Payday Candy Bar
The healthier way of having a “Payday candy bar”.
6 tbsp butter
1 cup Swerve
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Before you begin, make sure you have everything ready to go – the cream and the butter next to the pan, ready to put in. Work fast or the sweetener will burn. Heat butter on high heat in a heavy-bottomed 2-quart (2 L) or 3-quart (3 L) saucepan. As soon as it comes to a boil, watch for specks of brown (this is brown butter….so good on veggies!). Immediately add the Swerve and the cream to the pan. Whisk until caramel sauce is smooth. Let cool in the pan for a couple minutes, and then pour into a glass mason jar and let sit to cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Drizzle all over the cheesecake just before serving. You can also top with pecan pieces.
Xylitol: Again have everything ready. Wear oven mitts; the caramelized sugar will be much hotter than boiling water. In a heavy-bottomed 2-quart (2 L) or 3-quart (3 L) saucepan, heat sweetener on moderately high heat. As it begins to melt, stir vigorously with a whisk or wooden spoon. As soon as it comes to a boil, stop stirring. You can swirl the pan a bit if you want, from this point on. As soon as all of the xylitol crystals have melted (the liquid should be dark amber in color), immediately add the butter to the pan. Whisk until the butter has melted.
Once the butter has melted, take the pan off the heat. Count to three, then slowly add the cream to the pan and continue to whisk to incorporate. Note that when you add the butter and the cream, the mixture will foam up considerably. Whisk until caramel sauce is smooth. Let cool in the pan for a couple minutes, then pour into a glass mason jar and let sit to cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Place 2 TBS of cooled caramel in each slot of an ice cube tray lined with foil or plastic wrap (so you can remove it easily) and freeze.
NUGGET LAYER: In a saucepan boil 1/4 cup of butter, sweetener, and 1/4 cup protein powder together for about 5 minutes. Take off stove and add 1 cup cream cheese, 1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter, and 1 tsp vanilla. Cool slightly.
Remove the caramels from the ice cube trays. Using your hands, form a layer of nugget around the caramel. Then roll the candy bar in salted peanuts. Place in the fridge to ‘set’ for at least 30 minutes (overnight would be best, but you might have too many dreams about these tasty little delights!) Makes 16 candy bars.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per bar)
Hershey’s Payday = 240 calories, 27 carbs, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein
“Healthified” Payday = 240 calories, 3.5 carbs, 1.2 g fiber, 7 g protein (MORE IMPORTANTLY…NO TRANS-FATS!)
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per 2 TBS)
Traditional Caramel Sauce = 130 calories, 24 carbs, 0 g fiber
“Healthified” Just Like Sugar = 51 calories, 12 carbs, 12 g fiber
I often hear complaints that it costs too much to eat this way, but seriously check out the costs of these juicing diets where you don’t even get to chew your lunch!
Suja is $8.49 for a bottle!
The Juice Works $65 for 6!!!
Hormones run our metabolism
When I start talking to clients about our hormones and our weight, they usually get a surprised look on their face. What do hormones have to do with our weight? A hormone is a chemical messenger from a cell in the body. A hormone is produced by almost every organ system and is secreted directly into the bloodstream. Hormones signal certain cells to perform certain functions. Hormones are in charge of so many important pieces of our everyday life; our monthly mood swings, sex drive, blood sugar levels, muscle tone, fat burning ability, metabolism, immune system…the list is huge! Hormones play a role in everything from good sleep and good sex to headaches, stress, fatigue and weight gain.
The struggle to lose weight can be very difficult, and many feel that there has to be a reason that the weight is not coming off. It is true that hormonal imbalance affects some overweight individuals. Hormones do play a role in weight loss and gain, but the role is dependent on the individual, and his or her dietary and exercise choices.
Hormones can affect our mood and energy amount. We, however, affect hormones. Our way of life plays a huge role in the hormonal makeup inside us. For example, if a person is inactive, certain hormones decrease, such as testosterone. Testosterone is a hormone that works to increase metabolism, and therefore regulate weight and encourage weight loss. On the other hand, a more active person will have a greater number of chemical reactions in the blood, and help enhance the body’s hormonal balance. This happens so the body can cope with its own need to adapt to the stress during physical exertion. As a result, the body will create balanced hormones, which boosts metabolism, and lead to weight loss. By exercising regularly, getting adequate sleep, and eating the right foods, the body can create harmony with your hormones.
