First off, I wanted to tell you that my Good Morning America segment this weekend is SUNDAY, not Saturday (oops!!)!  So it will be this Sunday, 8/9 at 8:45 am.

So I wanted to remind you of a a really easy snack you can make, or even make for lunch. It is nuts on a log, but revisited to make it healthier and even better than an older version you may remember from childhood, made with peanut butter and raisins. It’s so great when you are starving and want something fast, or are too lazy to make anything else!!

We want to avoid peanuts and peanut butter in general!!! I do not advocate consuming peanuts at all. Popular peanut butter brands like Jiff and Skippy are laced with sugar. Peanuts are also said to be one of the most toxic foods in the American diet. They have naturally occurring poisonous molds called aflatoxins present that grow on them, which is probably why so many people have intense allergic reactions to peanuts. These molds can infect our blood and our livers. Ewwwwww!!

Almond butter can be purchased without sugar, and almonds are full of minerals, antioxidants, Vitamin E and protein, without the dangerous MOLD!! Plus they are a great blood sugar stabilizer.

Raisins are decent, but Goji berries are even better!! Goji berries are the super berry from China and Tibet. When I was in that part of the world I ate them like candy every day. They are a good source of B vitamins and antioxidants, which protect against harmful free radicals that damage cells in your body. They’re also rich in polysaccharides, have 18 kinds of amino acids, and are a rich source of potassium and fiber.

We do NOT want to spread almond butter on apples or other fruits. This is not a healthy combination. Fruit should not be eaten with heavier foods that take much longer to break down. The Goji berries (or raisins) are okay in this case as the are dried, and are no longer water-containing fruits.

Whenever I think of so many delicious fruits, some of these pair really well with good desserts I always make. These nutritional desserts keep things healthy and allow me to indulge a little while maintaining balance.

Well have a great weekend!! And hope that you will be able to catch the GMA segment this Sunday!

All my very best,

Kimberly