When eating treats, it's great to choose those that contain protein.
Because it takes the body longer to digest protein, blood sugar remains stable when eating sweets with protein. The digestive process takes all carbohydrates and turns them into glucose, a kind of sugar that's and released into the blood stream for energy.
Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps cells to absorb glucose once it's in the blood stream so that they can use it to generate energy. However, if there is too much circulating glucose in the system, the body gets overloaded.
By consuming excessive carbohydrates and sugar without the protein to slow down the release of glucose into the blood steam, sugar levels and hence insulin levels can become chronically elevated. This elevation can lead to inflammation, high blood sugar and pre-diabetes (also known as insulin resistance).
Combining sweets and protein helps our body make the best use of the energy we gain from treats and keeps blood sugar balanced. Protein sources include: nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, meat, eggs, and cheese.
Nut Butter Chocolate Chippers
You will need:
1/4 cup creamy almond butter or peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup coconut sugar
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sorghum or brown rice flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chocolate chips (try to find ones sweetened with rice syrup instead of cane sugar)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Oil a cookie sheet with coconut oil.
In a large bowl, whisk together almond butter, coconut oil, applesauce, coconut sugar, flaxseed, and vanilla. Mix in flour, cinnamon and salt until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Flatten in a criss cross pattern with the tines of a fork. Bake for about 15 minutes.
Let cool on pan for 5 minutes before enjoying.