Do you remember Sesame Snaps in the tiny little packet that you always had trouble opening? Then when it was open the little slices of goodness were all stuck together so rarely if ever, you managed to break them apart without snapping it in half? It didn’t seem to matter though as they were sweet and crunchy – so sticky, crunchy and rock hard in fact that it seemed like your teeth would break! Despite all that, they were yum!
So I don’t know what the ingredients are in the original – might take a peek when I am next at the supermarket – however I wondered if I could recreate the taste with rice malt syrup. It turns out I can! Yahoo!
So last week I mentioned one other food I was researching and experimenting with along with the psyllium husk disaster zone and that is gelatin.
So you mean that stuff that makes jelly and is made from horses hooves, cows and pigs carcass and everything else scraped off the killing room floor? Well…yes sort of and yes all animal. So if you are vegetarian or vegan, you might want to stop reading right now however as I have explained before, my approach to the food I eat is what feels good to me in terms of physical effects – energy levels, no pain, bloating, tiredness, nothing that is addictive to me, preferring anything that makes me feel refreshed, nourished, alive and sometimes that extends to animals and animal products like fish, eggs, occasional dairy and now gelatin.
Always interested in feeling marvellous I set off to investigate a couple of food stuffs that I don’t eat. One was psyllium husk to make sure all is happening as it should – go fibre, go!
And the other was gelatin – made from horses hooves or the old wives tales we’ve been told but still animals – I know, I know, however I do eat fish and eggs and some dairy, so I’m an advocate of doing what works for me and often that means picking the best of the different ways to eat – nothing is off limits if it works for me and makes me feel good. However more on gelatin the wonder food at another time, today it’s about psyllium.
Now right off the bat I found two conflicting bits of information, well actually three. Which is just so typical of everything to do with weight loss, health and actually most things. As Esther Hicks says, “the experts disagree on almost everything in the world, so don’t listen to them.” I have found this to be true for everything I have encountered on weight loss, which is why I had to forge my own way. So onward though with an open mind as best we can!
When I was in my overweight days, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were one of my psycho foods that made me eat until I was sick or finished the whole packet whichever was first. Oi vey!
There was something about the combination of PB and Chocolate that just had me all a twitter. It was the flavour I used to pick too at Baskin Robbins ice-cream place too, when I used to eat that; however one little scoop of all that richness and I already felt sick, so I didn’t need to eat lots of that. Ha ha.
Luckily though I worked out that the key problem ingredient causing all of my out of control eating was sugar. Once you take that out of the mix and replace it with something less ‘psycho inducing’, you can still enjoy all the chocolatey, buttery goodness and stop at one or two. Hooray for health food! I love it.
I was reading an article recently (link down below if you are interested), which spoke about eating disorders and the psychological aspect of binging in terms of the emotional reasons people pick up that block of chocolate and eat the whole thing.
In all the examples they gave of the type of food people were pigging out on, it was junk food. McDonalds, KFC, commercial chocolate, cakes, biscuits, and ice cream were some examples. Never once do you hear the story… and she was so upset she ate five bowls of salad and a whole watermelon.
I remember these Bounty Bars from my childhood days and I think my mother was more into them than I. However given my sugar addiction, I remember hoeing into them as well. They were chocolatey, coconutty and chewy with a kind of fresh taste. So I thought it might be fun to ‘health-ify’ them.
Off I went to the net and low and behold I found a recipe on www.iquitsugar.com, which was an adaptation from the www.healthyeah.co.nz. All fantastic ingredients already and when there are so few ingredients, there is not much tweaking that can be done – or so I thought. Hold that thought!