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Man oh man do I have a sweet tooth. Strange for a health nut, I know, but I just cannot help it. Sugar is super and I always want to feel super-duper. I also have a nag for poetry, hence the nonsensical rhyming and repetition, but really, my mind reacts the same to poetry as it does to sugar. I love it and I want more of it.
Everyday, on my way to and from class, I am forced to pass this vending machine. Now, this is no regular vending machine that spits out treats for splurging masses of dollar bills. For this particular vending machine I have to slip in a measly sixty-five cents to get not one, but more often than not, two M&M baggies. The machine has a malfunction and regularly seems to have one baggy hanging off the edge. So if I slip in my two quarters, dime, and nickel, I get two for the price of one. Tell me, who would pass that up?
But this machine has all the sugar that I should avoid. It taunts me every morning when I exit my apartment building and when I return. Sitting there at the bottom of the stairs chanting “Na-na-na-boo-boo, I know what you’ll do.” And sure enough, I reach into my wallet and fish out those silvery pieces in exchange for a little bliss.
Any intelligent person would tell me that the best way to not be tempted is to perhaps pick a different route. But there isn’t one! Unless of course I climb the monstrous dumpster and shoot off the side, miraculously grab hold of my balcony and break through the glass to my window. I am no flying squirrel and that just is not going to happen, kiddos.
So I propose this, an equivalent of the sweets with a bit of the healthy:
Healthy Baked Apple Reese’s Pieces:
On sale, simple and scrumptious!
1 Red Gala Apple
1) Cut apples into halves and cuts out seeds and core
2) Place one Reese’s in center of each apple half
3) Place in oven for 10 minutes at 135°F
4) Let cool and enjoy
Indulging Banana Split:
Money-saving, minimal, mouth-watering!
1 Hershey Bar (Dark)
1) Cut banana vertically in half
2) Break Hershey Bar and place in sauce pan
3) Fill sauce pan with ¼ cup water
4) Boil water until chocolate is melted
5) Spread chocolate over banana
6) Place in fridge and let chocolate harden and cool
7) Bon Appétit!
I’ve Let Myself Go Raspberry Infusion:
Affordable, alleviating, appetizing!
1 premade graham cracker crust
1 pack of Philadelphia plain cream cheese
2 packs of red raspberries
½ stick unsalted, low fat butter
¼ cup Daisy low fat sour cream
2 Tbs lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup sugar
1) Preheat over too 325°F
2) Mix cream cheese and sugar until fluffy
3) Mix in egg, sour cream, butter, vanilla and 1 Tbs lemon zest
4) In a separate bowl mix douse raspberries with lemon zest
5) Pour filling into premade crust
6) Cover top with raspberries
7) Place in oven for 1 hour
8) Let cool in fridge overnight
I may, of course, substitute various sweets with a variety of fruits, namely chocolate-covered strawberries with nuts and chocolate-dipped orange slices with coconut are some of my favorites. But by pairing sweet with nutritious, I remember that everything in moderation is delicious!
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Julia Blyumkin at Julia.Blyumkin@colorado.edu.