We're off again! Road Trip #2 of the summer.
This time we'll be making our way up a few states to the Table Rock Lakes area of southern Missouri.
It's the Kenney Family Reunion 2012. There will be dozens of cousins, 2nd cousins, and extended family to meet and greet.
We've been working on turning our diets around this summer and have taken ourselves off of many processed foods...
Road trips, however, present the typical difficulties of eating to excess that test our abilities to stay healthy and strong.
I was trying to come up with ideas for snacks that we could pack in the car with us. We would need something that feels like road food.
It needs to have chocolate.
It needs to be chewy and feel naughty
It...needs to be feel "bad"!!
Looking for inspiration (for baaaad but healthy bad food) on the web, I came across these homemade granola bars made by Suzanne at 'Strands of My life' blog.
I decided these would be our "road food" of choice. They are chewy sweet granola bars and they are packed with many of the foods that we are stocking in our pantry these days.
These granola bars are bound together with pumpkin puree and applesauce. I saw the inclusion of 1 cup of brown sugar. I didn't want to use a full cup of brown sugar so I reduced it to 1/2 cup of stevia instead. I thought they came out well.
All in all, I think these little guys will keep us from making pit-stops to get gas and then coming out of the quick stop with sweets that would be poor choices in terms of nutrition.
Small changes. Each week, we are trying to make small changes by taking out a processed ingredient and looking for a replacement.
Oh, we're still going to indulge alright. I'll never give up my fresh brioche out of the oven, nor my sinful cinnamon rolls dripping with cream cheese frosting, or our homemade pasta...
...but maybe we won't indulge quite so often...as has been our history!
Dark Chocolate and Dried Cranberry Pumpkin Granola Bars
(recipe from 'Strands of My Life' blog)