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Keeping some simple, healthy snacks on hand

I cannot believe we are halfway through the first month of the new year, even as we’re busy planning for the year and creating new menus and items for the store. Our team is also looking to find alternatives for our friends looking to make healthy choices for their busy days on the go.

There are many ways to bring healthy alternatives to your diet. Part of it is planning, which can be difficult for people who are so busy. There are many nights that I am thankful I have a store with so many yummy foods to take home. Much like the mechanic’s car being the last to get serviced, the last thing I think about is what to make for dinner.

We prepare and stock our kitchen with items that are ready to go for those many busy nights, and for making lunches for the next day. Lately, there have been many vegan or gluten-free recipes. I find this sometimes scares people and they think it either has no flavour or isn’t meant for them. I choose to think of them as healthy alternatives: fewer refined sugars, ingredients that are good for you, no added preservatives and truly tasty.

If you are feeling like you need a treat, look for recipes made with apple sauce, whole grains or nuts. Don’t leave the whole pan on the counter to be devoured – I know this is a tough one. Put it in the freezer, wrapped in portions, then you have something to grab at another time of crisis. Happy cooking.

 

Sunflower and Apricot Granola Bars

 

1-3/4 cups rolled oats

2/3 cup sunflower seeds

1/3 cup wheat germ

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup dried apricots, chopped

2/3 cup local honey

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup sunflower oil

 

Place honey, sugar, and oil in a sauce pan on low. Stir consistently and heat until the sugar has dissolved;

In a large bowl place oats, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, ginger, salt and apricots. Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well so the ingredients are coated in the honey;

Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper and spoon the prepared mixture into the pan;

Bake in oven at 350 F for 25 minutes or until edges are golden, which may take longer depending on your oven; Remove from the oven and allow to cool, then cut into bars. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.

 

Fudgy Flourless Brownies

 

6oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup apple sauce

1 tsp vanilla

4 egg whites

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 cup ground almonds

 

Put butter and chocolate in a bowl, place in microwave and melt on medium heat, about 2-3 minutes;

Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites, on medium to high speed. Gradually beat in the sugar. Beat until the egg mix hits the high peaks and is glossy. Gradually fold in the chocolate with no streaks. Finish by adding in the ground almonds;

Bake in a parchment-lined 9×9 pan. Bake until both the edges and centre are firm. A toothpick will come out with some crumbs, but this is a moist brownie. Enjoy.

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