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Quick and easy, no-cook Oatmeal Chia snack bars

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Chia seeds are my new obsession and rolled oats are a left-over obsession from my early fitness-fanatic days. I love Chia¬†in my smoothies, desserts and now these awesome no-bake snack bars. I learned this recipe from my nanny and added a couple of things to it…while its calorie intense and not a food to gorge on if the goal is weight loss, the calories all come from very healthy and nutritious ingredients. And if you can go organic, nothing like it ūüôā

So without further ado, here goes:

Ingredients:

1 cup organic peanut butter ( I prefer the no- stir crunchy variety)

1/2 cup organic coconut oil

1 1/2 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup organic Agave nectar (or more if you have a sweet tooth. You can also replace with thin honey if you like. I prefer agave for the consistency)

1/3 cup shelled, chopped walnuts

3 Tbsp Chia seeds (I use the organic black chia)

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Spread it out in a pan and refrigerate. Voila! Your healthy snack is ready :). I cut out bars to eat and spoon up the crumbs…YUM!

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Working out – Insanity??

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Spring is here already!! Shouldnt it have waited a week or two? Im not complaining, but this gives me less time than ever to work off the candy and cake pounds that were packed on well into February!

Im a pretty determined girl. If it comes to being disciplined and the rewards are worth it, I usually stick it out. Not being embarrassed to get in a swimsuit this summer is definitely worth it! So, given that I work all odd hours of day and night, gym is not an option. I have been an at-home exerciser for a few years now. I love the comfort of wearing whatever works and not being conscious about how fitter and leaner everyone else (at the gym) seems to be.

Now, a top seller of a variety of home workout stuff has been Beachbody, and Ive done a number of their workouts, Including Slim in 6, P90X, Turbo Jam and Chalean Extreme. Ive got great results with most. The first time I did SI6, I lost around 20 lbs. But since then, it hasnt done much for me. Possibly because the music is so boring, and it is unbelievably tedious to do the same thing every single day for 6 weeks that I havent been super dedicated either.

So, I spoke with a friend who had tried Insanity. I will admit, I am intimidated by it…I have never been very athletic and jumping too much hurts my knees (wrong shoes??). Anyhow, she was convinced that nothing works as well as this, so I decided to give it a shot.

Insanity is a, well, insane program with Max Interval Cardio training (interval training turned upside down- with most of the training at your maximum and the “intervals” are your breaks) that pushes your limits. What pleases me so far is that it does not require any additional¬†paraphernalia. So getting the videos and the guide is it. No weights, bands, pull up bars etc etc.

Now that I’ve gotten the videos, I am all set. And nervous. VERY nervous. I am starting with the Fit Test today….I will write here regularly about how its going, just to hold myself accountable that little bit more…..

Summer beaches, here I come!!