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Cherry Rosemary Quinoa Granola

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Growing up, ‘granola’ was a bad word in my book.  It brought back memories of a health food store in Oak Park, IL that I would rather have forgotten.  It was a typical mid-1980’s health food store, with that universal musty carob powder and B vitamins smell.  My mother would drag me inside to peruse the rows of bulk dry goods, the canisters with wan-looking yogurt-covered pretzels pressed their waxy faces against the insides of their jars in a way that reminded me of abandoned puppies. And there was a frozen yogurt machine in the corner that dispensed pure disappointment in the form of a soul-crushingly tart and icy ‘alternative soft serve’.

To the eyes of an adult, there clearly was some kind of appeal here, but much like the Iran-Contra affair, this was something my six-year-old self was unable to fathom.

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Healthy Snacks: Apricot Truffles

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There was a time when I mainly jogged in the morning, thinking it was a great way to start my day.  There’s crisp new air, chilly dew… you can almost hear the neighborhood cracking its joints with a sleepy stretch and every sound has a tiny echo for a lack of competition.

But then I discovered dusk.  Maybe there’s something about working from home that makes it feel so good to close my computer and literally run out the door.  Running away from the haze of a day where I am just a name in a directory that ends in “@yourcompany.com”.  I remember I’m a person again.  My music, my heartbeat and the thump of my legs that have been itching to get out of a seated position… they all bring me back to myself.

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Healthy Snacks: Whole Wheat Sesame Crackers

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So maybe you’re wondering why someone would make their own crackers when you can obviously buy them at practically anywhere that sells things resembling food (grocery stores, gas stations, vending machines!)?  Well, obviously fresh things usually taste better.  Crackers are just one of those things.  Like canned soup vs. homemade.  Once you make your own, you start to wonder how those stale little boxes ever made it into your pantry.  Plus, it’s ridiculously simple to make your own and then you also know exactly what went into them.

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Healthy Snacks: Mediterranean White Bean Spread

I’m starting the new year off with beans!

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After trying about 100 different openings for this post, that is the sentence I landed on. Clearly I was never one for a fashionable entrance.  The reason I’m starting out the year with the lovely legumes is simple: beans are tasty, they’re generally thought to be good for you and simple to make.  If you’re starting out the year searching for easy, healthy snacks that go along with your resolution, beans are your guys.  In this instance, bean spread is your guy, but you get the idea.

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