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Frozen Yogurt Superfood Bars

Frozen yogurt superfood bars recipe

The weekend is finally here. This is a time where many people fall off their healthy eating plan, let down their hair, and indulge (that’s totally okay by the way). But in case you want a sweet treat to have on hand that won’t totally leave you feeling regretful come monday, these frozen yogurt superfood bars. Tangy, creamy Greek yogurt and fresh strawberries sit on top of a crust with hidden superfoods; chia seeds, flaxseeds, and walnuts.  This recipe isn’t overly sweet and would actually make a really nice breakfast bar in the summertime due to it being chilled, high in protein, and providing ample healthy fats to keep you full.

Frozen Yogurt Superfood Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 c pitted dates
  • 2 c unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 c ground flax seed
  • 1 c walnut halves
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp water
  • FOR TOPPING
  • 2 c Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 c strawberries, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x13, baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine dates, coconut, and walnuts in a food processor. Pulse until a grainy texture forms throughout.
  3. In a large bowl, combine date mixture, flaxseed and chia. Mix well.
  4. Add honey and water. Stir once more.
  5. Pour mixture into pan and press down using a spatula or fingers.
  6. Set into freezer while making topping.
  7. For topping, stir together honey, vanilla and Greek yogurt.
  8. Pour on top of base and smooth with a spatula. Arrange strawberry slices on top. Freeze for 2 hours. If freezing longer, allow to thaw 30 minutes at room temperature before slicing.
  9. Slice with sharp knife into 2x4 inch slices.
  10. Bars can be frozen or stored in the refrigerator
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Synergy Cherry Chia Kombucha

                          

I think now is a good time for a product review. And this is a positive one. We often hear about new “Superfoods”, but what are they exactly? Superfoods are nutrient and antioxidant packed foods that provide a wide spectrum of health benefits all different and all from nature. Some are naturally high in protein or electrolytes.  Chia seeds seem to be the latest craze. So I thought I’d do a little investigating and find out what makes them so great. I picked up a bottle of Synergy Cherry Chia Kombucha, which also comes in a wide range of other flavors. The chia seeds make up for most of the drink which touts itself for having 8 times the amount of omega-3s as salmon, more fiber than oatmeal, and more antioxidants than blueberries! Plus, this drink has the supposed power of Kombucha, a fermented tea. Proponents of Kombucha believe it aids in cancer recovery and prevention, can improve eyesight, energize the mind and body and improves digestion with it’s probiotic bacterial strains. I don’t necessarily think this is the go to drink for body builders, as it does not provide very much protein (4g per bottle). But I definitely think it is a great option to keep your digestive system in balance and get some great andioxidants, fiber and heart healhty omega 3s while your at it. Here is the breakdown…
Appearance: Reddish pink , thick liquid, abundant chia seeds
Smell: Vinegar, acidic (from the fermented Kombucha)
Mouthfeel: Sort of like jello before it sets, smooth with a slight graininess from the seeds
Taste: Slightly sour, sweet, vinegar, fruity with mild acidity
Cost: $3.39
Why it’s worth a try:
8 grams of fiber per bottle-  Which is 25% of the daily recommondation
4200 mg of Omega 3s per bottle- Reduces inflammation, supports brain function, may lower cholesterol
2 billion Probiotic Organisms- Supports healthy digestive balance
Antioxidants- Prevent oxidation of cells from free radicals ( sun, pollution,smoke, pesticides) and supports new cell growth.