Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Friendly Support

Things are a bit slow on the CALERIE front. I am lacking motivation to record/track/monitor my food intake and to make matters worse- my Palm Centro that is my cell phone/pda/mp3 player died Friday.

Not just a little dead: won't turn on- and if it does turn on it keeps trying to sync, so I hooked it up to the computer and nothing, no connection, then it dies again. I am hoping I can get my stuff off it before I have to send it away to get fixed- but things do not look promising...

But there is one shining moment (with regards to my food prep/consumption) I am happy to report :)

My labmate, Christine, made me an energy bar snack as a thank you for processing some of her samples (I was also doing mine so she totally did not have to thank me so well- but I am not complaining!!). I can not find the recipe online but she packaged the bars up and gave me the original recipe with the nutritional information and everything! Totally sweet :)
*Recipe is from a Fine Cooking publication: Eat Smart. Recipe is not available to the public- enjoy!

Other fun fact about Christine: she is also very interested in the CALERIE study and is currently on the waiting list in case someone drops out of the study.

Energy Bars
130 cal/bar
5g Fat
5g Protein
2.5g Fiber

Cooking Spray
1c Quick cooking rolled oats
1/2c Shelled unsalted raw sunflower seeds
1/2c toasted wheat germ
1/4c whole grain pastry flour or whole wheat flour
1/2c dried apricots
1/2c raw almonds
1/2c raisins
1/2c pitted dried dates
1/2c nonfat dry milk
1/2t ground cinnamon
1/3c pure maple syrup (she used agave nectar instead)
2 large eggs

  • Preheat oven to 350 and coat a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray
  • Place all ingredients except the syrup and eggs into a food processor and pulse until everything is finely chopped.
  • Add syrup and eggs and pulse until mixture is well combined. It will resemble a coarse paste.
  • Transfer to a baking pan and spread evenly to cover the bottom.
  • Bake until lightly browned, about 20min.
  • Allow to cool for 15min, then cut into 24 bars
Thank you Christine!! They are so yummy!