Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy National Nutrition Month

Happy National Nutrition Month!

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has dedicated March as National Nutrition Month!
Their theme for this year is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”. The main goal of this campaign is to help everyone develop good eating and physical activity habits. The theme is meant to encourage everyone to enjoy and appreciate flavors and social experiences that comes with the food we eat.
A whole month dedicated to celebrating the yummy food I eat? Yes Please!

Since this campaign is meant to help us make healthier choices I thought it would be fun to share a yummy recipe! This recipe is a “treat recipe”, easy and kid friendly. Meaning your kiddos can help make them and help eat them! Plus they have chocolate...and that is awesome! Help spread the word about this campaign by using the hashtag #NationalNutritionMonth.

No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Oat Bars

2 cups rolled oats
1½ cups rice cereal
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup peanut butter
4 ounces chopped 60-percent cacao bittersweet chocolate, or ¾ cup chocolate chips
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup honey
1 cup (about 5 ounces) dried cherries
  1. Line a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a bit of paper to hang over the sides.
  2. Combine oats, rice cereal and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Melt together peanut butter, chocolate, coconut oil and honey in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  4. Pour wet mixture over oat mixture. Stir to combine.
  5. Stir in dried cherries.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Press to evenly cover the bottom of the pan.
  7. Chill for at least 3 hours. Remove from pan using overhang of paper as handles. Cut into 28 bars. Store in the refrigerator.
Cooking Note
- Substitute gluten-free rolled oats and rice cereal, if needed.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar
Serves 28
Calories: 141; Total fat: 7g; Saturated fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 70mg; Carbohydrates: 19g; Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 9g; Protein: 3g; Potassium: 112mg; Phosphorus: 83mg
To learn more about this campaign and find other fun recipes click Here.
What are some of your favorite healthy recipes that your kids love? We would love for you to comment and share!

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