I originally posted this on my other blog, http://spiralway.blogspot.com
Thought those of you who follow me here might enjoy the article. Sorry it has been so long since I posted here. Perhaps this winter I will get back to writing about my Urban Plot. Enjoy!
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." ~Hippocrates
It has been a long journey to cut out processed food from my family's diet, but these days we rarely give in to convenience foods. I find that if I keep plenty of healthy handy snacks available, it is easier to avoid grabbing just whatever! Making homemade granola snack bars is fast becoming a weekly activity for me. These bars make a great grab-and-go breakfast or snack. I especially love knowing exactly what is in them. I find that making food from scratch is empowering! Cutting out the processed, convience foods and making things from scratch with good quality food stuff is the best way to take charge of your healht. Knowing what you are putting in your body is the first step. You truly are what you eat!
Here is my granola snack bar recipe.The time involved in making these bars is minimal and does not require baking. It is a flexible enough recipe that you can adjust to suit your taste and diet requirements. Makes a thick dense snack bar that is filling and satisfying. Enjoy!
Power Packed Snack Bars 4 cups of "good stuff" (nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut, oats, grains, etc) 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/3 - 1/2 cup honey or molasses or mixture 1/3 - 1/2 cup nut butter (sunflower, almond, peanut, cashew or sesame) 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted nuts or seeds) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I also add some adaptogen and immune boosting powdered herbs 1/2 tsp)
Mix nut butter, coconut oil, and honey in a pan. Warm on medium heat until melted. Add vanilla, cinnamon, salt, cinnamon and herbs. Stir until mixed well. Remove from heat and stir in the "good stuff" by the cupful and mix well. If using chocolate chips mix in at the end once the mixture cools a bit. Press into an 8" x 8" pan, lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars or squares. Store in the fridge. They will become softer at room temperature. The "good stuff" in my most recent batch is dried apricots, dates, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, currants, pumpkin seeds, granola, coconut. Yum!
Sometimes the most radical step you can take is a step backwards. ~unknown
AN URBAN PLOT or how to grow food and change the world one city lot at a time.
Chronicles one gardener's quest to produce organic food for her family, the adventures of a new way of thinking about lawns and yards, and an exploration of urban self-sufficiency and homesteading in the city.
I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large Garden. ~Abraham Cowley, The Garden, 1666
The destiny of countries depends on the way they feed themselves. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 19th century French gastronome-philosopher
To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds and watch their renewal of life - this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do. ~Charles Dudley Warner, author, editor, publisher (1829 - 1900)
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank
You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt. ~Author Unknown
Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. ~Lindley Karstens