The Latest Recipe: Fruit & Nut Bars
With added protein and omega-3's, with nuts and fiber from the dried fruit, these bars are a healthy alternative when
you are craving something sweet!
1/3 cup flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 cups dried fruit (use a mix - apricots, dates, raisins, cherries)
1 1/2 cups dry roasted nuts (again, mix it up)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
How to make it
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 8-by-8" baking pan with parchment paper, or coat with non-stick spray.
Coarsely chop fruit and nuts until most pieces are relatively uniform in size. Set aside.
Whisk flour, baking soda and baking powder together in a large bowl until evenly combined. Add sugar, fruit and nuts and mix to coat
all fruit and nuts with the flour mixture.
In a separate bowl, beat egg with vanilla until frothy and thick - about 2 minutes.
Stir egg into flour mixture until evenly mixed.
Spread mixture into prepared pan, using a spatula to smooth out the top.
Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
The Move of the Month
"Good Morning Stretch"
Stand facing a counter or table and place the hands shoulder width apart on the surface. Shift the legs back a body's length away and separate the feet into a wide stance. Begin lowering the chest thru the arms, creating a LONG, flat back. Keep the head in line w/the spine. Keep the weight shifted into the heels while tipping the tailbone up and back and pressing the hands firmly onto the surface. Hold and breathe as you observe the sensations for 4 or 5 slow breaths. Now, w/straight legs, shift the hips slowly from L to R a few times - enjoying the stretch into the out bands of the legs. Finally, center the hips and slowly lift the chest to arrive in the upright position.