After our bi-monthly sushi dinner (featuring our self-invented BYOTea) this past Sunday, I was talking to my roommate Julie and we both knew it was going to be a hard week. So we came up with the concept of Best Week Ever. It is our way of tackling the week and powering through with a positive attitude. We focus on appreciating all the good things that happen to us, and looking at the challenges that come in a better light. A couple of examples: fitting in an extra workout? BWE. Making apple crumble just because? BWE. Seeing our favorite food (ie. salmon and pumpkin!!) at the cafeteria when we happen to be there? BWE. Getting free lunch at work? BWE. Finishing an assignment early? BWE. Finding out the landlords turned on our heat? BWE. Locking myself out but finding someone to borrow the keys from? BWE. Rushing from class to interview to class to practice but living through it? BWE. You get the idea...There are so many positive aspects to every day, but sometimes we fail to notice them just because we have already predetermined and make it okay to write off the day with a negative outlook. It might sound ridiculous, but this has been such a good way to stay focused and productive, and it makes getting through things you would otherwise not look forward to more fun. Anyways, I am definitely excited for a great weekend and many more Best Weeks Ever to come.
Another thing that helped get me through the week? These energy bars I created! They are packed with only goodness and have great nutritional balance. Try them and you will see...seriously a saving grace when you are always on the go.
(Makes about 5 bars)
- 1 medium, banana (very ripe works best)
- 1/4 cup nuts (I used salted cashews)
- 1/3 cup dried fruit (I used cherries)
- 1/4 cup seeds (I used sunflower seeds, or sub for more nuts)
- 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (try with another flavor and let me know how it is)
- 2 tbsp arrowroot starch (or other starch)
- 1/2 cup almond flour (thought I should add parenthesis here too)
- In a bowl, mash the banana well with a fork or other handy utensil. It doesn't have to be perfect.
- Add almond flour and arrowroot starch and mix well.
- Add in your mix-ins and stir well.
- Grease a small pan (I used a meatloaf pan and it was perfect) with your favorite oil and pour mixture in, pressing down where needed to evenly distribute throughout.
- Bake on around 275 for 30-40 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.
- Take out the loaf, and cut into cute bars or squares.
- Power up as needed! And store in the fridge after a day.
That's it! These are great and can be a serious life saver...please continue sharing my page and recipes and have a great weekend!
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