Oh man, I was so happy to change my infusion site this morning. I did NOT like having it set up on my butt cheek at all. I kept worrying every time I changed my clothes, or went to the washroom, or even when I was just sitting down, that I was gonna somehow rip it out again. And when I did pull it out, the canula was all munched up and bent over like a twisted up tree! So yeah, I’m thinking I’m gonna be sticking with the belly sites for awhile, and hopefully I’ll be able to figure out a way to make them work with my cycling.
So the other day, when I was at one of the health food stores nearby, I bought two Whole Food Vega Vibarancy bars on impulse (yes, I am one of those shoppers … I used to drive my mom nuts throwing things into the shopping cart, and now I drive Mario nuts picking everything up while standing in the checkout lines). I was really hoping that I wouldn’t fall in love with the bars as they’re like $3.50 a pop, but I did, oh-my-goodness did I ever! They were sooooo tasty, even better than my chocolate-infused granola bars, and not much beats chocolate in my world. When I bit into the first bar, for my mid-morning snack yesterday, it was all wholesome fruity goodness, no artificial flavours, totally raw, superfruits, yummmm! AND it kept me full right until lunch, which rarely ever happens. But again, $3.50 a pop! After looking at the ingredients, though, I figured hey, I could probably make my own version of fruity goodness. How hard could it possibly be?
Not very hard at all.
Princess Fruity Goodness
• 1/4 c. flax meal
• 1 1/2 c. fig paste (I didn’t have dates, so I made it from figs, and I love figs so it worked out perfectly for me)
• 1 c. chopped figs
• 1 c. chopped dried turkish apricots
• 1 c. almonds
• 1 c. hazelnuts
• 1 c. pumpkin seeds
• 1 c. flax seed
• 1/2 c. agave nectar
To make fig paste, put about 12 dried figs in a bowl of boiling hot water, set aside for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Chop nuts and seeds together in a blender.
Mix all ingredients together except the flax meal.
In a 8.5″ x 12.5″cake pan, sprinkle bottom of pan with half of the flax meal. Pour mixture evenly into pan. Sprinkle remaining flax meal on top of the mixture. Press down firmly.
Chill for 1 hour. Cut into bars.
Wrap bars in Saran wrap.
*** An estimated 15-17 grams of carbs per bar ***