I love making my own granola and granola bars. Although it is becoming more common to see granola bars without additives like high fructose corn syrup, I really like putting things into my body that don’t come wrapped in plastic and with ingredients that I can pronounce. I love this basic granola bar recipe that can be altered based on your cravings and what you have around the house. I used pepitas that I’ve been trying to get rid of for the longest time and some dried apricots. To make the bars vegan, substitute maple syrup for the honey. The bars can also be crumbled to use as granola. If you bake them longer they will be crispy and if you bake them a shorter amount of time they will be softer (duh).
This recipe was also featured on the blog of one of my favorite companies on the planet, Brooks Running! Thanks for having me as a guest blogger, Brooks! You can see my post about the right and wrong ways to stretch here.
Basic Granola Bar Recipe
2½ c. oatmeal
1 c. dried fruit – I used apricots
1 banana, mashed
1c. nuts – I used pepitas
¼. c. soy or almond milk
1/2 c. honey or maple syrup
1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then add the milk and honey
2. Using a spoon, press the mix into a 9×13” baking dish
3. Bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes – longer for a crispier texture. Let cool to room temp and then cut into bars or crumbled for use as cereal. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
Have you heard people say that running is bad for your knees? My final post of four common running myths busted is now up on the Brooks Running Blog! Today I’m talking about the common misconception that running is bad for your knees.
I’m also sharing another favorite running recipe. This one is for Energy Bites. These little bites are protein-packed and delicious. Perfect for a snack on the go or to replace your protein stores after a run!
The third in my myth busting series has been published on the Brooks Running Blog today! I wrote an article about stretching properly in order to increase your workout performance and minimize injury risks. I also shared one of my favorite running recipes – homemade granola bars!
Did you know that sometimes not stretching at all can be better than stretching? Find out more by reading my post here!
What are your stretching strategies? Let me know in the comments below!
Don’t forget that I’m donating all advertising revenue this month to Delek Hospital for the care of Tibetan refugees! Just click on the ads on both sides and bottom of the blog!
Given that Dharamsala and Mcleod Ganj are nestled at the base of the Himalayan mountains, I wasn’t sure if I could find a nice place to run without heading straight up a mountain. Luckily, running in Mcleod Ganj, India was beautiful and not all about steep inclines! I was able to find a mildly hilly route with scenic views. It was great to train at altitude while in India, even if I will lose all the advantages when I travel for two weeks at sea level.
In honor of my awesome runs in Mcleod Ganj, I present this post – “Does Your Run Have This?”
Does your run have rhododendron trees with scenic valley views?
How about snow capped peaks?
And foraging cattle?
Does your run have friendly dogs who follow you for the majority of your half hour run?
Does you run have lots of tree cover and a monkey that looks like it came out of a horror movie?
How about a red-faced monkey smoking a straw?
And finally, does your run have a quiet little cathedral called St. John in the Wilderness, where you can see the crumbling tombstones of people from as far back as the 1800′s?
And of course, exotic birds!
I’ve finished my month at Delek Hospital and I’m hitting the road. This means I have to say good bye to this lovely run in Mcleod Ganj! *Tear*
Curious where I was? You can find a map of my run here.
I think many of us are glad the week is over. Here in India, the thoughts of what happened in Boston this week have weighed heavily on my mind. For me, running is a sacred and joyous thing, and something that keeps me balanced and energized. Even here in India, I’ve kept up a running routine, much to the amusement of the locals. The idea of individuals or organized groups using a fitness-related event to cause so much pain and destruction is something I still can’t comprehend.
I have never run the Boston Marathon, but having been a competitive athlete I know what it’s like to get ready for a huge race. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the events in Boston – the families who lost loved ones, the runners who may never run again due to injuries from the race, those who were “just around the corner” when the bombs detonated, and also to those runners who came within minutes of crossing the finish line of the Boston Marathon, only to have that dream taken away from them. It’s just so horrific.
One of my favorite ladies on the planet, Amy Poehler, talks about the events in Boston in this short video. She is personal and honest and her reflections brought tears to my eyes.
My heart aches for you Boston.
Check me out as a featured blogger on the Brooks blog today! I’m busting some common nutrition myths and sharing a healthy running recipe. Good nutrition does not have to be complicated or expensive!