I love a good night of sleep more than dark chocolate. Which is why I’m avoiding it for the month of February.
But there’s something else that sometimes makes me toss and turn in the middle of the night.
It’s a magnesium deficiency.
Call it a big “Ah Ha” moment when I discovered the connections between consumption of sugar, low energy, anxiety, and magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium is a mineral that helps regulate blood sugar, is vital to energy production, and helps with relaxation.
A deficiency leads to a wide assortment of issues, including irritability and nervousness, insomnia, sensitivity to loud noises, asthma, muscle twitching or cramping in legs or hands, frequent headaches or migraines, and PMS and menstrual cramps.(i)
We know gluten damages the intestinal lining, contributing to poor absorption of minerals, like magnesium. And a poor diet with too much sugar and caffeine also doesn’t help.
Unfortunately, since our soil is mineral deficient, eating the right foods may not be enough to reverse a deficiency.
I take a Magnesium Citrate supplement twice a day along with a multivitamin.
They have a fantastic crunch and remind me of a candy bar, thanks to a nougat of peanut butter, coconut oil, and a very small amount of maple syrup. I feel noticeably relaxed when I eat them.
Did I mention that chocolate cravings can be a sign of magnesium deficiency? (iii)
Bummer, I know.
Please note, if you suffer from health complications, especially kidney disease or severe heart disease, consult a physician before taking a magnesium supplement.
i . Hyman, M. 2012. The blood sugar solution. New York: Little, Brown and Company.
ii. Balch, P. 2006. Prescription for nutritional healing (4th ed.). New York: Penguin Group.
iii. Fallon, S. 2001. Nourishing traditions; The book that challenges politically correct nutrition and the diet dictocrats (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: New Trends Publishing.
Buckwheat Krispie Treats
Makes: 12 servings, Prep time: 15 minutes, Chilling time: 60 minutes
- 1 cup raw buckwheat groats
- ¼ cup plus 1 T peanut butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2 tsp. maple syrup
- 3 tsp. vanilla extract (preferably alcohol-free)
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- Prepare an 8 by 8 baking dish by lining it with parchment or tin foil and lightly spritzing with oil.
- In a medium pot, combine and heat peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract on medium low heat. Reduce or remove from heat if it starts to bubble.
- Meanwhile, toast groats over medium heat in a large skillet.
- Stir the groats into the peanut butter mixture.
- Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Spread flat, sprinkle lightly with coarse salt and freeze for an hour or so.
- Remove from freezer and cut into 2 inch squares. You’ll have nine 2-inch squares and some slightly smaller outer edge pieces.
- Store in the refrigerator to prevent oxidizing and to help them retain their shape.
Serving Size: 1 Krispie (2 inches by 2 inches), Calories: 88,Carbohydrates: 9.7g, Protein:2.9g, Fat:3.7g, Fiber:1.4g
Please note: Nutritional information is not guaranteed and will vary based on the ingredients used.