Lunchbox Granola Bars
Contributed by: NAPSA
Celebrate World Heart Day With Workplace Wellness
(NAPSA) - Many of us spend about 60 percent of our waking hours at work, so workplace habits like being active and eating a diet low in saturated fat are critical for overall health. Embrace workplace wellness with these easy, heart-smart tips:
- Pack it up. Packing a lunch instead of eating out lets you control calories and money while incorporating healthy ingredients such as canola oil and canola mayonnaise.
- Step away from the desk. No matter how busy your day, take a short break at lunch to recharge.
- Plan ahead for leftovers. Prepare larger, healthy meals for dinner to have leftovers for work.
- Get moving. Take a walk at lunch, take the stairs, get off the bus a few blocks earlier or park your car farther away.
- Team up. Partner with a co-worker to commit to a nutrition and fitness plan.
- Break for water. The American Heart Association recommends six to eight glasses of water a day.
- Laugh for life. Minimize stress with laughter.
- Power up. Get an afternoon boost from healthy snacks like these homemade granola bars:
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup raisins or chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Grease 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Combine oats, flour, flaxseed, sugar, cinnamon, raisins, sunflower seeds and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and set aside. Combine honey, egg, oil, applesauce and vanilla in a small bowl. Add to dry ingredients; mix.
Pat evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool 5 minutes, then cut while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting or they will be hard to cut.
Find more information and recipes at www.canolainfo.org.
Serving Size: Makes 24 Servings
Nutritional Information: Per Serving: Calories, 150; Total Fat, 6g; Saturated Fat, 0.5g; Cholesterol, 10mg; Sodium, 55mg; Carbohydrates, 22g; Fiber, 3g; Protein, 3g.