- Life Protein, vanilla, 2 scoops (6 T)
- liquid, 8 ounces
- blueberries, frozen, 3/4 cup
- True Lemon, dash
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Add in Wet ingredients (PB, Agave, and vanilla). Stir until combined. You may need to use your hands.
(TIP: If your PB is hard vs. runny, you may need to bring the agave to a boil on the stove, remove immediately, add in the PB and vanilla and stir to melt the PB. You don’t want to overcook the agave or it will burn!).
Press mixture down into ungreased 9 x 13 in. glass dish.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup chocolate chips across the top of the bars. Set oven to BROIL. Broil for 1 minutes, NO MORE. Remove immediately and spread melted chocolate chips across the top of the bars. Refrigerate and cool. Cut into squares and enjoy your healthy “Reese’s cup” treat!
**The Shaklee Instant Soy Mix Protein is flavorless and is a substitute for flour in other recipes. If you use that protein you may need to add a bit more agave as it’s flavorless and unsweetened. We keep this on hand at all times to replace flour in recipes like pancakes, cookies, and sauces–it’s a great way to cut back on the flour and carbs!
** If you use Almond Butter instead of Peanut Butter, cut back on the agave or it will taste too sweet! If using peanut butter, try to avoid PB with added sugar or preservatives. Get Natural or Organic PB.
Source: Healthy Oates
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Problems managing polycystic ovarian syndrome? It may not be due to lack of willpower. Instead, you could be Insulin Resistant, a root cause of PCOS. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health, Stanford University and other research centers have clearly identified the existence and effects of Insulin Resistance, a biochemical condition that can cause excessive weight gain and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal imbalance linked to the way the body processes insulin after it has been produced by the pancreas to regulate blood sugar (glucose). Insulin Resistance could be caused by:
Over time, the above factors have damaged the complex ability of the body’s cells to properly utilize insulin to convert glucose to energy. This process creates Insulin Resistance.
Insulin Resistance can also cause PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is by raising insulin levels in the blood stream. Unhealthy lifestyles and genetic conditions can lead to the pancreas overproducing insulin. This excess insulin stimulates the ovaries to produce large amounts of the male hormone testosterone, which may prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg each month, thus causing infertility. High levels of insulin also increase the conversion of androgens (male hormones) to estrogens (female hormones), upsetting a delicate balance between the two and having a direct effect on weight gain and the formation of cystic follicles or ovarian cysts.
The symptoms vary widely from woman to woman. Because the symptoms vary so widely and not all women display all the symptoms, doctors very often misdiagnose PCOS. This became an issue of critical concern after a study in 2000 found that women suffering from PCOS have a higher risk of coronary heart disease.