Power Up

Today’s topic is all about snacking, but as simple as that subject is, I feel the unnecessary need to give lots of backstory. First, we snack a LOT.  My husband feels that the kids and I nosh continuously all day and he is most likely right.  We are constantly on the move and rarely make the opportunity to sit down for three square a day. In between breakfast and dinner we average 16 snacks a day between us.  Seriously.

My challenge is making sure that those snacks are relatively healthy but still kid approved.  I have done the whole Pinterest route and seen the marvelous snacks other moms make- making all manner of creatures using fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, pretzels, etc.  I mean, who comes up with this stuff?!  My reality is that taking ten or more minutes to create fantastical snacks 4-5 times days equates to almost an hour of time I don’t have to spare.

I found an awesome addition to our snacking repertoire the other day while relaxing   Lake side. Behold, an easy energy bar recipe from the free Canadian magazine, Food & Drink.

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This magazine is produce by the LCBO- Liquor Control Board of Ontario- and it is chock full of awesome recipes.  When a family friend brings down a stack each visit it’s like Christmas.  The energy bar recipe was in the Spring 2017 edition, was super easy to make and can be found here.

I dehyrdrated my own apples since  I had some on hand that were too mealy to be good eating.  I also added a mixed bag of nuts that included pistachios, almonds, and walnuts as opposed to just the pecans the recipe called for. I do declare that this is one of the few times that my attempt looks better than the recipe photo!

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My five years old daughter practically made these herself, they were so easy. The best part?  They are delicious, great on the go, and my kids love them.  A win all around!

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