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Chocolate Chia Energy Bars

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone πŸ™‚

I hopeΒ  you all had a wonderful weekend.

I must admit, I do think V-Day is a Hallmark holiday. Yes, it’s nice to get flowers and chocolate or whatever. But it is over-hyped. Both of my M boys get lots of love from me daily.

This M in particular…

^my perfect Valentine

Today is one of the most exciting days of the year for me. Not because it’s Valentine’s Day. But because I know Spring is right around the corner. How do I know that, you ask? Because these handsome guys officially start Spring Training today:

they could have gotten a more flattering shot of Halladay though πŸ˜‰

It’s going to be a great season. I can not wait.

Woot Woot.

Michael and I had a decent weekend. We went out to dinner Friday night to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I was going to make a batch of these All Natural Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes:

But we got our sugar fix Friday night with a gourmet dessert to-go (traditionally while watching Jersey Shore) so I opted not to.

I did, however, make some delicious bars to snack on! Some carb absorption slowing chia seeds were the basis of this recipe.

I’ve been more aware that I need to have a snack or something on me when I am out running around. My appetite felt like it got out of control several weeks ago, but I really think it slowed down. I am definitely eating. Not like a piggie though (the rapid weight gain is supposed to happen NOW). I do BEST with small, frequent meals. Or else, I get REALLY full, and the heart burn kicks in. I have been getting really full, really fast lately with not that much food (something to do with my over sized uterus perhaps?). If I over-do it, I get this burning sensation in my throat. Pregnancy heart burn is not like normal heart burn that you get from eating something you shouldn’t have. I really never got heart burn, and the first time I got it during this pregnancy, I was freaked out. Heartburn during pregnancy is so common for one reason, hormones. Particularly progesterone can relax the valve that normally prevents stomach acid from backing up into the esophagus. It may also have something to do with the fact that the baby is making everything pretty cramped as far as my organs go. It’s not fun. I avoid it by eating aΒ  little at a time. For this reason, I need to have a small snack on me for every couple hours. So instead of cupcakes…I opted to make some bars to snack on during the work week:

Chocolate Chia Energy Bars

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups Pitted Dates

1/3 Cup Raw Cacao Powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)

1/3 Cup Chia Seeds

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Slivered Almonds

Directions:

Puree the dates in a food processor or Vitamix to make a date paste. Then add cacao/cocoa powder, vanilla extract and chia seeds. Pulse until combined. Then add the almonds and pulse until they are well distributed.

Spread a sheet of wax paper on a hard surface and pour mixture out on it. Use paper to press the mixture into a 1/2 to 3/4 inch rectangle.

Wrap very tightly (I added a layer of saran around the wax paper to make it very tight) and chill it overnight. Cut it into 6-8 bars the next day. You can use oat flour to dust the bars to prevent sticking.

Chia seeds are one of my obsessions (if you haven’t noticed). Their benefits are amazing. They are loaded with antioxidants, calcium, protein, fiber, and vitamins including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, and zinc. Other benefits include:

-slows the absorption of carbs–great for diabetics

-great for hydration/ especially post-workout

-Reduces Blood Pressure

-Aids in Weight Loss

-Richest Plant Source of Omega 3β€²s (an essential fatty acid)

So get your ch ch ch chia on, yo!!!!


Who caught Gaga and her POD entrance at the Grammy’s last night?

It was a good show. Michael admitted to me last night that he has Beiber fever πŸ˜‰

How was your weekend?

Are you celebrating V-Day or did you?

Michael and I always go out early to avoid the mayhem. Friday night was close enough, but far enough away to avoid crowds. Twas’ perfecto.

Do Something to show yourself some LOVE today!!

I treated myself to a MUCH needed, LONG overdue mani & pedi this weekend:

Enjoy your day!

xxoo

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43 Comments

  • Reply allison

    Happy Vday:) I am super psyched for spring training and i was begging my boyfriend to take me to a game as an early b-day or whatever present since clearwater is pretty close to his parents house. I always wonder how me the sports junkie could have a boyfriend that hates watching sports lol i guess thats better then him liking a rival team.

    Yay chia seeds! I always put them in my oats in the morning and they are good to put in cereal to give it more oomph!

    February 14, 2011 at 7:00 am
    • Reply laury

      That’s awesome! I am so jealous! If I wasn’t pregnant we would totallyy of flown out to Spring Training this year. I have a friend that lives near Clearwater!

