Monday, December 5, 2011

Merry Making Tip #3

I often get the question, "So, are you still doing that diet?" Here's my honest answer - mostly. I will be very authentic when I say that the last recurrence (a year ago) really made me question everything that I had been so regimented about - the supplements, the organic food items, the conventional medicine. All of it. 

Basically, I came to this conclusion - Jesus is the cure. He set the number of my days before I was born, and nothing that's happened in the last 3 years has changed that number. Now, I also have to reconcile this with the fact that Jesus tells us in John 10:10 that He has come that we may have abundant life. Also, I know that my body is to be the very temple of God, and that I am to be a good steward of all of the resources with which God has entrusted to me. 

So, what does this mean for Christians?

I can only tell you how God has moved my heart, and I challenge you to seek Him as you make your own health/nutrition decisions. 

This is the position that I take - 

Healthy living means keeping my body in optimal condition, so that I can physically do all that God has created me to do. It does not mean being a slave to a diet, nor does it mean that I attribute my healing to my eating habits, supplements, or pharmaceuticals. God is the Healer. 

To put this into black and white terms, this means that I eat many fruits and vegetables; I limit foods with gluten and sugar to occasional treats; and I get regular exercise.  This keeps my body healthy, so that I can do what God positions me to do, but I am far less rigid about this than I used to be. Ultimately, God is in control, and I am just responsible for doing what he leads me to do. Now, keeping with this theme, onto the tip 'o the day!

Merry Making Tip #3

Make a delicious, but healthy holiday treat. For several days I saw a "breakfast cookie" recipe floating around the cyber world, and I was intrigued. After looking at the ingredients, I was even more intrigued. 

So, this afternoon, I cranked up the Christmas carols and broke out the Kitchen Aid to concoct the guilt-free goodies. 


First, mash 3 ripe bananas. I let the mixer do the mashing. 

Next, add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. 

Mis in dried fruit and nuts. I used raisins and dates and almonds and walnuts, but I think blueberries or cranberries or pecans would be delightful. 

Form dough into balls and place on parchment paper. Press balls flat. Now, as they say, "Everything's bigger in Texas." Cookies are included in this, for me. I like a BIG cookie. Dust with cinnamon before baking.

Bake @ 350 for 20ish minutes. Cool on rack.

Place cooled cookies on the prettiest dish that you own! This is one of my favorites - a serving piece from Granny and Papaw's china. 

Next time, I will probably double the recipe. What you see in the above photo is all that it made. That doesn't seem like many to me. Also, I think you could swap out the bananas for apple sauce (probably about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups). The variations are endless. You could do chocolate chips instead of dried fruit, but then they would be guilty, instead of guilt-free. A great holiday treat! Now, go make something!

Breakfast Cookies
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 cup blanched almond flour/meal (although, I think regular flour would work)
1/2 cup mixed nuts, chopped
1 cup dried fruit
3 ripe bananas (mashed)
1/4 cup oil (I used grapeseed oil. I think vegetable or canola would work)
1 tsp vanilla


Life and Times . . . said...

I'm learning (it's a work in progress) that God wants everything in balance in our lives. That he doesn't want us to be a follower of anything except Him. I'm the type of person that can easily go overboard on things, whether it be exercise, certain diets, even having to have my quiet time a certain way, and if it gets messed up I kind of flip out. But God is definitely working on my OCD tendencies. Those cookies look so good. I think my four year old would gobble them up. Although, he may then think he can always have cookies for breakfast. ;)

Amy said...

Thanks Lindsey for sharing your conclusion about balance in all things. I agree that diet is VERY important (as well as exercise), and God is our great physician. I am so thankful that he has healed you. I so much enjoyed our chat the other day. I wish I could just fly over (or vice versa) and we could do some healthy baking/cooking together. Love, Amy