Post 127: Start your day with Sugar free Granola adapted for diabetics a la Vered our dietician: International Festival of Puppet Theater and Film Holon, July 26-31- highlight events in Israel through October 2015

 My location shows Misgav Ladach Street, which is in the Old City and not the present location of the clinic. However, it originated there. The granola is first today as a good starter.

Homemade Healthy Granola

Recipe: Snack

Author: Victoria – Green Plate Rule

adjusted  with Vered, our dietician’s suggestions.

Serves: weigh out your portion


  • Kilo oats
  • 1 cup dried fruit (the girls picked raisins and cherries)/ dried coconut
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts/almonds/pecans
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil=I used 14/cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut crystals in 2/3 cup water microwaved 1 minute. The crystal will melt completely after the liquid  cools.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 325/180C
  2. In a large bowl add all the dry ingredients and mix.
  3. In a small pot over medium heat, warm the coconut oil, and maple syrup/ or the coconut crystals in water in a microwave.  Once it’s warmed pour over the dry ingredients. If you don’t want the additional sugar, just omit and pour them out over the dry ingredients
  4. Add the vanilla extract to the bowl and mix well. I mixed all the dry ingredients in a plastic bag.IMG_20150624_080346
  5. Add to a cookie sheet with raised sides, or a 9×13 cake pan.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, mix and toast slightly longer, then remove and mix
  7. Add it back to oven for another 15 minutes
  8. Let it cool completely before packaging. Then can add additional dried or fresh fruit fruit

The following are up-coming attractions in Israel through October. The Open House Jerusalem, October 22-24 is a must attend. As I learn about others, I’ll add them to the list.

I plan to attend most of them, except the LGBT ones or find a “correspondent” to provide playback.

1.International Festival of Puppet Theater and Film, Holon, July 26-31

“The Princess Not Laughing” at the 2010 puppet festival in Holon. Photo by Ornan Breyer

Featuring puppet makers and artists from Israel and around the world, this festival has been held annually since 1995 at the Puppet Theater Center in Holon. On the schedule are plays, shows and story-telling from Israel and abroad; evening screenings of feature films with puppets, documentaries about puppeteers, TV shows and commercials featuring puppets; exhibitions about theater puppets and puppet artists; In workshops and master classes for adults and children. In the plaza outside there will be free street performances.

2. Karmiel Dance Festival, July 28-30

About 5,000 dancers from Israel and abroad annually take part in more than 100 events and performances at this huge annual festival in Karmiel, a central Galilee town between Acre (Akko) and Safed (Tzfat). For folk-dance teachers and enthusiasts from abroad, there’ll be an Israeli folk dance course given in English from July 20-31, including sightseeing and admission to the festival.

3. Jaffa Nights, four Saturday nights in August

The streets of Old Jaffa are closed to traffic and become the scene of Israel’s largest street festival for this four-week extravaganza. Stages and performance areas take over the squares and lanes, and some of Israel’s leading performers put on free street theater, concerts and arts-and-crafts exhibitions. The party often lasts until dawn.

4. 40th annual Jerusalem International Arts & Crafts Fair (Hutzot Hayotzer), August 10-22

This photo from last year’s Hutzot Hayotzer was taken by Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90

Look and buy: The handiworks of artists from Israel and 30 countries around the world will be displayed in the artists’ colony near Sultan’s Pool just outside the Old City walls. Every night is capped by a live concert by one of Israel’s most celebrated performers. It runs every evening from 6-11pm except Friday (and after sundown Saturday). Entrance fee; special children’s activities.

5. 28th annual Klezmer Festival, Safed, Aug. 18-20

Held in the mystical Galilee city of Safed, this musical event showcases dozens of artists performing “Jewish soul music” on eight stages and in the ancient cobbled alleyways of the city. Also: an outdoor arts-and-crafts sale, tours and children’s events.

6. Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival, Sept. 1-4

This annual event brings together international and Israeli artists in performances under the stars, opposite Jerusalem’s ancient walls and in houses of prayer. Audiences may take part in “A Night Stroll” at the Tower of David, comprising performances, ceremonies and a series of “Testimony Encounters” — guided tours that trace the sacred sounds that play year-round in Jerusalem.

7. Speedo Sea of Galilee Swim, Sept. 19

About 12,000 swimmers of all ages and nationalities are expected at this largest Israeli amateur sports event, now in its 62nd year. Choose between routes of 1.5 and 3.5 kilometers.

8. Haifa International Film Festival, late September

Founded in 1983, this is Israel’s oldest annual international film festival. Held on Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the festival offers close to 300 screenings, many of which are world premieres. Outdoor events, workshops and film competitions are part of the festivities.

Other 2015 film festival Spirit Film Festival at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque, Oct. 22-24.

9. Tel Aviv Furniture Exhibition, October 11-17

If you love interior design, you need to be at the annual Furniture Exhibition at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Center to see the latest collections of more than 120 Israeli and international companies including Beitili, Hollandia, Ziv Kitchens, Natuzzi, Nicoletti, Dr. Gav, Aeroflex, Ultima, Simmons, Night Sleep, Etzmaleh, House Inn and Zaga. For the first time, the show will provide a stage for companies specializing in home styling, accessories and styling various spaces in the home. Free admission.

10. Tel Aviv Water Games, Oct. 15-19

This inaugural international LGBT sporting event and cultural festival will welcome teams from around the world competing in swimming, diving, rowing, beach volleyball and other water and waterside sports. Also planned are sunset yoga and acrobatics, bicycle tours of the city and late-night celebrations.

11. Open House Jerusalem, Oct. 22-24

Cool architecture comes alive at Open House Jerusalem. This is the Monastery of St. Charles Borromeo. Photo by Vardit Zimmerman


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