Clean Eating No Bake Oatmeal Granola Bars

Yes, you read that title right. Clean Eating No Bake Oatmeal Granola Bars. Whenever I see the words No Bake I automatically think it’s going to taste like mud. Really, though, most no bake things come out like big, sludge messes. This one is easy and tastes like heaven in bar form. The nice part about it is you can add other items or change out things and it still tastes great.

The most important part of this one is to do the dry stuff in a bowl and then warm up the wet items. The coconut oil is key because when it gets below 75 degrees, it hardens. Once this gets to room temperature, it does begin to lose its shape a bit. According to the original recipe, you have to put it into the fridge. I find that putting it in the freezer is better; the bar stays in its shape and it softens when you take a bite. I want to try it out with walnuts or pecans. It would probably taste fantastic with the almond butter.

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I pour them into a foil pan and freeze them. Then I cut them down into small cubes. They have just enough sweet and bitterness in each cube to enjoy!

For those following Weight Watchers, these are about 6 Smart Points for the size that I make them.

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Source: http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-oatmeal-granola-bars/

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Kitchen/Pantry Staples

If you had asked me a month ago what my grocery store staples were, the list would have been very different to what it is now. I have always eaten pretty healthily… or so I thought. Did you know that when you eat fat free items, often times there is a lot of added sugar in the item to make it taste better? Apparently, when ingredients are listed, they are listed by weight… so that means that if sugar is the second or third ingredient, there’s a whole lot of it in the item you’re eating. Ewww. I switched to clean eating 3 and a half weeks ago and I haven’t looked back.

Clean eating is many different things to different people. I buy items that (when packaged) only have 6 ingredients or less. This can prove difficult at times, but it’s totally worth it. I feel better, I’m less bloated, and I am losing weight. My body knows how to process everything in the items that I’m eating. That’s not how it works if I eat something with Yellow Number 5.

Back to the staples. My new list of staples would be something like this:

Fresh vegetables, fruit, almond butter, honey, old fashioned oats, coconut oil, greek yogurt, quinoa, whole milk cheese and sour cream…….. the list goes on. My previous “healthy” list would have included the fruits and veggies, but also had fiber bars, Special K bars, and reduced fat and 100 Calorie pack everything. How times have changed… Keep watching for my next post about my favorite granola bar recipe!

30 Minute Chicken and Cauliflower Yellow Curry

Edit: I don’t normally cook. In fact, I have been known to burn soup. But this transition to clean eating has lit a fire under me. I have been in a cooking frenzy and I love it. Things that I wouldn’t dare try to make taste even better than the prepackaged thing.

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This recipe is amazing! I’ve been making the same thing for the past few weeks. I spend all morning on Sunday making my menu for the week and prepping/cooking everything. I found this website and the curry looked like a great option to throw into the mix of my weekly menu. Well, let me tell you, this tastes just great!  I love that it’s all natural and clean ingredients. Coconut milk, honey, turmeric, veggies, and it tastes like the real deal. On Weight Watchers, it’s 10 Smart Points for a cup, but whoa! Totally worth it! Try it for yourself!IMG_6785

 

Source: http://ifoodreal.com/30-minute-chicken-and-cauliflower-yellow-curry-recipe/

Clean Eating – An Introduction 

I’ve yo yo dieted for many years. Up again, down again, up again, down again, up, up, up. This year, I decided to change my focus. Instead of focusing on losing weight, I would focus on changing my diet. For good. I read tons of blogs and began to redesign what my diet would look like. I had to find something that I could keep up with in the long run. I came across the clean eating frenzy while checking out a few websites on Pinterest. The concept makes sense to me. I’ve been slowly starting to cook more often. Whenever I make things, I get asked, “why don’t you make a food blog?” Well, ladies and gentlemen, here it is! This blog will be looking at my journey into the world of clean eating… It all started three weeks ago.
Side Note: I’m also doing Weight Watchers while clean eating. I’m hoping that it will help me lose weight through this transition and beyond. Stay tuned for more! Pictures and reviews to come!