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Planked + Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars Recipe + The Weight of the Nation

{Rainie}

Tuesday got started with an intense exercise class with Molly. It's our usual Tuesday class and I can't tell you enough how important it is to have accountability partners! No matter how much I enjoy getting my workout done by 6:30 a.m., I would rarely do it without these girls! I am so thankful for friends that help make fitness fun! We did a lot of planks, which are not fun.


My first course of breakfast was a chocolate protein shake which consists of one frozen banana, 1/2 cup of water and 1 scoop chocolate protein powder. 


Today marks the beginning of JT's birthday month, so last night I baked some cinnamon apple breakfast bars to start it off right! I had one for my second course of breakfast this morning and it was delicious (Recipe below photo). Check out my new Alabama dish cloth from Virginia! Isn't is adorable? Alabama Goods is a store specializing in all things Alabama, I mean, down to the tissue paper...which had cute little cotton buds on it. 



Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars

Ingredients:
  • 1 very ripened banana
  • 1/3 cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar 
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 medium apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  1. In a large bowl, mash the banana with a fork.
  2. Add the brown sugar and the butter or oil, and mix all three ingredients well.
  3. In a smaller bowl, mix the dry ingredients and the apples ( flour, oats, apples, baking soda, salt, cinnamon).
  4. Pour the dry mixture into the sugar mixture until well combined. 
  5. Coat an 8x8 pan with cooking spray and spread mixture evenly into the pan, mashing a little to firm the mixture. 
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until edges are golden.

Moving on-- 
lunch was eaten in a freezing meeting and was less than exciting, but I needed to use my veggies before they ruined. 


I love summer tomatoes and tomatoes, cucumbers, and red wine vinegar is on of my favorite ways to eat them. This really wasn't enough for lunch so it isn't even blog worthy... I needed some protein! I was going to eat yogurt and an apple after our meeting but due to sub zero meeting room temperatures, I grabbed a Starbucks nonfat flat white with Kathleen and got busy back in clinic so I forgot to eat the rest of my lunch and snack! (Who am I?!)

After work I headed to Jasper where I met JT at Chick Fil A. When we got there, he told me to just get in his truck because he wanted to show me something. We took our dinner (I had the Grilled Market Salad) to a spot where they started working today, a new dog park in Jasper! He has talked about it for a while now, but they just got started so it was fun to see the beginning stages. Jasper is growing little, by little and I love any new form of running ground! It was really fun to pause for a minute and eat a picnic dinner with JT. I had 3 especially great things happen to me yesterday (yes, all in one day!) so the whole way Jasper I was thanking God for his blessings and couldn't wait to share them with JT!


Finally, we headed to Cordova to watch my little sister play volleyball. The girls did a wonderful job and Janey had around 5 kills herself! 


They won!


I took her home and spent a little family time before heading back to Bham. 

On a side note:

If you have time today, watch The Weight of the Nation from HBO. A friend told me about it and I had to share because it's just so informative and useful! I have watched a lot of documentaries on this topic and this is by far one of the best. It's a free series that explores America's weight problem and explains the medical consequences of obesity so well. 

Do you recommend any documentaries?


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