Monday, April 20, 2009

My experience with making granola bars

If you've been reading my blog, you know that I am making changes in my eating habits. So I've increased my water intake and am making better choices of snacks. Another area that I'm working to improve is my kids eating habits. None of us are really breakfast eaters. I don't usually eat breakfast, so I haven't encouraged my kids to eat breakfast. But that is changing.

I went grocery shopping on Saturday and got Cheerios and frozen waffles for the boys to eat. Sunday, I just made the waffles, put them on the table and told the boys it was time for breakfast. They sat down and ate the waffles, then some watermelon. And actually enjoyed it. We had a nice relaxing lunch too at Nana's. They had a snack later, then ate supper. Eating meals was not a hassle for me. And when I told the boys they had to wait for pudding until their snack time, they accepted it and went back to their playing. Having menus planned and snacks planned has helped me a lot in this.

So as I'm taking a shower later, I realize that I've been a mother for almost 5 years and I'm finally getting it!

For me, I wanted to find something that I could eat that was healthy but would not require a lot of preparation. So I decided to make granola bars. I chose "Best Granola Bars" out of Tosca Reno's book The Eat-Clean Diet for Family and Kids. First, I needed to buy the ingredients. I spent 1 1/2 hours in Publix on Saturday mainly because I was looking for these ingredients and I wasn't sure of what I was looking for or where they would be. I found everything I needed in Publix - some in the diet section and the rest in the organic food section. You can also buy the oats, muesli, nuts and protein powder at health food stores.

I made the granola bars Sunday morning and found it quite easy. I let them cool while I was at church. When I got home I cut them into 1" x 4" bars and stored them in snack Ziploc bags. I put half of them in the freezer for later. My husband and I actually like them and I know I'll make them again and again.

Weight loss update - I have lost some weight. But I'm not sure how much. I've used 2 different scales. Soon, I'll get an accurate number and may or may not tell you. :) On one blog that I follow, the writer actually has a ticker showing her weight loss. I don't think I'll go that far as I'm embarrassed to let the world know my numbers.

Here is a pictorial of the finished product and of my attempt to be creative in food pictures. Enjoy!


Christy said...

I think these granola bars look yummy. I haven't tried my hand at this yet, but with your recipe I just might. I hope you are doing well. Congrats on the weight loss. Keep it up. :)

Mary said...

Lee thought they were too dry, so next batch, I'm going to double the fruit.

Andy's Bethy said...

Those look fabulous! Being diabetic, I bake fairly healthy already. Those look like something I could add without too many changes. Thanks for posting the recipe, and the idea. I will have to give them a try!
By the way, my Mom and I are doing a water aerobics class and it is wonderful. I don't know what you are doing for exercise, but water aerobics has been a great workout, while still gentle on the knees and joints.

Tami said...

you go girl!! proud of you!

Mary said...

So I did double the fruit in the next batch. We enjoyed them and they were not as dry as the first batch was. Let me know if you've tried these too.

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