Lately I have been craving nut butter spread over toast or bagels for breakfast. Must be the magnesiummy body is fining for. For a change, I tried making sunflower nut butter cookies sprinkled with pumpkin seeds for extra crunch. This is the first time I have baked with sunflower butter, and these cookies are purely delicious in my book. And taste-testing Chase agrees. Another reason to add pumpkin seeds is that they are packed with iron and magnesium, a mineral that is important in the absorption of calcium in the body.
Just be aware that it is best to eat these within a day. After a day sunflower (nut)butter turns GREEN! Yes, GREEN! I freaked out and thought something was wrong with my cookies when I went to eat one the next day. After researching why this happened I learned that sunflower seeds have chlorogenic acid that is found in all plant leaves and stems. Chlorogenic acid is an antioxidant and is one reason why sunflower butter is so good for you! The alkalinity in baking soda turns the cookies green (might try these for St. Patrick's Day).
Getting enough calcium and magnesium in the body are important in the prevention of bone loss. Recallcenter.com approached me to help spread awareness of this disease and as I learned more, the facts are riveting. Did you know that over 10.2 million adults have Osteoporosis and another 43.4 million have low bone mass? This disease accounts for more time spent in the hospital than diseases like diabetes, heart attacks and breast cancer. With these alarming facts, this month lets spread awareness about Osteoporosis.Normally I would have a healthy calcium packed salad full of kale, lettuce, broccoli and goat cheese to get extra calcium in my diet. But how about cookies and milk? So grab a glass of your favorite calcium packed milk and a cookie and cheers to spreading awareness of Osteoperosis! To learn more please visit http://nof.org/nationalosteoporosismonth.