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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Complete Exhaustion, and Blueberry Oat Bars

Weeeell I am travelling for work again - this is probably the last time I'll have any work-related travel for a while, but man was I not looking forward to this trip.  Despite our day of doing nothing on Saturday, I managed to remain completely sleep deprived through the weekend and the last thing I wanted to do early on Monday morning was get on a plane.

Monday was basically the worst.  I wanted to fall asleep all, literally all day.  On the plane, in the car on the way to the client site, during back-to-back meetings with said get the idea. Luckily I made it through the day, and had a delicious dinner and some wine with co-workers.

And then...I got 9 hours of sleep.  We didn't have to be anywhere until 10am, so I popped downstairs for a 2.5 mile run on the treadmill, did a 30 minute YogaGlo with Elena Brower (yoga for travelers!), and had a leisurely breakfast of coffee and oatmeal from the FREE breakfast buffet.  I felt like a new woman.

Plus, our client has an amaaaazing cafeteria.  Like, ridiculous amounts of awesome.  I think our cafeteria is pretty slick, but they have FALAFEL WRAPS.  I almost died.  My eyes may or may not have been a bit larger than my stomach and I ended up ordering the falafel wrap (falafel, chili sauce, lettuce, tomato, tatziki and onion in a spinach wrap) and two side salads.  It wasn't 1am Falafel King, but it was delicious... it was also a LOT of food and I only ended up eating about half of it.

Get in my belly.

I also had reinforcements in my purse ;)


Now I'm chilling in bed in my pajamas, writing this blog and watching the How I Met Your Mother season finale.  Excellent use of Cloud Cult, almost made me cry.  Almost.

So that's my thrilling life.  To make up for the lack of action on my end, I give you Blueberry Banana Breakfast Bars!  I saw Sweet Tater's recipe for raw breakfast bars and couldn't resist giving it a shot.  Here is my version!

- 2 bananas
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal/ ground flaxseeds
- 1/2 teaspon vanilla
- 4 tablespoons dried blueberries
- a couple of handfulls of roasted unsalted almonds, chopped into smallish pieces

In the microwave, heat the bananas and almond butter until they are "melted" and easy to smash and mix together.  Then...smash them and mix them together.  Add the oats, flaxseed meal, vanilla and blueberries and stir to combine.

Pour into a loaf pan, sprinkle almonds over the top and smash with all of your might!  Really - smash that sucker down until it is very dense and solid. Cool in the fridge for several hours or overnight, then remove and slice into six bars.  At this point I wrap them individually in saran wrap and put them back into the fridge, so I can easily throw one in my bag as I rush out the door 10 minutes later than planned.  Such is life.

Hope you're having a great week!

1 comment:

  1. Mmm your bars look very good- and nutritious too!


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