      February 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Tina

    I do agree that Vday is a “hallmark holiday,” but I am loving the excuse to get flowers and extra attention πŸ˜‰ I didn’t want the Grammys, but honestly, who DOESN’T love Justin Bieber? lol. Enjoy your day love!! xoxo

    February 14, 2011 at 7:40 am
    • Reply laury

      LOL, oh, the Biebs πŸ™‚

      February 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply susan

    Happy Valentine’s day Laury. Hope Michael and Munchkin look after you well today. Just back from walking into town, I bought myself some treats since I’ve no prince yet. Love chia seeds and how they change the consistency of recipes. That recipe looks wonderful.

    February 14, 2011 at 8:24 am
    • Reply laury

      It’s ok….treat yourself today!xo

      February 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    The mani looks great!! Happy V-Day to you too!! πŸ™‚ Gaga rocked it on the Grammy’s, so did Mick Jagger and Eminem. I thought it was a pretty good show. Your energy bars look so delicious!! YUM!

    February 14, 2011 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    WOW! These sound so good, and so simple too! I did see Lady Gaga arrive in her egg/pod thing last night and thought it was over the top but very ‘her’ at the same time. Happy Valentines Day to you too Laury!

    February 14, 2011 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Kristina

    mmm….I want to try those vegan cupcakes-we all know I love my cupcakes!!!!
    Happy vday-we celebrated this wknd too so we’ll prob lay low tonight!

    February 14, 2011 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Evolving Well

    Those chocolate chia bars look great. That would probably be a great way to use up all these dates that I have in my cabinet too! Plus, Nick would probably eat them since he love himself some Larabars.

    We intended to go to this vegetarian cafe yesterday for brunch/lunch to have some time together, but before we left, Nick checked their website and saw that they are closed on Sundays. Total bummer :(. I don’t remember the name of the place, but the menu looks awesome. It’s in South Hampton.

    Have a great day with Michael!

    February 14, 2011 at 10:00 am
    • Reply laury

      Awww, what a bummer πŸ™ I would have been so disappointed!!! Hopefully you two had a nice V-Day all in all!!!!!

      February 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply La.

    So I woke up this morning and your post was sitting in my inbox. Twas DIVINE! Happy Valentine’s Day. I LOVE Valentine’s Day, I always have. My Dad would do something special for my Mom and then he would bring home my sister and I a pink rose and a small box of chocolates. It was super awesome! I LOVED it. I might need to pick up the ingredients to make those while Gooner and I am gone and Q is here bachin’ it!

    February 14, 2011 at 10:07 am
    • Reply laury

      Heehehe. Love it.

      My dad always got me and my sis presents too! So fun. I always got excited over V-day. I think it lost it’s luster after Michael and I got married. I think when I was younger the “will I get flowers, or a present from a guy” was exciting. Now, my loving is expected πŸ˜‰

      February 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete

    I love that Michael has Bieber Fever — my 10 year old niece told me all about the Bieber movie (she absolutely LOVED it). I just laughed the whole time.

    I am a chia seed nutcase too — I put them in everything!

    February 14, 2011 at 10:18 am
    • Reply laury

      OMG. I couldn’t believe he had a movie in theaters about his life. Usually that stuff is made for TV. But I guess, it’s the Biebs, what do you expect? I heard it was 3D too?

      February 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Happy Vday! Heartburn is no fun!! When I used to have serious anxiety/ ED I would get it every night…no joke. I stopped eaitng and lost 5 lbs bc of it!

    Thanksfully I found ways to calm down and now only get it on occasion, usually the week before my period. I imagine how bad it will be during pregnancy. Ug.

    Love the munchkin shots!

    February 14, 2011 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Laura

    Ha! I tell my husband “Happy Pitcher’s and Catcher’s Report Day!”

    I gotta try chia seeds, it’s next on the list of things to try.

    I did take the plunge to try out Amazing Grass. The taste of it is something I’m going to have to get use to though πŸ™‚

    February 14, 2011 at 10:57 am
    • Reply laury

      Oh, I love Amazing Grass! I am sure you will get used to it πŸ™‚

      Oh, yes. Happy Pitchers and Catchers Report Day! Love it!

      February 14, 2011 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    I share the same views on V-day as you! We are going out to dinner though–so that will be fun! πŸ™‚

    I also share a chia seed obsession–so I’m pretty sure I’d love these bars! Question for you: do dates ever overload your vitamix? When I tried to blend dates in my vita, it overloaded and shut itself off!

    Have a great day! <3

    February 14, 2011 at 11:20 am
    • Reply laury

      Hmm, no dates never did this. Are you using pitted dates? one of my clients jammed her Vitamix bc she accidentally used dates with the pits in them. The only time my Vitamix ever got jammed was when I over loaded it with veggies and beets that were not cut up enough!

