Every Monday should be a holiday. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself!
Can you believe we’re nearing the end of August? As tourists head home, kids go back to school, and beach days slip away, I’m going to hold onto summer as long as I can! I love meal prepping, but completely slack during the summer months due to more fun activities – insert: happy hour on the deck, paddle boarding, beaching, laughing with friends. I totally can’t be alone on this! However, making healthy snacks to bring to work is a priority on my list. These granola bars have been a favorite for a long time and I’m always switching up the recipe with various ingredients. They are easy, delicious, sweet enough, and not filled with additives, chemicals, artificial sweeteners, food coloring, or high-fructose corn syrup. Mother, boyfriend, and child approved!
Healthy Granola Bars
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 pan. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, honey and 1 egg. Make a little well in the middle of the dry ingredients to pour the wet mixture into. Mix together until well combined. This will be a bit sticky!.. but delicious if you accidentally taste test 😉
Spoon mixture into the prepared pan, spreading evenly. You may need to wet your fingers or spatula to help pat down the mixture.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit for at least 30 minutes before cutting into. If you cut into them right away, they will be too soft and break. With homemade and lower-sugar granola bars, shapes vary! I get around 16 small bars out of these every time. I like to store mine in the fridge or even the freezer. You may notice chia seeds in the granola bar picture above – only because I ran out of hemp seeds that day. Unless you want to walk around with floss, I recommend hemp seeds only!
CHEERS to grab and go snacks!
… Starting the week off with some gratitude helps put things in perspective on Monday. Take a moment with the quote below and I think you’ll agree!
CHEERS to a positive Monday!
When you have a limitless basil plant sitting on the porch, you may as well make pesto every week! However, a daily dose of cheesey dairy does nothing for me. I love my goat cheese, Gouda cheese, caprese salad… BUT for me, I’d rather focus on plant based foods for fuel with hints of animal sources along the way.
I browsed various vegan pesto recipes on Pinterest, but wasn’t satisfied. I had requirements of cashews and nutritional yeast yet couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. I got creative and decided to come up with my own go-to plant based pesto with all the goods in my kitchen!
Vegan Basil Pesto
What the heck is a soaked cashew? Well? We aren’t making cashew butter! Add 1/2 cup cashews to a jar or bowl and cover with water. Leave tightly sealed at room temperature for 4-8 hours. Then drain the water out and rinse cashews thoroughly. The cashews will be soft and ready for easier blending!
Add all ingredients, including cashews, to food processor. Keep processing until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. I always add a splash of water to thin out the pesto and get it to a creamier consistency – juuust a splash!
Taste test, duh. And keep in the fridge. The pesto is delicious as a sandwich spread, over noodles, mixed in sautéed veggies… Anything you can think of! Keep in the fridge for 5 days. Mine is always gone well before that 🙂
CHEERS to fresh summer herbs!
WELCOME BACK! To both you and me. It’s been a while since March.. how have you been?! I’d hate to use the word “busy” so I’ll have to say as much as I wanted to write, share recipes, talk about fitness and grow my blog – I had to step back and focus my efforts in other areas of life. And sometimes that happens! Within that time I’ve gotten a promotion at work, completed my certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and even traveled to Hawaii with my love. I haven’t stopped reading other blogs and I feel so inspired to write and satisfy my passions for health and fitness right here with ya!
Starting each week with a positive quote or thought is a game changer for me. I’m going to continue that every Monday, so you can join in too.
Powerful quote above, huh? I think this one’s a biggie no matter where you’re at in life. In different situations, offices, social gatherings, family events, sports teams, etc… You may catch yourself giving power over to someone or something else. When you take a step back and think about it, there’s just no use in worrying about someone else’s behavior or the outcome of a particular situation. We have zero control over that! All we can do is focus on our own thoughts, actions, and feelings. No one else can rain on your parade unless you give them the power to do so.
So, let’s head into Monday strong and ready to take it all on!
CHEERS to taking our power back!