Recipe: Kid-Friendly Protein Power Bars

YIELDS: 12 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup nut butter (almond, sunflower seed or peanut)
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

PREPARATION:

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How to Understand and Conquer Our Sugar Demons

by Melanie J. Stewart

sugar demonsSugar is everywhere. We love it, we crave it and we know it’s not good for us. But what alternatives are there, and how do we curb our cravings?

According to the American Heart Association, the average American consumes 22.2 teaspoons of added sugar on a daily basis, which is more than twice the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s daily recommendation of 5 to 9 teaspoons. Increasing almost annually since 1982, our rate of consumption comes primarily from the added sugars in popular soft drinks and processed junk food.
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Mood-Boosting Foods

by Melanie Stewart

Sugar may satisfy the sweet tooth and provide a pick-me-up or a quick boost to get going. However, other foods with more nutrition can help minimize feeling down in the dumps long after the sugar high wears off.
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