Superfood Energy Bars

Superfood Energy Bars
Superfood Bars

Superfoods are all the rage! But are they actually super?!

All vegetables, fruits and plant foods are truly “super foods” in terms of their potential health benefits and help with weight management.

Because of our global society, plant-based gems from across the globe are now available in our everyday grocery stores. These foods offer concentrated amounts of nutrients including antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, fiber, protein, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, just to name a few.

How do you provide super foods to your family?

The key is keeping it simple.  I love to make these bars because you can easily substitute ingredients based on what you already have on hand. Plus, it’s a one bowl, easy clean up, fast but healthy snack.  That’s a win-win in our household!!

Enjoy these superfood bars for breakfast, snack or an after dinner treat.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup cashews
1/2 cup gluten free oats
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 Tbsp. almond butter
1 Tbsp. chia seeds

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Hemp Hearts
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

 

Directions:

  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Chop nuts
  3. Let almond butter come to room temperature if stored in refrigerator.
  4. Add all ingredients to bowl and mix well.
  5. Spread onto parchment paper. Use plastic wrap in hands to help spread out mixture.
  6. Cover baking sheet with plastic wrap.
  7. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  8. Cut into shapes

Yield: about 5 bars

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Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN is a senior clinical nutritionist for Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cancer Care, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston, MA. Together with her husband, Dr. Russell Kennedy, PsyD, they have a private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC, that sculpts individualized plans for weight management, disease prevention and management and to promote longevity. Stacy is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and Integrative Nutritionist with the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies. Stacy also serves as project manager and lead writer for Nutrition Services content on the Dana-Farber Web site www.dana-farber.org/nutrition and affiliated app. Stacy is regularly featured in TV, radio and print media. Stacy is featured in the award winning documentary films, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and FSND2, www.fatsickandnearlydead.com and works as the Lead Nutritionist for its affiliated company Reboot with Joe. Stacy was a key member of the start-up team who opened and operated Stacy’s Juicebar in Needham, MA. Kennedy created and oversaw execution of the menu and cleanse program (2013-2014). Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist and works in private practice to help her clients get results with simple, healthy eating strategies. Stacy received a B.S. in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Stacy lectures on nutrition, weight loss, exercise and wellness behaviors to local schools, medical professionals and graduate universities. She has two sons, three dogs and lives in Wellesley, MA, just outside of Boston. Stacy enjoys cooking, juicing, hiking and yoga.