The holiday season is here! Crisp weather, cozy sweaters, family gatherings, shopping excursions, parties, endless errands… and the list goes on. It is a busy time of year and when we are so busy we sometimes forget to properly nourish ourselves. Either we skip a meal or we grab whatever is convenient but not necessarily healthy.
This in turn can make us hangry, feel yucky, and zap our energy.
It is important during these busy times (and every day!) to fuel our body well so we can keep going strong and vibrantly through life. The Juicery is a great place for convenient, quick and nourishing foods such as smoothies, energy bars, and chef made To Go foods.
A suggestion to prepare your own meals and snacks for the busy week is to hit the grocery store Sunday afternoon and enjoy kitchen time in the evening.
Prep all your veggies so they are ready to go. Make a big pot of chili or soup and freeze in individual serving containers for grab-and-go food. Cook some rice, quinoa and/or oatmeal and have it ready to simply heat up over the next 5 days. Make healthy grab and go snacks like trail mix, granola bites, and energy bars.
It takes a little time to prep, but your body, mind and spirit will thank you when you are running around during the week and now have healthy food, drinks and snacks to enjoy.
Life gets busy and the holidays are a magical time so remember to take care of yourself so you can fully enjoy the beauty of this season.
Here is a simple, easy, kid friendly snack bar that will last a few weeks.
👉🏻 Maple Cinnamon Granola Bars – makes 24 bars
1 cup maple syrup
2/3 cup expeller pressed canola oil
3/4 tsp sea salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup oat flour (grind whole oats in a food processor to make flour)
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Optional chocolate chips
In a medium bowl mix maple syrup, canola oil, salt, cinnamon, and oat flour. Add the oats, sunflower seeds and coconut and mix until evenly coated and thoroughly combined. Spread the mix into a parchment paper lined or greased 9×13 pan and press firmly and evenly down. Pack the mix down tight with spatula.
Bake at 325 degrees about 22-28 minutes or until golden and looking crisp.
LET COOL FOR 5-10 MINUTES THEN CUT INTO BARS! THIS IS IMPORTANT for the bars to stay in tact and not crumble. Once cut, let cool thoroughly.
If you want, you can melt about 1 cup of chocolate chips and then drizzle it onto the cooled bars. Place in fridge to firm up chocolate for about 10 min.
Place bars in aluminum foil, ToGo containers, or in reusable baggies and always have a hearty snack on hand!
Looking for some additional recipes from our Juicery Chef, Stacey? Check out these: