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Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding

We’ve finally figured out a healthy, easy, homemade and delicious snack – chia pudding. Have you tried it? It’s SO easy. You can add any topping of your choice. Here are some of my favorites: Read more »

It’s HOT out there today! What can you do to stay cool? Keep yourself hydrated of course. One of the best foods to eat to keep you cool on a day like today is watermelon!

Watermelon is 92% water and is filled with vitamin C, A, B vitamins, magnesium and potassium! It’s sweet and is a great dessert instead of that chocolate cake you’ve been eyeing all day.

Stick to the healthy stuff, your body will thank you – I’m sure of it.

 

 

Energy Bars, a GREAT on-the-go snack!

Energy Bars, a GREAT on-the-go snack!

My new favorite cookbook is out on shelves. I purchased one and now I’m recommending it out into the blog world. The book is called Clean Start by Terry Walters. She has amazing, clean recipes that are delicious!

She also wrote Clean Food – which is my other favorite cookbook.

Yesterday I made what Terry calls energy squares – they are perfect for adults AND kids!

Here’s the recipe which I tweaked a little bit:

1 cup peanut butter (or almond, cashew or any other of your favorite nut butters)

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 1/4 cups crispy brown rice cereal

½ cup raw almonds

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

¾ cup ground flax seeds

In a medium pot over low heat, whisk together peanut butter and maple syrup. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine rice cereal, almonds, coconut and ground flaxseeds. Fold ingredients into peanut butter mixture until all ingredients are incorporated.

Rinse an 8×8 baking dish with cold water to prevent sticking. Spoon the batter into the dish and press firmly to even it all out. Refrigerate for 45 minutes or until firm. Remove from refrigerator and cut into squares. Store in airtight container and enjoy!

Fresh fruits and veggies

Fresh fruits and veggies

I recommend eating as many fruits and vegetables that you can throughout your day. Carry them in your bag so that you always have a healthy snack when you’re on the go.

Fruits and veggies are really the most pure and whole foods that you can eat. Of course, if you buy the conventional ones they will have pesticide residue on them and they may also be genetically modified. Organic produce does not contain any pesticides and will definitely not be genetically changed.

When your hungry throughout your day, grab a fruit. You will be happy with yourself that you didn’t eat the whole box of cookies, or the entire can of jelly beans – stick to eating the products that leave you feeling nourished.

P.S. Try eating fruits and veggies that are in season, they will be cheaper :)

One of many Larabar flavors

One of many Larabar flavors

I’ve always had trouble finding a granola bar that’s healthy and filling at the same time. By no means am I trying to replace a meal with these bars, but I like to stick them in my purse for times when I’m desperate for something nourishing. I also like to keep them in my pantry for a snack.

The problem that I find with most of these bars is that they are filled with preservatives, sugar and unhealthy ingredients. SO, when I eat them I have now learned that I am prone to getting a stomachache.

You can imagine how frustrated I’ve been that I can’t eat these bars anymore, nor do I want to. My stomach can’t handle the chemicals/preservatives/sugar that’s used.

I have finally been introduced to a bar that is actually healthy! I am so excited about it that I knew I had to share with my blog community. These bars are filled with real, whole ingredients and are naturally sweetened without any added sugar of any sort. Not even agave!

Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a
Larabar and read the ingredients. You will be amazed that there are only about three or four ingredients in most of the bars.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t say it’s healthy to eat more then one bar per day – but if you are indulging in other bars this is a MUCH healthier choice. Be advised that they do have fat, but it’s HEALTHY fat; completely different then the other stuff that’s used in the other products.

Enjoy!