Any attempt at healthy eating has certain times that are more likely to lead to temptation than others.
Whether your weakness arises at social gatherings (yep for me), when you eat out (another yes), or if you are tempted by desserts, that sugar hit at 3pm, or just when you are starving and there is no other option (hmmm… yes!), some days are harder than others when it comes to sticking to health goals.
I was caught out a couple of times last week, eating something super unhealthy because i hadn’t planned ahead or thought of an alternative option. The best thing I have found for avoiding temptation is to remove those reasons listed earlier. Take a healthy lunch if you know you will be away from home and have guilt free snacks available for when the sugar craving hits.
Ever since making the raw brownie balls, i have been considering making my own muesli bars. I figured that then at least I know exactly what is in them, as well as having the satisfaction of making something from scratch.
Though I based the ingredients on Anja’s Food for Thought – Nutty Fruit Bars I didn’t follow the recipe precisely, really just threw the ingredients I had together.
I used a small square cake tin but feel free to upscale and make modifications as you see fit.
1/2 cup dried dates, chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
Soaked in the juice of one orange and a quarter cup of water.
Get the dates and apricots soaking in the orange juice/water mixture. Line a tine with baking paper. Set your oven to 180 degrees C. Add oats, coconut and assorted nuts and seeds to the tin until it is around half full.
Whiz the date, apricot, orange mixture in a food processor until it is a thick but still pourable paste. Pour nuts and seeds into a bowl and mixed with paste thoroughly before transferring back to the cake tin. Score/cut into bite sized pieces as much as you can at this point. (or try Anja’s method which seems like it would work a lot better!)
Bake for around 10 min, checking frequently, until the top becomes golden. Leave to cool completely and finish cutting into pieces.
Like the brownie balls, these are amazing straight out of the freezer. Even with them being ‘guilt free’, i have been trying to limit my consumption as they are still full of natural sugars. Very hard though considering they are so delicious – we have finished the whole tray already!
I would love to hear any of your strategies for sticking to a healthy eating plan, or healthy snack options that really satisfy that craving.
Photos from: my camera
Recipe from: Anja’s food for thought