Ugh, I DID end up opening up the bills last night…and almost puked when I scanned our energy bill. Get ready for this…
$176.26?! For just Ben and me?! In the Spring/Fall, our energy bills are normally around $60. $70 MAX. I know two people who will be a wee bit more chilly in the upcoming months, because that heater is going dooooooooown. Downtown, baby. What do you keep your heat at in the winter? We’d been living in the lap of luxury – 71 degrees – until last night when I opened this puppy up. 67 from now on. Ok, 68 if I’m feeling crazy. ;)
In happier news, I packed an awesome sampler style breakfast this morning! And on such a bright and cheery placemat!
We’ve got everybody’s favorite – Cheerios.
A Cashew Cookie Larabar. Look at the ingredient list – cracks me up!
And a beautiful Pink Lady Apple. So dense and crispy. It’s love.
I am hauling a HUGE salad for lunch today!
In the mix:
- Mixed greens
- Roma tomatoes
- Baby carrots
- Sliced almonds
- Dried cranberries
Seriously, this thing weighs a ton and will take forever to eat. I like when I can take my time and make a big salad last. You know?
Oh and a Strawberry Banana Chobani Greek Yogurt.
I wanted to tell you about the strawberry flavor I had the other day. Seriously delicious – and you know how I was concerned about the mushy chunks of strawberries? Well, I’m happy to tell you that the strawberry chunks were small and random sized. Really nice! I only almost gagged twice. But if you don’t mind chunks, this would blow your mind!
In other news…
The Great Agave Debate
As you may know, I recently got a bottle of Agave Nectar from iHerb.com. I had been hearing about it for months on the different blogs I read and was super curious to try it out for myself. After some research, I pulled the trigger and ordered. The verdict? I absolutely love it. It’s so versatile, tasty and since it’s in a liquid form, it can easily go in and on most anything you want sweetened.
Just an FYI – agave nectar is a sweetener produced from the agave plant and, while it has around the same amount of calories as regular table sugar, it’s about 2x as sweet so you’re able to use less. Agave nectar also has a low glycemic index which means it won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar, leading to a “sugar crash” later on. Sounds awesome, right?
Well, yesterday I read an article that states agave nectar is 90 percent fructose – the sugar found naturally in fruit – which, according to the article, when concentrated and made into a sweetener is the worst thing since sliced white bread. Highly concentrated fructose is said to cause insulin resistance and significantly raises triglycerides which is a risk for heart disease.
While the risks of high, fructose consumption are real, I have to point out a few key phrases in the article that really got my eyes rolling:
“…results in a syrup that has a fructose content that is at best 57 percent and, much more commonly, as high as 90 percent.”
- Much more commonly? So not every time, every bottle and every brand?
“…rats given high, fructose diets…”
- I am not a rat, I am a human, and squeezing some agave nectar in my smoothie is hardly contributing to a diet high in fructose.
“…fructose…when consumed at higher doses….”
- Again, I hardly consider 1/2 a Tablespoon of agave nectar a day a high dose of fructose.
I guess, when I read articles like this I have to shake my head and shrug my shoulders. I am not a rat and I do not chug agave nectar. Therefore, as with most other things in this world, in moderation I think it’s fine.
If you do a simple search on the Internet, among the negative agave nectar talk, you’ll find hundreds and hundreds of articles blasting table sugar, stevia, high fructose corn syrup, splenda (which I really DO think is not good), etc. In this day and age, there are downsides to a good amount of the things we eat, so it’s really about making the best decision for yourself.
Anyways, that’s where I weigh in on the great agave debate. These are strictly my unprofessional and personal opinions. I’m going to keep using agave nectar because I don’t think the amount I eat will harm me in any way. And I like the way it tastes. :)
What do you think?
In other news – it’s Three Question Thursday! It’s been awhile, no?! Here we go!
1. What’s your natural hair color and texture?
2. What’s your favorite non-water beverage?
3. What/where is one of your most favorite places in the world?
1. Dark brown and PIN straight. My hair literally could not hold a curl if my life depended on it!
2. Diet Mt. Dew. Aspartame and all – I love it!
3. My parent’s house where I grew up. There’s something about the house you grew up in, you know? I love the fact that I always sleep like a ROCK when I’m in my own bed there too. Which doesn’t happen often since I live ~.25 miles away!!! :D
ps I added some fellow bloggers to the 40 Day Fitness Challenge page!