I’ll admit it, I love KIND bars. Honestly, I love to snack, but I try to avoid eating junk. However, KIND bars can get pricy, especially when you eat a lot of them. I bought a whole big box of them at Costco, but I ended up eating the entire box of 18 bars in one week. No lie. Then I found a recipe for homemade KIND bars here and made a batch of the dark chocolate sea salt variety. They were a big hit.
The first attempt, before I cut them into bars.
FOR NUT MIXTURE:
2 cups whole roasted* unsalted almonds
3/4 cup whole roasted* unsalted peanuts
3/4 cup roasted* walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup puffed millet, rice (or other puffed whole grain; or crispy brown rice cereal)
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1/2 cup honey**
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
3/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla
FOR CHOCOLATE DRIZZLES:
1 cup dark chocolate chips**
1 tablespoon vegetable, grapeseed, or coconut oil
Grease/spray large bowl, 9×13 baking sheet/pan, wooden spoon or rubber spatula, and bottom of drinking glass. Set aside.
*IF NUTS AREN’T ALREADY ROASTED:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts on large baking sheet and bake for 10 min. until lightly toasted and fragrant.
Add toasted nuts to large bowl. Add puffed rice/millet and flaxseed meal. Stir to combine; set aside.
In 1-1/2 or 2 quart saucepan, combine honey, rice syrup, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and vanilla over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture reaches 260 degrees (hard ball stage) on a candy thermometer. Immediately, pour mixture over nut mixture, stir until evenly coated. Quickly transfer to greased/sprayed 9×13 pan, use hands to spread mixture evenly in pan; press the mixture to close in holes and distribute evenly all over the pan. Using bottom of greased/sprayed drinking glass to tap and compact mixture in pan. Sprinkle top with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Let cool 20 minutes. While still slightly warm, invert pan on cutting board and tap until mixture falls out in one piece. Cut into 20 bars. (If they cool too much and become too hard or brittle to cut easily, put in warm oven for 1-2 minutes to soften; proceed with cutting.) Allow bars to cool completely before proceeding with chocolate drizzles.
recipe via The Yummy Life
Well, that’s one way to do it! 😉
My new find of the week is the great app, Rock My Run.
I absolutely must have music when I’m working out. It keeps me focused and helps me squeeze out one more rep. I forgot my headphones in my gym bag the other day and it just wasn’t the same. I usually listen to custom playlists that I’ve created on Spotify. Spotify is an excellent app, and I have playlists for workouts, relaxation, to wake up, etc. But my workout playlist was getting a little stale, so I was thrilled when I found Rock My Run. Rock My Run is a unique workout music app that combines high energy mixes specifically designed for people working out to make workouts more enjoyable. What’s not to love about that?
The app is available for iOS and Android. I like that you can download the mixes to play when you don’t have a wifi signal. After just a few days of using the app, I liked it do much that I went ahead and bought a premium membership. However, there are plenty of mixes for non-premium users too. There are a ton of custom mixes made my professional DJs that have perfected the art of keeping a steady flow of Beats Per Minute. Not only do these mixes have some kick-ass songs, but they flow together very well and keep you pumped up to fuel you through you workout/ride/run.
You can choose mixes that include genres such as Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, Rock, House, 80’s 90’s, Reggae, Latin, Country, and you can even search by your favorite artist, song, DJ, etc. You can also search by BPM if you have a certain pace/cadence you wish to maintain. If you’re a premium member like me, you can utilize the MyBeat function. MyBeat manual allows you to adjust any RockMyRun mix so that the music better matches your pace or effort level. MyBeat MatchMe uses data from the accelerometer in your smartphone to calculate your steps per minute, and continually adjust the mix tempo. I haven’t played around with that feature much yet, but I’ll update when I do. Continue reading
There’s the silence that means I’m so comfortable that I don’t feel the need to fill the moment with noise, and there’s the above-referenced silence. There’s little opportunity to confuse the two.
I know that many people here in the U.S. don’t really care much about about the FIFA World Cup, or “soccer” much, for that matter. Why we insist upon calling it soccer when it’s football in the rest of the world is beyond me. Anyhow…
I don’t know what it is about chiseled pro fútbol players and underwear ads, but I wholeheartedly approve.
In case you didn’t know, this is Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
There, isn’t The World Cup a lot more interesting now? 😉 You’re welcome. But seriously, if you’ve never watched pro football (not the American kind) you should give it a try.
“Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.” ~ Henri Frederic Amiel
Travel this dark journey with me.
Today is the winter solstice. The longest night/shortest day of the year(depending upon how you look at it). It’s the polar opposite of my favorite day of the year, the summer solstice, June 21st. Warm vs. cold. Light vs. dark. For so many years, I dreaded this season. I fought it. I dreaded the darkness, yet the darkness still arrived.
I’ve learned to embrace the darkness now, both in the season, and within me. I see both sides now, and that’s just fine. It’s there, whether I acknowledge it or not.
I can use this time to focus inward. To think, heal, grow in ways that isn’t always possible in the light. There are fewer distractions and temptations this time of year. It’s oh-so-easy for me to be seduced by the lure of sunshine and a warm breeze blowing over my bare skin. The darkness makes me appreciate the light when it does come, and it is coming. More and more with each passing day.
I pinned this image on my Pinterest boards this morning. At last count, some 200 people re pinned it. That’s a lot of wishes for happy making.
I was out and about today running errands. The vast majority of people were harried and grumpy. For being the “happiest time of the year”, there are a lot of people out there acting quite unhappy. The local schools are closed this week. I overheard several parents actually complaining about their kids being at home. I just don’t get that. Let me see, you want kids, but you don’t want to spend any time with them? And then there was the woman buying a huge basket full of food, bemoaning about all the cooking she has to do. Finally, the man bitching about the time he has to spend “with all of his annoying family” over the holiday.
When did we become a society of whiny, bitching complainers? I’d like to see more gratitude. I’m not talking about those god-awful “today I’m thankful for” posts on Facebook. Those are just words. And words without actions to back it up are meaningless. Take those grateful thoughts and put them into action. Start small. Appreciate what you have. Tell those around you that you value and appreciate them. You may think they know, but it means so much to actually hear it. Give thanks. My friends, thank you for reading this. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Some of you I’ve been blessed to meet, and others I haven’t…yet.
We all have the power to make someone happy.