Healthy Granola Bars

 

My kids are always starving! Can you relate?

I’ve got a five year old & eight year old – both boys!! I know the time is coming when my grocery bill will be double what it is now!!

My sister gave me this recipe a while back & I make it every week – sometimes a double batch!! 😀 I put these granola bars in school lunches & my boys eat them for an after school snack.

After you let these cool break them up, put them in freezer bags & freeze. We actually really like them frozen!

HEALTHY GRANOLA BARS

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup agave syrup or honey

1 egg

2 T. vegetable oil

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

3 cups oats

1/3 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Mix peanut butter, agave syrup, egg, canola oil, vanilla, brown sugar, and salt. Then mix in oats & chocolate chips. Pour into pan & pat out evenly (it’s easier to Kay out a sheet of wax paper over the mixture to flatten it out). Bake 15-20 minutes until edges start to brown. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Store in fridge or freezer to keep them longer.

 

 

 

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Facing FAILURE

 

FAILURE

It’s a word that comes back to me again & again & again in my life. I felt failure much of my adolescence when I was overweight. I felt alone & hopeless & worthless.

My parents tried to reach out & help me but I wasn’t ready & felt defeated & embarassed. It’s hard to be a 7th grader & have your mom talk to you about weight loss & take you to a weight loss clinic. My parents were looking out for my best interest & wanted me to be healthy but it had to be on my terms.

I felt like a failure again after my first pregnancy. I had gained 40 pounds & while several friends lost all their baby weight nursing, I did not. I looked at my body & felt like I had been transported back to adolescence again. Failure. How was I ever going to lose this baby weight now that I had a new baby? Where was there time in the day to get in shape when I could hardly find five minutes to take a shower?

BUT in both these times in my life I knew I had to be the one to make healthy choices for myself. No one could do it for me. I had to make the choice to cut out junk food. I had to make the choice to carve out time every day to exercise.

I think the hardest part of making any change is starting! Isn’t it our mindset that were really up against? It’s taking that first step in deciding that today is the day I’m not going to live an unhealthy life & feel out of control anymore.

My hope is for anyone reading this to know that today you can also make that choice to change. I don’t know WHY you want to change. Maybe it’s to have more energy? Live a longer, healthier life? Look great in a swimsuit? Feel better? Sleep better? Run after & play with your kids without getting winded? Not have other people look down on you? Avoid criticism? Everyone has a WHY!!!

It’s not an easy journey but I would never want to go back to where I was!! I would never trade the confidence I have now to the times I felt like a failure & defeated.

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