Ghrelin, sleep and liquid calories!
Scientists believe they have discovered why people get hungry at mealtimes, why dieters who lose weight often gain it back, and why stomach surgery helps obese people lose a great deal of weight. One main reason is the hormone called ghrelin, which makes us hungry, slows metabolism, and decreases the body’s ability to burn fat.
Ghrelin levels increase before meals and drop afterward depending upon what you consume. Volunteers given ghrelin injections felt extremely hungry, and, when turned loose at a buffet, ate 30 percent more than they did previously. Dieters who lose weight produce more ghrelin than they did before dieting, as if their bodies are fighting against starvation. By contrast, obese people who have gastric bypass surgery to lose weight end up with low levels of ghrelin, which helps explain why their appetites decrease noticeably after the surgery.
People who fail to sleep properly over-stimulate their ghrelin production which increases the desire for food. Lack of sleep also reduces the production of leptin which is the body’s appetite suppressant. So in short, if you don’t get enough sleep, the hormones in your body get all out of whack and you think that you’re hungry when really you don’t need that food.
Getting the right amount of sleep can be the first step to making sure that you’re getting the ghrelin and leptin balance that your body needs to naturally maintain a healthy weight. Getting 8 hours of quality sleep every night will help you naturally balance out your ghrelin and leptin levels …not making up for it on the weekends. I say “quality” because many people suffer from sleep apnea and don’t know it. If you have been told you snore, kick, talk, or stop breathing in the night, have your doctor check for sleep apnea. Sleep disorders will keep you from getting into REM sleep which is when our hormones are balanced. Allergies are a main cause of sleep apnea. You don’t have to be overweight to suffer from it.
This information has helped scientists harness information to assist people in losing weight. Scientists have created an anti-obesity vaccine which reduces the production of ghrelin which helps reduce cravings. Yes, these drugs are on the market, but instead of putting a huge dent in your wallet, you can start to balance ghrelin by following a few easy steps.
Ghrelin creates our ravenous cravings for food. Our bodies increase this hormone before eating, whether it is when your clock strikes 12 noon at work or you walk by a bakery and the smell of doughnuts stimulates the production. Read more in Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism which is now on sale! Click HERE to find. There are charts included in the book on which foods to consume and food to steer clear of. Follow the steps in Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism to keep your ghrelin levels in check, but I’ll give you a hint, I do not recommend liquid calories to balance your ghrelin levels!
Testimony of the Day
“5 days into Keto and I’ve lost five pounds! Even staying grain/refined sugar free, I indulged in some paleo baked goods over the holidays and then stayed mostly paleo for the first few weeks of the year just to experiment with how it made me feel. Well, cystic acne returned, joint pain in ankles and wrists and a four pound weight gain immediately let me know that your way is the right way for me! No worries for spring, I’m already back in my skinny jeans. Thank you!!” – Julie“
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Another client’s testimony on cholesterol and blood sugar… I just LOVE getting these!
“Working with Maria was the BEST thing I have done! It was worth every dime I spent …. and I am ever so grateful for her! When I began working with Maria, it was 4-5 months after I had a heart attack. My weight during that time was 182 lbs on my 5 foot 6 inch frame. I had type 2 diabetes and also an A1c that was 8.3 (way out of the normal range.) Total Cholesterol 257, Triglycerides 158, LDL 183, HDL 42.
On the insisting of my daughter, I signed up to work with Maria. I followed her plan and her recipes and supplements she suggested for me. I was amazed at how accurate her suggestions were later after consulting an Integrative Cardiologist, who has continued to help with the recovery of my heart function. Following Maria’s advice was the best step I have had in the turn around of my health.
Within 3 months of her plan, my weight had dropped to 163, and I astounded my doctors not only with weight loss, but my blood work too. My A1c dropped down to 6.4, then 5.5 on the next reading. Cholesterol levels were lowered, my blood sugar readings were lower…and I felt better than I had in years!
After a few months of her plan my Cholesterol Total was 166, Triglycerides 75, LDL 96, and HDL 55. Today, now 1 year and 7 months later after starting with Maria, I am now down to 153 lbs (Triglycerides dropped to 54!) and continue to feel great! My A1c and cholesterol levels are all within normal range and I truly owe my gratitude to Maria for all her hard work. Not to mention, her recipes are delicious too!! THANK YOU MARIA!!!”