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Sue Spitulnik

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A Healthy Snack

I invite my adult nephew to join us occasionally when my kids come for dinner. With the grandchildren involved it makes for a full table and there is a lot of talking all at the same time. Jim doesn’t come empty handed. He often brings a bag of bittersweet chocolate covered almonds. I put a bowl of them on the table when we clear the dinner plates and most of them are gone by the time the house gets quiet.

Have you ever seen that cartoon; vegetables are plants, cocoa is a plant, chocolate is made from cocoa, so chocolate is a vegetable and I can eat all I want. I don’t have that totally correct, but you get the idea. The fun part is scientists have proven that bittersweet chocolate does have healthy benefits. Almonds are also good for people so are a healthy snack. Add the two together and you have the ultimate healthy snack. So is there a drawback? Yes! It should be a snack, not a meal!

I know lots of ladies that their go to when they are sad or depressed is chocolate. I don’t fit in that category and can have chocolate around the house for weeks and not find it a temptation. I also like almonds and other nuts. Those I have been known to make a meal out of. So, I’m thinking you can figure out how long bittersweet chocolate almonds last when they are visible in a bowl. Sometimes I put them in a metal tin so I can’t see them and they stick around longer.

I think you should put them on your shopping list! Enjoy!

 

National Grab Some Nuts Day

So, do you know what kind of nuts are in the picture?  Are they all tree nuts?  Be honest.  Did you think of the actual meaning of nuts when you saw the word, or did you think of a bit of human/animal anatomy?

This day is a compilation of recognized types of nuts.  Almonds, walnuts, and hazel nuts are tree nuts. Peanuts are legumes.  The pods develop underground.  I had to look up the pictures to prove it to myself.

On to what you really thought of when you saw the name of the day.  The more I write, the more I notice about human nature.  Humans tend to see things in a sexual manner if at all possible.  No, I don’t have any proof of that; it is just an observation.

Outside the stock exchange in New York City there is a huge statue of an anatomically correct bull with long horns and huge “hangy-down things” under the tail.  When my adult son saw the statue he crawled under it to have his picture taken with the impressive pair.  Guys do things like that just like they look at a pretty female.  It doesn’t bother me.  I’m human too and my mind goes that direction also.

The next time you want a good source of protein, grab some nuts to eat.  Or, the next time you go to a baseball game, have a bag of peanuts.  It’s tradition!

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