Archives for May 2014

Homemade LaraBars

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend!  I know I for one really enjoyed an extra day of R&R. 🙂

When I did the Whole30 I was introduced to LaraBars.  Although “bars” are really supposed to be used sparingly during the Whole30, they were great to have on hand when I was in a bind because they are made of all natural and whole ingredients; no preservatives or ingredients that are impossible to pronnounce.

Since trying more of a paleo-esque lifestyle and especially after the Whole30, I’ve really learned to appreciate “whole” foods and how they affect my body in a positive way.  That means I look at foods that I used to consider staples a bit differently; one of which is protein bars.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a protein bar and/or whey protein, I have just learned that my body doesn’t react the same way to those ingredients as it did before.

I used to avoid snacks like LaraBars like the plague. So you’re saying there isn’t any protein in this? Thanks, but no thanks.  Now, I appreciate food with the least amount of ingredients as possible and since my meals consist of a little more “umph” of the right things (namely more good fats), I don’t have to default to processed protein-packed items like I used to.  That being said, I am on the search for a protein powder with little ingredients because I miss my protein shakes! 🙂

Since LaraBars can get a little expensive I decided to search for a homemade recipe I could easily make at home.  I mean, how hard can it be if all of the ingredients are natural, whole foods that essentially you can find at any grocery store, right? Right!

I found the best base recipe here and have already made many different combinations, depending on what ingredients I have on hand.

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To make 12 bars, here’s the basic breakdown I follow:

  • 2 cups nuts
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup other dried fruit (I always look for unsweetened and unsulfured.  Trader Joe’s has a few good options.)
  • 1 tsp spice

One of my (and Matt’s) favorites was my take on LaraBar’s Cherry Pie flavor.

Ingredients:

(makes 12 bars)

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup cherries
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut (optional)

Directions:

Combine everything in a food processor and pulse until combined and all ingredients are finely chopped. Then, either press dough evenly in small cake pan and cut into bars or form into balls then refrigerate.

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Enjoy the short week!

Once a Fan, Always a Fan

I’m baaaaack! Did you miss me?

Well, dry your tears my friends. I’ve promised myself to get back in the blogging groove so to start things off again on the right foot, I’m going to share two of my favorite things with you – Football and Fitness!

Although it’s only May, the recent NFL draft has me in the mood for a little football in my life; specifically St. Louis RAMS football!  I love everything about game days, even in my cheerleading after-life…..whether I am watching from the comfort of my own home or cheering with a crowd of 60,000 people, it doesn’t get much better than football Sunday. 🙂  Once a fan, always a fan.

RamsWhat? Too much?

When I heard that the St. Louis Rams created the Lady Rams membership program, I jumped at the opportunity to join! Combining 3 of my favorite things- football, fitness and fashion? Winning.

Lady Rams Logo

For a $35 Annual Membership Fee, you get exclusive access to Rams events, the opportunity to mingle with players, cheerleaders (<– my personal fav, obviously) 😉 , personnel, merchandise, gifts and more!

Here’s what the membership includes:

  • Lady Rams t-shirt (<– to complete your Game Day wardrobe, perhaps?)
  • Membership packet
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Monthly drawings for autographed items, tickets, special experiences, etc. (<– I mean, who doesn’t love prizes?)
  • And the best part – Exclusive invitations to special Lady Rams-only events

All of that for $35?  Believe it!  If you are a female and you love football, you still have time to sign up!

There are 3 events coming up in St. Louis that you don’t want to miss:

Lady Rams Launch Event

When: June 12th

This event will be held at Ballpark Village and includes Complimentary food and beverage, along with the opportunity to meet Rams personnel and get to know other Lady Rams members. (Since we all share the same love of football, fitness and fashion, I have a feeling we will be fast friends) 🙂

Ladies Night at Training Camp

When: July (exact date TBD)

You will get an up-close look at the 2014 team at this private event.  If you haven’t been to an NFL training camp before, I would highly recommend it!  It’s a rare chance to see the players in their element, that up-close and personal.  Plus, all of the anticipation for the upcoming season makes for a really exciting atmosphere!

Girls Night Out

When: September (exact date TBD)

GNO. Enough said.  This event will be complete with food, drinks, a fashion show and guest appearances throughout the night…any guesses?

I also want to mention that a portion of the proceeds from the membership fees will benefit local St. Louis charities.  One of the many reasons why I am so proud to have been involved with the Rams, and continue to do so.  The organization is incredibly community-oriented and is constantly doing anything and everything they can to give back to the city and it’s fans.

You can find more information on the Lady Rams and sign up for your own membership here: http://www.stlouisrams.com/fans/ladyrams.html

If you want to stay connected with the Lady Rams, join us on social media:

Now, in the spirit of football and fitness (are you sensing a theme here?) I’ve created a workout you can do while watching the game on t.v.  I know, I know, football season is still months away but you can keep this one on the back burner, or even modify it to be 10 rounds of 10 until Sundays in the fall.  That will do the trick!

Football-Fitness WorkoutOk, now go on and get yourself a Lady Rams membership! 🙂

Have a great weekend!

 

The St. Louis Rams invited me to preview Lady Rams and provided me with a complimentary membership.