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The Jeff Beach Diet: During the Holidays, There’s No Such Thing as Bad Carbs

The Jeff Beach Diet: During the Holidays, There’s No Such Thing as Bad Carbs

By Jeff Beach

Welcome, readers, to the Jeff Beach Diet.

You may have heard of the South Beach Diet, that low-carb, high-protein diet made popular a few years back with people cutting back on things like cake and alcohol.

Yuck.

Jeff Beach DietWhat the Jeff Beach Diet and the South Beach Diet have in common are these two things:  the word “Beach” and the word “Diet.”

While the South Beach Diet discourages “bad carbs,” the Jeff Beach Diet believes there are no bad carbs, perhaps they’re just misunderstood.

So what better time than the holidays to take these misunderstood carbs and show them some love, and give them a place at your table.

A few of the items on the South Beach naughty list are white bread or flour, processed sugar and dairy.

So let’s use that as a basis for a breakfast or brunch treat I like to have at holidays – Monkey Bread. Don’t worry, monkey bread is not made with real monkeys.

MONKEY BREAD

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. cinnamon
4 cans (7.5 oz each) refrigerated biscuits
1 cup chopped walnuts, if desired (some people use raisins, too, so if that’s your thing, I won’t judge)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted (please, no margarine)

DIRECTIONS:
Heat oven to 350 degrees; spray bundt pan with cooking spray.

Walnuts can be spread in bottom of pan as a topping or mixed throughout.

In a plastic bag or bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon; use a scissors to cut refrigerated biscuits into quarters and coat the pieces in the sugar-cinnamon mixture, then drop them into the bundt pan. The cook is allowed to eat one piece of coated biscuit dough.

Combine butter and brown sugar in a bowl or measuring cup, blend until smooth and pour over the biscuits. Lick spoon when done.

Bake until done – 30 minutes or so, just don’t burn it.

Let stand for 10 minutes then turn over onto a plate to serve. Best eaten while warm and gooey or pick pieces off throughout the day.

Calories: Too many.
Nutritional information: You don’t want to know.

Jeff Beach has spent a lifetime on the The Jeff Beach Diet and is still kickin’.

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