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HEALTHY 5-INGREDIENT GRANOLA BARS Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 5 mins. Total time: 15 mins

Author: Minimalist Baker (www.minimalistbaker.com) Serves: 10 bars

INGREDIENTS 1 cup packed dates, pitted (deglet nour or medjool) 1/4 cup honey (or sub maple syrup or agave for vegan option) 1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter Substitute 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten free for GF eaters) optional additions: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, vanilla, etc.

INSTRUCTIONS Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency. (mine rolled into a ball)

Optional step: Toast your oats in a 350 degree oven for 15-ish minutes or until slightly golden brown. Otherwise, leave them raw – I just prefer the toasted flavor. Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl – set aside.

Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.

Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8×8 dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily. (A loaf pan might work, but will yield thicker bars.)

Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.

Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days.

SPIRIT BOOSTING NUTRIENTS #3 & #4

IRON

  • Aids in muscle strength by carrying oxygen
  • Iron deficiency can cause an individual to experience fatigue and depression
  • Women are at a higher risk for iron deficiency than men
  • RDA: 18mg per day for women; 8mg per day for men

ACTIONS TO TAKE:

  • Jump start your morning with oatmeal for 11mg of iron!!!
  • Enjoy a side of Edamame with your sushi. 1 cup of Soybeans has almost 9mg of iron!
  • Keep Warm at Lunch with Lentil Soup!  1 cup of Lentil Soup provides 7mg of iron. 
  • Don’t shy away from Beef!  A 5oz filet contains 6mg of iron! 

 

MAGNESIUM

  • Did you know magnesium can play over 300 roles in the body?!
  • Magnesium deficiency can cause an individual to feel fatigue, irritable, mentally confused, and unable to tolerate stress
  • Magnesium plays a large role in developing serotonin which leads to feelings of happiness
  • RDA: 300mg per day for women; 400mg per day for men

ACTIONS TO TAKE:

  • Top your morning cereal with sliced almonds!  2 Tbsp Sliced Almonds provides almost 80mg of magnesium
  • Add fresh spinach to your favorite vegetable soup recipe.  ½ cup spinach provides 80mg of magnesium
  • Try Cashew Butter as part of your afternoon snack!  Did you know 1/8 cup of cashews provides 75mg of magnesium?!
  • Peanuts are Packed with Magnesium!! ¼ cup provides 65mg of magnesium!!!

 

STOP LOOKING TO CAFFEINE AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO GIVE YOU ENERGY!  BE MINDFUL & AWARE OF THE POWER IN YOUR FOODS!!!  

Putting Pumpkin Seeds on the Plate

The first step of cooking pumpkin seeds, is to rinse the seeds well under  running water in    order to lose the pumpkin flesh flavor. Once the seeds are clean, use a damp dish towel to blot the seeds dry.  After drying the seeds,  sprinkle them with the herbs of your choice and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.  For even cooking while in the oven, it is best to turn the seeds every 10 minutes. Also feel free to experiment with your favorite flavors such as cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or Italian herb mix for example.  If you prefer your seeds to have a salty flavor, consider boiling your seeds in salted water.

Pumpkin Seed Serving Tips

  • Add crunch to your vegetables by adding pumpkin seeds
  • Add flavor to your salad by sprinkling candied pumpkin seeds on top of your mixed green salad

Candied Pumpkin Seeds:  Recipe From www.tasteofhome.com

  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Spread into a greased foil-lined 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 250° for 45-50 minutes or until seeds are well-glazed, stirring occasionally. Cool completely; break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 1 cup.

  • Whole Foods offered this great tip: Grind pumpkin seeds with fresh garlic, parsley and cilantro leaves. Mix with olive oil and lemon juice for a tasty salad dressing.
  • Make your morning oatmeal standout by adding canned pumpkin and chopped pumpkin seeds.  Pumpkin seeds are also a great addition to your favorite cold cereal.
  • Add pumpkin seeds to your homemade granola.  Don’t have time to cook?! Pick up Back to Nature’s Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed Granola at your local grocery store!
  • To give your burgers more texture, add ground pumpkin seeds
  • Add kick to your afternoon snack by packing Spicy Pumpkin Seeds in your lunch bag! (Following Recipe is from All Recipes)

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds -  Recipe From www.allrecipes.com

  • 2 cups pumpkin seeds, rinsed and dried
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 drops hot pepper sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a baking pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Stir together the pumpkin seeds and butter in a bowl. Add the salt, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce; stir. Spread the seeds in a single layer on the baking pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until crispy, about 45 minutes.

Wanting to know more? Check out this link which will provide  More Pumpkin Seed Information