Save Some Calories with Sugar-Free Oat Bars

OatbarsOatmeal bars so good, they make you wanna high-five your oven mitts!

Wholesome, chewy, and  crunchy all at the same time, these savory squares are ideal for a quick breakfast or mid-day snack. Oh and they’re about as healthy as can get! I mean, it’s easy to cave into temptation and buy a triple chocolate chunk cookie from the coffee shop down the street. But with that come triple the calories, triple the sugar, and well –triple the agony when those already snug skinny jeans fit a little tighter. WOOPS! So here’s a much better alternative to keep you full and the cravings at bay:

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups of oats (Robin Hood brand is fantastic for baking!)

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

3/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup hemp hearts

3 tbsp cinnamon

1 egg

1 cup milk

4 drops Stevia concentrate (as a natural sugar alternative)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven at 325-350 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Mix all the dry ingredients: oats, seeds, cranberries, hemp hearts, and cinnamon, in the same bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, mix the egg, milk, and stevia. Add it to the dry ingredients and stir.

4. Pour the batter into a greased, square pan and bake for approximately 40 minutes, until the edges and top are golden brown.

5. Slice into squares

Style is served!

3-Step Treat: Tuna on Whole Grain Baguette

Tunabaguette

Having friends over for some drinks and possibly dinner? Impress them with these zesty lemon-tuna baguette bites to start.  They’ll be back for more, or may not even leave.

Ingredients:

1 can of tuna

1 whole grain baguette

Romaine lettuce

pepper

salt

1/2 lemon

Instructions:

1. Open the can of tuna and drain it of any excess oil or water.  Place it in a bowl, adding salt and pepper to taste and the 1/2 lemon juice.

2. Wash the lettuce, and cut it in sections that fit on baguette slices.

3. Slice your baguette in 1.5 inch thick sections, and place the lettuce on top. Scoop the tuna into the lettuce cups and start munching.

Style is served!