I like to think that I approach my diet with a realistic mindset.  I know that I am not always going to eat perfectly and that I am going to overindulge from time to time.  But as I eat my way through each day, I try to at least be conscious of what I am putting into my body.  I try to think about how many fresh fruits and veggies I have consumed (and I never feel like it is enough).  I try to ask myself what nourishment my meal or snack is providing my body.  Obviously, I eat a fair amount of sweets.  But for the most part, I try to sample my baked goods and then share the majority of them with others.  I do not believe in deprivation as I think it only leads to binging at a later time.  When I am baking and cooking, I try to make healthy swaps whenever possible.  Olive oil instead of butter.  Skim milk instead of whole.  Higher protein snacks that will keep me full longer rather than options high in carbohydrates.  To me, it is the small decisions that we consciously make everyday that contribute to a healthy diet and good living.

That is very much the approach I took with these granola bars.  I value a snack that is easy to grab, satisfying to eat and that I can feel good about eating.  And these fit the ticket perfectly.

I know, what’s not to love right?  Peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chips.  And since they are sweetened with agave and just a small amount of brown sugar and held together with coconut oil you can feel pretty good about eating these for breakfast, a snack or an afterwork treat.  What I really love about these granola bars is that they stay soft, chewy and scrumptious for several days.  And the very best part is, they are super easy and only require 15 minutes in the oven!  A snack you can feel good about and prepare quickly contributes to a healthy lifestyle and is good living to me.

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 prepare baking pan

combine peanut butter, coconut oil, agave and brown sugar in saucepan

once the mixture has melted together, pour over oats and wheat germ and stir to coat

fold in chocolate chips, pour into prepared pan and sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over the top

bake, cool and refrigerate for ease of cutting

What things in your daily life contribute to “good living” through a positive and healthy lifestyle?

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4 Comments ( Reply )

  1. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    Love this ingredient list! I think I’ll make some once I have the ingredients, our kitchen staples are still lacking!


    • Mercedes
      Nov 10, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

      Thanks Em! I think you will like them a lot! Let me know when you try them!


  2. Anna @ hiddenponies
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

    These look delicious! I totally agree with everything you said about healthy living too – all things in moderation, except those fruits and veggies 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Jan 05, 2012 @ 9:07 am

      These granola bars are truly a delicious snack you can feel good about. And I loved them because they stayed chewy as long as I could keep them around!


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