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10 minute bars

1 Jul

5575803785_1f27c74eddOn a quest for healthy, quick snacks that will keep you satisfied?

Try out these nut/seed bars.

Easy to make, delicious and nutritious, these bars stick together nicely after cooled in the fridge for 1 hour or more.

This recipe makes for an excellent weekend project, to prepare for a busy week ahead.

Makes 12 bars – Prep time: 5 minutes – Total time: 10 minutes – Recipe adapted from George Mateljan

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw or roasted peanuts/almonds/cashews/pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 cup raisins/dried cranberries/dried apricots/dried prunes/dates
  • 2 tbsp honey/maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients, with the exception of the honey, in a food processor until fine but still having some texture.
  2. Add honey and process just long enough for it to blend in.
  3. Press into a square about 3/4 inch thick on a plate or square pan and refrigerate for about an hour or more.
  4. Cut into 2 inch squares.

Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of HealthAliciousNess 

summer plans

30 Jan

IMG_0004Winter is still here, but summer is not that far away!

Come get a head start on your summer plans by visiting us this Saturday at PS 321’s Summer Camp Expo to learn more about our fun-filled food & garden summer camp!

Not only will our Co-Founder and Camp Director be there to answer all of your questions, we will also be sampling our homemade camp snacks like our famous granola bars and giving out some seed packets for garden inspiration.

Our summer camp is all about food! How to grow, harvest, cook, compost, where it comes from, who is behind the scenes, how much energy it takes to get to us, and why it’s good for us. All while having fun in the sun, and enjoying the summer-time to it’s fullest.

For those who sign up for camp at the PS 321 event, we’ll give you an additional $75.00 off, along with our 10% off promotion.

See you there!

Sanity in the Subway: 5 tips to enjoying the subway commute

17 Oct

3544734138_54f2f90376Living in a city is not always the easiest choice, with all of the noise, exhaust, crowds, traffic and people bumping into you left and right. However, the city can foster great opportunities, cultural diversity, conveniences and efficient public transportation, among other amenities.

Using mass transit not only saves our air from pollution, it provides an opportunity for the daily commuter to sit back and do nothing, or something, until they arrive at their destination.

Some people see the subway ride as a stressful time where they are sandwiched in between their seats, with bad smells and screaming children. While this can be true, you have the power to take charge of your subway commuting experience.

Here are 5 tips that will help you see the commute as a more enjoyable experience:

1. Know where you are going + give yourself enough time to get there: This is an easy one when you are commuting, as you usually know the route. If you are headed someplace new, you will save yourself time, energy and piece of mind by researching the best way to get there. Hopstop is a great resource as is google maps. If hopstop tells you that your route will take you 35 minutes, give yourself an extra 10-15 minutes, by leaving earlier.

2. Stay on the local to avoid running to the express: If your local train takes you where you need to go, stay on it, even when the express shows up at a joining station. As much of a thrill as it is to catch that express train because it passes 1 or 2 stations, you will have more time on your local train, in turn, spending less time shuffling around, worrying whether or not the doors will close on you.

3. Pack a water bottle + healthy snacks to stave off hunger: On longer commutes, pack yourself some goodies for the ride. Stay hydrated by bringing a water bottle, and a few healthy snacks like trail mix, granola bars, whole fruit, nutbutter or seedbutter + jelly sandwich. These snack will help you in case you missed breakfast, or are traveling to be in the public eye. Use those energy enhancing proteins, and fabulous fiber to help fuel your day.

4. Bring something to read: Some of you may enjoy staring off which feels indulgent after a long day, but for longer rides we suggest bringing something to stimulate your mind like a great book, a puzzle, catalogue or a pen and paper to write or draw.

2002937136_556449cf525. Sit up straight, focus on your breathe + practice tuning out: As tempting as it is to slouch on the train, try practicing better posture by sitting up straight, engaging your abdomen and relaxing the tension present in your face. Try to focus on your breathe by noticing your inhale and exhale. For loud trains, when they arrive at the station feel free to plug your ears, and while riding a loud train (with loud passengers), practice tuning them out by tuning into your book, your breathe, or your thoughts.

Photos courtesy of Rambling Traveler and mrhayata

what makes a balanced plate?

1 Aug

frame_sports1Summer holds countless possibilities.

This summer we have had the pleasure of teaching nutrition and wellness classes to the Park Slope Sports Academy, soccer camp. It has been a blast connecting with their soccers champs so far!

We taught a few lessons on why it’s important to feed ourselves with healthy snacks through out the day, ending the class with a tasting of a super healthy Butter Beans snack like strawberry, banana and kale smoothies, and our hemp and sunflower seed granola bars.

Yesterday, we gave a dynamic class on what constitutes a balanced plate, and why it’s important for us to eat a variety of foods, in moderation. Our class was filled with yoga poses, nutrition facts, a scavenger hunt, an interactive balanced plate activity, and a handout to bring home!

Our handout was comprised of a balanced plate with the 4 components (vegetables, grains, proteins, fruits) with the option of dairy + the 2 other components (water + exercise) left blank. We had our students write down their favorite meal, and dissect the ingredients in that meal. Then they plugged in their ingredients into the balanced plate. For those campers that used “mac n cheese” and “pizza” and “cheese burgers” as their favorite meals, we discussed ways they could make those foods more balanced, and came up with ingredients that would make for delicious additions.

It was inspiring to see the students think critically about their favorite foods, and organize their ingredients into the components of the balanced plate. Besides the obvious favorite meals, we did get some interesting ones like lamb curry, sushi and roasted chicken with potatoes!

A big thanks goes out to our friends at the Sports Academy for having us as your wellness + nutrition experts! Looking forward to continuing our collaboration, and spending the rest of summer with you.

Photo courtesy of Park Slope Day Camp

Need a quick + energy boosting snack? Try our granola bars

4 Apr

7209032650_b51f836d39Ready to leave your house for the day, or about to bring your children off to school and need a healthy snack to pack? Grab a homemade granola bar! Not only are they easy to make, they contain less sugar and sodium than most store bought granola bars.

Our homemade granola bars are featured on our food + garden camp snack menu, and we will also be making them with our campers this summer. For a taste of what’s in store for our lucky campers, try making them at home and let us know how they turned out. Granola bars are like a blank canvas, you can add different ingredients each time you make them. Each batch you create will turn out unique, which makes them all the more fun and spontaneous to bake!

Butter Beans Granola Bars:

Makes 1 baking sheet

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of oats
  • 1 + 1/3 cups of shredded coconut
  • 1 + 1/3 cups of hemp seed (or other seeds you may have)
  • 1 cup of pepitas
  • 1 + 1/3 cups of honey
  • 1 + 1/3 cups of dried fruits (we use cranberries and raisins)
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon (or more if you really love cinnamon)
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 250F. Mix oats, pepitas, hemp seed, cinnamon, salt in big bowl + add the canola oil and 1/2 of the honey. Spray your baking sheet with oil, and line with parchment paper. Spread the mixture onto the lined baking sheet and place in the oven for 20 minutes, tossing the mixture half way so the top doesn’t get too brown. Remove from the oven once lightly browned. Let cool for 10 minutes. Mix in dried fruit, coconut shreds and add the rest of your honey until the mixture is combined. Spread on your lined baking sheet again, and press the granola/honey mixture down so that it forms one solid piece. Cook again in your preheated oven at 250F for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let them cool and then cut into bars. Wrap them in parchment paper or natural wax paper bags for an easy to grab snack.

Photo courtesy of Cy-V