Tuesday, April 24, 2018

MacLeod Bars: a no-grain, low-carb recipe for all

Today my little guy and I threw a bunch of ingredients into a bowl, spread them on a cookie sheet, and popped them in the oven. Twenty minutes later: something perfect to have with your afternoon cup of tea that no one could possibly feel guilty about eating.

 I have a family member trying to follow the Bredesen Protocol, a program designed to reverse the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's. For my fellow crock-detectors, I actually went to the local university medical library and researched this program to make sure it's not just a lot of hooey. It's named after Dr. Bredesen, who is actually a very well-respected doctor with research published in peer-reviewed, well-known journals. This program is being seen as the best hope for someone with Alzheimer's or the genes for Alzheimer's that is available at this time. It's not easy, though. It basically takes everything that science has shown to help the brain and throws it at you. The diet is mildy-ketogenic, with a focus on vegetables, low-sugar fruits, nuts, good oils, pastured meat and eggs and wild-caught oily fish.

In other words, you only shop around the edges of the store and pretty much can forget about being able to buy most snacks or convenience foods. And if you can find them, they're usually $6 for a tiny bag of seed bars.  As you might imagine, people lose weight fast on this diet, especially if you follow the program's recommendation of getting 30 minutes of aerobic exercise every day! This is great if you need to lose weight. But some people, like my family member, have been able to eat like a horse their entire life without gaining a pound (yes! it's true!), and do not do well without a steady intake of energy throughout the day. This person needs frequent nibbles, and not on a celery stick, thank you very much. So, it's time for this person's loving daughter (me) to start experimenting with making sustaining and tasty snacks. And... I think we've got one, folks! I call them... MacLeod Bars! Skirl of bagpipes, and footage of the Western Isles, please.

One last note: Some Bredesen followers will probably freak out that there is any sugar in this recipe. However, spread out over twenty servings the sugar load is minimal. Feel free to experiment with Stevia and let me know how it goes!

MacLeod Bars

2 eggs
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup avocado oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup roasted flax seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup roasted cocoa nibs
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup coconut flour
1 cup red walnuts

Mix everything together. Dump it all out on a greased cookie sheet and press with your hands to spread it evenly over the whole sheet. Bake 20 minutes at 350. Cool and slice.

Makes 20 bars.

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