There is a misunderstanding out there that certain foods groups need to be off limits in order to live a healthy life with a healthy diet. Some call for denouncing any animal products, while others pull grains out of the question and hit up meat as a main source of food. All in all, eating a balanced diet is what will really bring you a healthy life that is sustainable for a lifetime. That means that meat is OK if your body (and spiritual beliefs) digest it well, and that dairy is not forbidden. It also means that not all grains and carbs are not the enemy. Carbohydrates are essential to receive fuel and energy from your diet, along with healthy fats and protein. While the processed, bleached and “enriched” kinds are not as good for you, since your body doesn’t know how to digest them fully and they are often devoid of natural nutrients, the straight forward ones are downright essential for your diet.
Whole grains and grain-like seeds offer you a balance of protein and carbohydrates, which means you have filling, energy sustaining foods that are minimally processed. While some of these can be difficult to digest due to gluten, the binding protein in wheat, there are plenty of gluten-free alternatives that can give you this sustainable boost you need.
If you have difficulty digesting traditional grains, such as wheat, you can opt for grain-like seeds, such as buckwheat groats and quinoa. Both of these seeds cook quite like grains and contain both protein and carbs. This means you’ll have exactly what you need to build you up and keep you full, while giving you lasting energy. Top it off with a few other powerhouses such as iron-rich pumpkin seeds, omega-3 rich chia seeds, and (gluten free) oats, and you have the recipe for a perfectly balanced, digestive friendly bar.
Simple and Hearty Birdseed Bars
2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/4 cup Quinoa
1/4 cup Oats
1/4 cup Buckwheat Groats
1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
1/4 cup Dried Cherries
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Honey
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt coconut oil over medium heat until liquefied. In a large bowl, combine all seeds, grains, and fruits. Combine with honey and melted coconut oil. Mix together until thoroughly coated. Spread into a large pan, lined with parchment paper. Press down until about 1/2 inch thick. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool for 20 minutes and cut into bars or squares. Store in the refrigerator to harden the honey and coconut oil, allowing the ingredients to stick together, and remove when ready to eat or serve.
Grab a bar and head on your way!
Jessi Andricks, author of Detox 101, is an emerging leader in the field of healthy, holistic living. Through her training in Health Coaching, Yoga, and mind-body fitness, she’s able to blend together the best of all worlds to create innovative online wellness and detox programs, such as her Flourish Series.
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