No one is more familiar with the 3 o’clock slump than a busy mom who’s been up all night with a sick child or newborn, or up early with a preschooler who seems to think 5 a.m. is the perfect time to play Star Wars.
Often we’ll reach for an afternoon cup of coffee or tea, or even candy bar or other sweet snack to tide us over and keep us alert for the next few hours, through dinner, bath and story time and ultimately bedtime. Next time you’re feeling the slump, I suggest snacking on a few medjool dates; they offer up that sweetness than you may be craving (to me they’re even more sweet than chocolate) and have many health benefits.
Medjool Dates are a high in fiber to help keep you fuller longer to keep cravings at bay, they also regulate blood sugar and are high in potassium if you’re battling those nighttime restless legs as well. What I love most in the afternoons is the burst of energy they give me and the fact that I know eating them will help me absorb the iron in my other foods as they’re very high in copper. If you’re not eating dates as part of your regular diet, I recommend adding them to your smoothies (video below) OR making your own homemade fruit, date and nut bars (instructions below)
I love, love, love bars, especially on the go – Larabar rate right up there as one of my favorites! They’re packaged and pretty natural when you buy them boxed, but sometimes you just want ‘fresher, fresh” and these are super-fresh, super-easy, super-raw and delicious. Did I mention they were easy?
Grab your ingredients – I chose medjool dates (this is always the base I use in these bars) chia seeds, coconut, dried berries, cacao nibs and almonds. Measurements are just whatever looks good to you. Just pile everything up onto your plate after it’s been chopped enough to your liking. Flatten everything out onto wax paper and shape, wrap and refrigerate overnight. Cut into bars, or squares, then just wrap in saran wrap or an airtight container, store in fridge and grab and go when you want!