      February 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Leashieloo

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours (including Munchkin!). I still haven’t had Chia Seeds yet, totally living under a rock here.

    February 14, 2011 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Morgan

    Oh man! My husband and I are obsessed wit Jersey Shore. Lol. Ummm…Thank you for posting a picture of cupcakes and baseball players together in the same post. Made my Vday with lots of deliciousness. haha. Love the red Mani!! And YUMMY chia bars! Have a great day! <3 <3

    February 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm
    • Reply laury

      LOL, my 2 favorite things in one post: Baseball players and cupcakes πŸ˜‰ XOXO

      February 14, 2011 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    Who’s the babe on the lower right hand side? I’ll take one of him please.

    I took today off from work, I’m baking, hanging at Panera, going to the gym, doing laundry, giving myself a mani and meeting up with some friends later tonight for dessert-should be a fun day all in all!

    February 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm
    • Reply laury

      Oh, Cutie Cole. He’s mine, sista πŸ˜‰

      February 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm
  • Reply Charlie

    Those bars sound yummy!! I need more chia in my life ;).
    I celebrated v-day on Saturday: made a yummy dinner and a (pink) dessert!

    February 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Maria@healthydiaries

    I love Chia seeds too! I just need to remember to incorporate them into my meals/snacks more! I really need to make those bars, they look delicious! I had some MAJOR cravings this weekend, I thought for a second maybe I’m preggers (I’m not). Hope you enjoy your Valentines day! <3

    February 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Caree @ Fit-Mama

    Happy Valentines day!!

    I remember trying to give myself pedicures when I was preggo. There comes a time when you won’t be able to touch your toes comfortably, or atleast thats how it was with me!!

    February 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm
    • Reply laury

      LOL…Oh I could never give myself a pedi now!! When I said I treated myself, I meant i went to a place and paid someone to do it for me πŸ˜‰ Thats all I can do from here on out. It’s a struggle to even shave now a days!

      February 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm
  • Reply Kris | iheartwellness.com

    Hi Beautiful! Happy V-Day!!! I hope your 2 M’s are getting lots of snuggle time πŸ™‚

    What a great looking bar! I am making these tonight since I am on the CSD 21 day cleanse and I need some form of chocolate without refined sugars……21 days….eeek πŸ˜‰

    Have a great night!

    xxoo

    February 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm
    • Reply laury

      EEEK is right! Well, refined sugars can be tough, but not that tough. No added sugars, even natural sugars would be REALLY tough. One of my first things to do post baby! XO

      February 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    That’s really interesting about the hearburn..never knew that!

    I love chia too and i so didn’t know that it slows down the absorption of carbs. Thanks for all the great info…as always:)

    Energy bars are awesome. I really need to get in the habit of making them again! Yum!

    I think the hubby and I are going to go to the gym together and I’ll make a fun meal with some sort of chocolate dessert:)
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    February 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Laury! Glad you had a good weekend with Michael, too. Now go enjoy some time with that snuggly Valentine of yours. Munchkin, of course. πŸ˜‰

    February 14, 2011 at 6:37 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    My husband and I always go out early for Valentine’s day too. It is so much more enjoyable when you don’t have to wait 2 hours for your table. I have recently become obsessed with making my own energy bars, so I can’t wait to try these!! πŸ™‚

    February 14, 2011 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply Angie

    I showed myself some love by doing the LEVEL 2 jillian DVD “Shred” It was tough but I stuck it out! Yay me! Hope your having a wonderful day and staying healthy! Those bars look really good and similar to the Agave brownies I’ve made before!

    February 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm
    • Reply laury

      TOUGH Love πŸ˜‰ Great job!

      February 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply Ally (oatsandspice)

    I am def. going to make these – I sometimes buy something kind of like it in the bulk section at whole foods but it is so expensive – like 12 dollars a pound!

    February 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner

    Munchkin is always SO cute!!! I love that he is your Valentine! πŸ˜‰

    Your Energy Bars sound perfect for me! I too find that I do better with small meals throughout the day. Thank you for taking the time to share this recipe! πŸ™‚

    February 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm
  • Reply Gina

    Those bars look amazing! I always shocked at the stats on chia seeds. They’re so healthy!!

    I did show myself some love today, ate quite a few sweets throughout the day in honor of the holiday πŸ™‚

    February 14, 2011 at 11:44 pm
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  • Reply siewlingchaw

    can i use pitted prunes instead of pitted dates ? πŸ™‚

    June 19, 2012 at 10:09 am
    • Reply laury

      I’m sure they will work as far as the stickiness, just soak them a bit…but not sure of the taste. It’s definitely worth a try! Let me know how it goes!

      June 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

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