This is an amazing, and amazingly healthy, energy bar. The recipe comes from The Community Co-Op, and you can't beat its combo of dried fruit, nuts and chocolate. This is a great way to get the benefit of nutrition packed nuts and seeds. Thanks Margot!
Margot’s Magic Energy Bars
1. Warm the honey in a large soup pot.
2. Add the chopped dates and simmer to soften the dates. Never let the honey boil!
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix into a thick batter.
4. Scoop the batter into a 9×13-inch cooking pan that has been sprinkled with coconut or extra seeds or seed meal, basically anything to keep it from sticking. You can line the pan with wax paper or not. You can cut the bars out at this time to make it easier to slice them once they have hardened.
5. Leave the pan in the refrigerator for an hour or two. Take it out and cut up the bars. Store them in the fridge or a cool, dry place.
Golden Beet & Sunflower Salad
Sprouted Bean & Kale Soup
Well, we made it through winter, and here we are back at Spring. What a wonderful time of renewed life, energy and new beginnings.
We will continue with our food theme and will share with you here information about Spring through a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, and how the foods we eat can play an important role in our overall health and well being during this season.
The Season of the Liver
The liver is the most influential organ during Spring. It allows our energy (Qi) to flow freely throughout the body, bringing life to the whole. During the quiet, restorative months of winter while the body tends to be more at rest, the liver stores blood and the Qi it contains. During activity, the liver releases the energized blood throughout the body and help maintains the smooth flow of Qi. When the liver is nourished and functions smoothly, it allows for the harmonization between the emotions, the body's movement and healthy skin and eyes.
It is important to make sure the liver receives the nourishment it needs to rejuvenate the body and allow it to get the "Spring" back into it's step. Eating the right kinds of foods and avoiding foods and other substances containing toxins is particularly important.
Nourishing Foods for the Liver
The foods we eat in Spring should correlate with the changes in nature that this season brings about. Eating more cold and raw foods is a good place to start. The body no longer needs the warm cooked through meals that are helpful to store the energy during winter. Instead, choose freshly sprouted foods, salads and greens. Foods with a sour taste help the liver flush out toxins. Add a slice of lemon to your water, eat pickled or fermented foods, add a splash of vinegar to your salads.
Sprouts - Certain sprouts are fairly easy to find in grocery stores, such as mung bean, broccoli and radish. If you are feeling adventurous, you can try sprouting your own beans and seeds at home. Adzuki beans, lentils and sesame seeds are good choices.
Leafy Greens - While all leafy greens are beneficial for liver health, try ones that can be eaten raw as part of salads or side dishes. Arugula, spinach and kale are great liver greens.
Beets & Carrots - These root vegetables are high in beta-carotene and plant flavonoids which help support the liver. As with the greens, although these can be cooked, try grating them raw over salads.
Vinegar & Pickles - These are the sour foods that will help the liver flush out toxins. Try adding a splash of red wine, rice, or balsamic vinegar to soups and salads. Also eat pickled and fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kim chi and pickled relishes.
Citrus fruits - Again, these foods have that sour taste which is great for the liver. Try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drinking water, or squeezing them into juices. Grapefruits are also high in antioxidants.
Whole grains, legumes & seeds - These complex carbohydrates are good Spring time choices. Look for quinoa, black-eyed peas, lentils, sunflower and sesame seeds.
These seasonal newsletters give you insight on the effects of energy movement throughout the year and throughout your body.