Raw Strawberry Oat Bars: Detox recipe 11 of 21May 3, 2012
Welcome to 21 Days of Detoxing with clean, whole, real food – boy do I have some good stuff in store for you! From now until May 13th you can find a new recipe here each day. You can wait until the next time I run this program live, or get yourself the DIY version available here.
Ooh I’m excited for this recipe! It’s just perfect with strawberries in season – they’ve always been my favorite. What I really love is watching my son eat them because he pays no mind to the juice dripping down his face, he just loves ‘em. (Somehow he always seems to be wearing a white shirt too, but that’s ok.)
Today’s post comes from Lisa at wholehealthdesigns.com. Like so many of our detoxers this time around, Lisa is a mom and she shared this story to go with her recipe:
I always wanted to be one of those women; you know the ones that seem to love every aspect of raising kids. While I soaked in every ounce of their “baby” smell, tandem breastfed until they weaned naturally, and just purely enjoyed being mommy, I didn’t do too well with the lack of sleep, crazy hormones, and the constant touching and wanting. I felt like my body wasn’t really mine. My poor neglected husband…if he tried to give me a hug, I would say “Not now. I need some alone time.”
Now that my little ones are not so little anymore, I look back on the things I was good at and brought me joy.
One of my greatest joys of Kate and Jack’s early childhood has to be naptime. Hands down.
And I was darn good at it. I wasn’t really all into routines or schedules, which probably would have helped with meltdowns. I would feel so guilty when a play date mom said, “yikes, it’s 12 noon, time for lunch. We have to go.” Then the mom would drag her screaming child out the door. I just really didn’t have that in me, but oh, man, when it came to naptime, I didn’t let anything stand in the way. Screaming, tantrums, tears…nothing came between me and naptime.
I had a special knack for getting Kate and Jack down simultaneously. I would keep us out of the house all morning, running errands, going to the gym (love that kids’ club!), scheduling play dates with their lunches on the go. By 2 pm, they just zonked out. The most heavenly part of naptime was that they slept for 3 hours. So that witching hour wasn’t so witchy. I got dinner ready, checked email (I’m dating myself by saying there was no Facebook then. Gasp!) and even took a nap myself. You know you’re supposed to nap while the babes are napping. I heard about doing that so I made sure to lay down at least for an hour to rejuvenate.
If I was too excited to have time alone, I would head to the kitchen, sit at the table and inhale a snack. It wasn’t just any snack, though. I made these easy but totally delicious raw strawberry oat bars. I put them in the fridge and had them on hand for a quick pick-me up. Also, I didn’t really cook at that time in my life so not having to use the oven was a plus.
Want the recipe?
Raw strawberry oat bars
1 1/2 cup medjol dates (pitted)
1/4 cup almond slices
2 Tbl. rolled oats
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup of strawberries, thinly sliced
Pulse the dates, nuts, oats, and salt in a food processor until combined.Press the date mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Mash half the strawberries and spread on top of date mixture. Top with remaining strawberries. Slice into rectangles.