I hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patty’s Day! I enjoyed green carbs…
…green salad for lunch
And then a most unique dinner — Crab Scramble with Bleu Cheese
Today is taste test day at work and I made a delicious treat from Estela’s blog, Weekly Bite. I’ve tried several of Estela’s recipes, and she’s never led me astray! And I must admit something: Fiber One cereal is not something I enjoy. You know, the ORIGINAL Fiber One guinea pig-looking twigs. Bleck! BUT, this recipe is seriously YUM! And can you beat a dessert with 13 grams of fiber AND super easy to make!? I didn’t think so!
High Fiber Marshmallow Treats adapted from Weekly Bite
1 bag marshmallows
3 tablespoons butter Smart Balance Light
5 cups Fiber One Cereal
1/2 cup dried fruit (I used dried cranberries)
1/2 cup chopped almonds
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Spray 13×9 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Melt butter in a large saucepan at medium low heat. Add marshmallows to melted butter.
Keep heat at medium low. Continuously stir marshmallows until completely melted. Be careful not to burn marshmallows.
Take marshmallows off heat. Add in cereal, dried fruit, and almonds. Gently fold in chocolate. Be careful not to over mix.
Spread in pan, allow to cool completely, then cut into 12 squares.
Nutrition Information (per square): 251 calories; 8 g. fat; 130 mg. sodium; 54 g. carbohydrate; 13 g. fiber; 2.5 g. protein
Today’s NNM Topic: Celiac Disease
Celiac disease…is on the rise. There are 4x more American’s with Celiac disease today than there were 50 years ago, according to WebMD. Research by Mayo Clinic researchers has linked undiagnosed and untreated Celiac disease with earlier death. The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center Director Stefano Guandalini, MD suggests that only 5% of people with Celiac disease are diagnosed and that 1 in 100 American’s have the disease. Different theories as to why Celiac disease is on the rise include less exposure to germs which causes increased susceptibility and the new methods in which wheat is grown and processed.
So, what is Celiac disease? A gluten allergy which causes an inflammatory reaction which can cause damage to the intestine and result in malabsorbed nutrients. Gluten is a protein found in found in wheat, rye, barley, oats, and many other prepared and processed foods. Treatment for the disease includes the elimination of gluten in the diet.
Symptoms of Celiac disease include: diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, weight loss, anemia, unexplained infertility, premature osteoporosis, loss of teeth, and other health issues. Symptoms subside with the elimination of gluten.
This or That: Rice Krispie treat OR cookie?
Question: Do you or someone you know have a gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease? I feel like there are a LOT of bloggers out there who steer clear of gluten!
Happy Thursday (my Friday – wooo!)!!!