2015 is here- where did the time go?
It's been mmmm 8 months since I've written a post- I'd say I'm long over due.
A lot has happened in those past 8 months.
The most important one being the birth of our daughter Ava who is 6 months today!
It's crazy how fast the time goes by.
One of the things I promised myself before Ava was born was that I'm going to try my hardest to be the healthiest and fittest I could be, not only for myself but for her. So once she was born I made some changes to my diet and exercise regimen. I limited my sugar intake, avoiding processed foods, along with incorporating kettlebell workouts (short circuit training) while she napped. The weight fell off. I've lost all of my pregnancy weight plus 22lbs. 52lbs total. I'm sure some of that had to do with the fact that I'm nursing but I'm happy with my progress thus far. I'm still shooting for another 20lbs so I'll be back down to my weight in college. Baby steps people.
I'll admit I'm a sucker for granola bars. A lot of the stuff that are on shelves are full of processed crap and as much sugar as a candy bar, so I decided to make my own. Now that I'm back at work these are SUPER convenient to just grab as a snack and go. PLUS they are SUPER easy to make.
**Apologies for the iPhone photos- this mama got lazy. :)
Chocolate Coconut Chia Granola Bites (makes about 16 bites)
**Adapted from Minimalist Baker **
- 1 1/2c organic rolled oats
- 1c pitted medjool dates
- 1c unsalted toasted almonds chopped
- 1/4c natural peanut butter (I used Earth Balance with flaxseed)
- 1/4c local honey
- 1tsp chia seeds
- 1/8c unsweetened coconut
- 1/4c bittersweet chocolate chips
- (Optional) Preheat oven to 350. Place oats on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 10 minutes. Set aside.
- Place dates in a food processor and puree until smooth. Place mixture into a large bowl.
- Combine peanut butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl and heat until you are able to easily mix/ combine the two (30 seconds- 1 minute).
- In the large bowl with the date puree, add oats, peanut butter/honey mixture, almonds, chia seeds, coconut, and chocolate. Mix to combine until all ingredients are incorporated. **The chocolate will melt due to the honey/peanut butter mixture and warm oats if you toasted them.
- Grease an 8x8 baking dish with coconut oil. Place the oat mixture into the baking dish pressing down to take place of the pan.
- Refrigerate for about 1 hour
- Remove pan from the fridge and slice into desired bites.
Cheers to a healthy 2015!