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healthy homemade energy bars

What do you get for the people who have everything?

You make them a personalized gift – something that they will actually use…

How about some homemade snacks – healthy ones, of course! If there’s one way that I can promote healthy eating, it’s going to be by offering to let people TRY my healthy goodies, and show them that it’s easy enough for them to do it in their own kitchen!

I wasn’t sure how these bad boys would turn out, but I was very very VERY pleasantly surprised!

Good thing, since I didn’t have a back-up plan – and made a triple batch right off the bat (I know, not smart!)

Some ingredients that you’ll need to run out and grab before you make these;

First up, CAROB chips (1/4 cup).

What the heck are these? Wikipedia can answer that…

Ceratonia siliqua, commonly known as the Carob tree and St John’s-bread,[1] is a species of flowering evergreen shrub or tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. It is widely cultivated for its edible legumes, and as an ornamental tree in gardens. The seed pod may be crushed and used as ersatz chocolate.

It is native to the Mediterranean region including Southern Europe, Northern Africa, the larger Mediterranean islands; to the Levant and Middle-East of Western Asia into Iran; and to the Canary Islands and Macaronesia.[2][3]”

Still confused… Ya, me too.

Basically it’s just a plant that grows in the tropics, which grows these “pea pod” type things. Inside each pod, there are beans that are naturally sweet and they are roasted and can be used as a chocolate substitute!

Cool, right? I can hear the groans – this definitely is not classified as “cool”…

Oh well, I enjoyed it!

Some unsalted peanuts (1/4 cup chopped)… Yes, I know – I talk about how they are a naturally moldy nut – but I wanted to keep the recipe in it’s original form.

Brown rice syrup (1/3 cup) and some rice puffs (1 and 1/4 cup)!

Other things you will need…

  • 1 cup of Dates
  • 1 cup of Oats
  • 2 Tbsp. of Flaxseed (ground)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter

Okay, now you’re ready to stir it all up.

Woops, poor photo skills here!

Directions.

  1. Line a tray with wax papers, set aside
  2. Place the dates in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped (this was very difficult with my Mom’s old processor – so we added some water and did some of the chopping ourselves)
  3. Combine the dates with the cereal, oats, peanuts, flax, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl
  4. Combine the peanut butter and brown rice syrup in a saucepan over low heat, mix until combined, remove from heat
  5. Mix dry and wet mixture together, add carob
  6. Press onto a tray, and refrigerated for 1 hour

Chop them into squares, and wrap individually if you so desire!

Eat, enjoy, repeat!

Happy Holiday’s!


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Kangen

Good Morning !

Thanks for stopping by.

After teaching my spin class at Krudar this morning, I had the owner of the studio pull me aside to ask me my opinions on “Alkaline Water”. He mentioned that at his last fighting competition, they were heavily promoting it – but he really wasn’t sure whether to believe the craze or not. Of course, they had free samples – so he tried it, and said it tasted pretty decent.

This brand, Kangen, seems to be the most common – and most widely recognized. Have you tried it?

I already knew a little bit about Alkaline Water, so we had a great discussion about why it’s probably not necessary and how your body functions well at a neutral pH, so alkalizing through water is really quite unnecessary.

I wanted to do a little bit of my own research though, so I investigated earlier this morning.

Apparently, if you switch to a Kangen Water System in your house (for the low price of only 5000$), you will change your life. Doubt it, but let’s look a little bit deeper.

Our bodies pH level normally sits at around a 7. With a more acidic diet (full of grains, meat, sugar and refined foods) you will sit lower on the pH scale, and with a diet full of alkalizing foods (fruits and vegetables) your body will have a naturally higher pH. By eating a diet high in raw and natural foods, you will maintain balance or somewhere alike.

According to one of the videos that I watched about “Alkaline Water”, these people have invented a problem that simply does not exist. They’ve marketed something to consumers that we really don’t need in our lives. The normal water that we are all drinking today sits at a neutral pH, and that’s GOOD for us.  The human body has always functioned perfectly with neutral water, and the claims that Kangen makes are totally UN-scientific.

So, if you encounter any promotions surrounding this water – makes sure to ask a few questions and get to the bottom of it!

Funny enough, if you go to the Kangen Website – they can almost suck you in enough to buy into it with all of their claims, but I think I’ll pass, for now…