Sunday, September 2, 2012

Some Food for Thought...2 Ways

While I'm in the process of posting some new content, I wanted to leave some food for thought:  My favorite Energy Ball recipe (adapted from the recipe on Wellness Mama's website and my go-to candy alternative), as well as a quote to chew on while you're chewing...

Energy Balls

1 cup blanched almonds
1 cup whole, pitted dates, chopped
1/2-3/4 cup raisins
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cocoa powder (optional - if you want a less-sweet ball)

Place almonds into a food processor and chop into small pieces.  Remove from food processor and put into a bowl.  Put dates, raisins and cinnamon into the food processor and pulse until it clumps together into a ball.  Remove the date and raisin mixture from food processor and mix with the almonds by hand until well incorporated.  (Should be about the consistency of stiff cookie dough.)  Roll into balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Here's the quote...came across it in my research on modern media (from

"Media exposure has become America's most widespread and serious addiction...Addictions literally change our brains.  They do so by changing the chemical balance and flow within the brain, or by altering the brain structure, or by changing our emotions, motivations and memory capacity.  Addictions cause withdrawal symptoms when exposure to the addictive item is eliminated and they cause us to lose control over how much exposure we seek to experience.  The American Psychiatry Association indicates that addictions may produce a desire to reduce our exposure - a desire we are unable to satisfy...To be fair, as we put the media under the microscope, it is important to note that the media can and sometimes do provide important benefits...But, often as not, media content winds up serving the lowest common denominator because that's where the largest audience - and, consequently, the money and notoriety - is to be found.  Sometimes that makes media content a distraction from more important or helpful matters.  In more serious cases, however, media content can become a debilitating obsession for individuals, and a pathway to societal deterioration."