Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone 🙂
I hope 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…
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:
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 a 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
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
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 3′s (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 😉
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!