels such as the Food Network. These British contestants are humble, helpful to each other and amazingly skilled at baking. Instead of producer driven drama with the baking challenges, we see from start to finish, truly amazing bread, cakes and desserts. It is quirky, fun to watch and even the setting ( a tent on a country estate) is beautiful and very British. You can easily catch up on the current season on PBS.org.

 

 

 

 

I'm still processing Season 2 of Outlander, even though it has been a week since the season finale. I loved many things about the season; some episodes more than others and do think if you love the books as much as I do, you have to find a different way of looking at the series. In the end, the changes from the book worked well and the character development became more in tune with how I see Jamie and Claire. The finale (especially the scenes from the 1960s) was my favorite episode and makes me very happy with how true many of the scenes were to the book. Season 3 will be a long wait, but will be highly anticipated since Voyager is my favorite of the books.

Happy Monday!

 

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