An Apple A Day

Healthcare.

Obama Care.

Romney Care.

I don’t care.

I want to know why I can go to the doctor to get labs done and take my dog to the vet  for a blood test the next day and my dog gets a diagnosis in less than 24 hours and I’m still waiting to find out why I feel like I’m going to pass out during strenuous activities like folding the laundry.

And speak in giant run-on sentences.

My dog, by the way, has hypoglycemia.

Which means her glucose dips dangerously low and she has has no energy.

Normally she is a party animal.

It must be true that dogs take after their owners because I don’t have any energy either.

The treatment for now is to give the dog energy dense snacks before exercise to keep her blood sugar stable.

I fully intend on following the vet’s advice.

For myself.

Energy dense snack balls are a convenient way to refuel an empty tank. They’re quick, easy, and filled with nutrition when you make them with whole foods like oats, nuts, and dried fruits. These snack balls are made with dates, peanuts, and fresh, chopped apple and just so happen to taste exactly like a caramel apple.


Caramel Apple?

I feel better already.

CARAMEL APPLE BITES

1 cup pitted dates

1/2 cup ground peanuts + extra 1/4 cup  for rolling

1 small apple (yield 1 cup) diced very small

1/2 oz. chocolate, melted (optional)

Add dates and ground

peanuts to a high speed blender or food processor.

Grind your peanuts first if using whole. Remember to mix 1/2 cup with the dates and save 1/4 cup for rolling.

Process until mixture is crumbly and can be molded with your hands.

Transfer to a medium sized bowl and add finely diced apple.

Combine the fruit and nut mixture.

 Roll a tablespoon of mixture into a small ball.

Roll each ball in reserved ground peanuts.

Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.

I’m seriously thinking about scheduling all my medical appointments with the veterinarian in light of the fact that the care is so much more efficient and, well, caring.

When’s the last time your doctor gave you a good back-scratch and a treat before you left the office?

Did you say treat?

Exactly.

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