Monday, March 25, 2013

Because I Like Pretending I Know About Fitness...

There's nothing wrong with fat free.

Or sugar free.

Or sodium free.

Yes, there's nothing wrong with cardboard flavored healthy alternatives. But never fear, healthy snackers! With diet-friendly chocolaty granola bars, you can satisfy your sweet tooth and maintain your back-packing, rock-climbing, marathon running physique!

Just kidding. Have you seen the sugar/sodium count on most of those things? I suppose when they amputate your foot due to diabetes-related issues, the companies that make those granola bars will technically be keeping their promise to help you drop the pounds.

But if you'd like to keep your foot, here is a cheap, homemade alternative to the meal/snack bar money-pit.

The great thing about these bars is that you can control the sugar content based on the brands/ingredients you want use.

These bars are also seriously filling. A 2 x 2 square lasts me well into the afternoon.

-2 cups quick cooking oatmeal (not cooked, mind you)
-1 cup milled flax seed
-1 cup honey
-1 cup natural peanut butter
-1 cup protein powder (I use vanilla flavored powder, though chocolate might be good too!)
Optional: 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Optional: 1/2 cup craisins

If you don't want a crazy arm work-out, warm up your honey and peanut butter just slightly. Mix all ingredients together and press into a 9 x 9 or 9 x 13 pan, depending on how thick you'd like your bars. Cover and allow to sit for a few hours, preferably overnight. Wrap individual portions in plastic wrap, or just leave the bars in the pan and slice as needed. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Brewty and the Yeast: Part 2


Do you hear that?

That's the sound of beer. Beer that has matured and is begging to be bottled.

Who am I to refuse?

While filling beer bottles may look like happy work, there were several things that had to be done first.

Cleaning and sanitizing our bottles, for example:

Most people prefer their beer without chunky bits, so thoroughly cleaning your bottles is very important.

It's also important to feed your brewing yeast. Those little buggers have been stuck in a brew keg for the better part of a month- they're probably pretty hungry. What better treat can you think of than warm sugar water? Mmmmm....

And for a little extra bubbly boost...

Now that you've spent the better half of your day cleaning and cooking for your yeast, it's time to help them move into their new home.