Spring break has brought out the workout and health enthusiast in all of us as we try to get our beach bodies ready in time to show it off wherever we may be going. I am no different.
Not long ago, the lifestyles editor and I decided to start our own Team Fit. We have changed our diets to incorporate healthier food and work out as regularly as our schedules will allow.
I can already tell that I have more energy, and the longer I stick with it, the more I want to keep it up. It was originally only supposed to last until spring break, but we have decided to take it a step further and keep it going for the rest of the semester.
I encourage all of you to do the same thing. Why try to get fit and healthy just for spring break when you can make it a commitment that will benefit you long-term? So far, I am pleased with how its going, and if things continue to improve, which they will, I will continue this for the year.
I know eating healthy can get costly at times, and as a student, I have had to find a way to make my diet healthier without spending a lot of money. One option is more cooking at home.
I want to share a no-bake granola bar recipe. Not only is this a healthy snack that you can take with you anywhere, it is easy to make and requires minimal prep time.
Granola bars are customizable, meaning you can include whatever your heart desires. You can add your favorite dried fruit, nuts, seeds or even chocolate.
Since it is such a versatile recipe, I am going to share a plain granola bar recipe with you. This way you can learn the basics and make one that is all your own.
I would love to see what you all can come up with. I am using pecans, almond slices, shredded coconut and flax seeds.
If you are interested in sharing photos of your take on the granola bar, send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your granola bar can end up on thefamuanonline.com. Include your extra ingredients so we can share the treat with other Rattlers.
NO-BAKE GRANOLA BAR
Start to finish: 45 minutes
Servings: 16 bars
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups nuts (your choice)
6 tablespoons salted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons molasses
In a skillet, toast nuts and oats on medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant and toasted. Remove and set aside in a bowl.
In a saucepan, melt butter, light brown sugar, honey and molasses. On medium heat, stir until the mixture boils. Remove and mix dry and wet ingredients together in the bowl using a wooden spoon.
Once cool to the touch, spoon mixture into a baking pan lined with plastic wrap. Press the mixture into the pan with the back of the spoon. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes so they can firm up.
Remove from pan and plastic and slice into bars.