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Sugar Detective

Uploaded: Sep 22, 2019

I was just watching the movie Fed Up (Amazon Prime) about the effects of sugar on our bodies. Here’s the CliffsNotes: When you eat too much sugar and your liver can’t process it all, the pancreas comes in to save the day by excreting insulin that turns the excess sugar molecules into fat cells for storage. Yikes!

After the movie, play naturopathic doctor Samia McCully's Sugar Detective game: check any nutritional label in your pantry for the added sugars, divide by 4, and get the teaspoons of added sugar in the serving size. For instance, on this label the added sugar is nearly 10 teaspoons for a can of soda!

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Fight back! Another recipe we did at Sugar Blues, part of my 8 X 8 cooking series, is Peanut Butter Date Balls. These are similar to the ones sold at Trader Joe’s, but better! I think they were the favorite of all the recipes we did in class. No added sugar or flour, and if you have an issue with peanuts try another nut or seed butter. Easy to make, great to have around as snack. Remember that peanut butter has nearly the same amount of protein as ground beef, and like we discussed in Lentil Brownies, sweet combined with protein has that satisfying, staying power we need from our snacks.


Peanut Butter Date Balls

Makes 25 cookies

1 T flax seeds, ground
3 T water
½ t baking soda
1 t lemon juice, brown rice or apple cider vinegar
1 cup medjool dates
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
Flake sea salt (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with silicon baking sheet or parchment.

Combine flax seed – baking soda in a small bowl. Remove pits from dates and whirl in a food processor until a ball begins to form. Add peanut butter and flax seed mixture. Process until combined well, but don't over mix. Form into small balls with your hands and place on baking sheet, 1-inch a part. Sprinkle lightly with flake salt (optional, but it adds a terrific texture.)

Bake 15 minutes or until preferred texture. Store leftovers in fridge for best results.