I’m coming up on my one year anniversary or epiphany that changed the way I was eating. It was last November. I had put on a ten extra pounds and basically was disgusted with how I felt. I worked out 6 days a week – running, weights, spinning, cardio – you name it! Then one day it all changed. It all came into focus and I realized that it wasn’t my effort that needed to change it was my diet. In particular, how much I was eating. You know, snacking here or there. Walk by and grab this or that. I started to keep track and I have to admit, I was flabbergasted. I just changed. I was tired of it. I had lost 20 lbs two summers prior and I knew I just wanted a change. I was also sick of hearing how when you turn 40 it’s all over. If you know me well… I don’t take well to accepting things that I can change. I don’t roll over and play dead easily. I’m a fighter by nature and this was not going to knock me down.
So one year, here I sit. I’m now a vegetarian for the past 7 months. I’m down 30 lbs total. I run about 1.5 minutes faster than I did before. I feel awesome. I’ve discovered through my evolution the friends who support me and those who sadly don’t. I’ve inspired people so that they can do the same and receive hundreds of emails that inspire me to continue from fans of my page. It’s a cycle… pay it forward. Pay your energy forward. Pay you knowledge forward. Build up and don’t tear down! That’s the whole gist of my blogging. Inspire others to do good, eat good and pay it forward.
Okay now off my soapbox (for now). So here sits this granola bar. Doesn’t look more special than any other granola bar out there I’m sure. But when I created this granola bar I strived to make it as healthy and clean as possible. Packed with tons of vitamins and minerals. Great for recovery after a walk, a run or a workout. It can be made vegan or simply vegetarian. It’s packed with goodness. No preservatives. No ingredients that you can’t pronounce or let alone be able to identify like the store bought counterparts. It’s also gluten free. Even the crumbles that break off the bars when slicing can be stored and used to top yogurt or eat straight up. Okay enough… time to move onto the recipe.
— Knead to Cook