These two hormones signal the body to store fat and hold on to it, setting up an environment for inflammation and a decrease in immune function. Some research shows that this can depress the body’s immune system for up to four hours after consuming sugary foods or beverages. Now that is depressing! This creates an environment for all kinds of problems, including diabetes, cancers, and heart disease, just to mention a few.
What to do? We all need sweetness in our lives. Finding sweetness in our lives that is not food related is a topic for another day. I am talking about sweet, edible treats.
Here is one you might like, No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Balls. They will help you put a damper on your sweet cravings and are portable. They also make a nice fueling snack per- or post-workouts. One person told me they taste just like Lara Bars.
Try out this recipe and let me know what you think.
No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Balls
1 cup of dates, pitted
1 3/4 cups rolled oats
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon chia seeds
3/4 cup raisins
Soak dates in filter water for ten minutes.
Drain water off.
Combine oats, cinnamon, dates and chia seeds in a food processor then process until the ingredients stick together, forming a “dough”. If the dough mixture doesn’t stick together well, add one or teaspoons of filtered water. Add raisins and process until combined. Use your fingers to press the dough into small balls for serving. Store balls in the refrigerator, covered, for up to ten days.
Yield: makes 18 to 20 small balls
(from: Kick Cancer in the Kitchen)