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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Red Quinoa & Carrot Salad


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

Sometimes you just want a warm winter salad when the temperature drops. The red quinoa is a nice pop, and reminds me of fall, but you can use any kind of quinoa you might have on hand.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Add in more good stuff! Pepitas, nuts of various kinds, dried fruit, hemp hearts. You can hide a lot in this salad!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Peanut Butter Cranberry Protein Bites


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

I'm so glad I decided to make these, they're such a great snack for after (or before) Barre, and are crazy easy to make...they don't even need to be cooked or baked!

Basically, you can substitute or add in some other things. If you don’t want cranberries, you can put in dried cherries or blueberries. Dates are also optional but are a good call.
Can add more maple syrup if you want it sweeter…

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Make sure you use organic peanut butter so you don't have tons of added sugar in there (can use almond butter if you want). 

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Make approx. 8-10 (can be doubled)

INGREDIENTS:

- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 2 small dates
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- pinch of sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until combined.

Roll into balls approx. an inch in size.

Can be kept in the fridge for about a week or frozen for about a month.

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Let us know if you make this recipe by posting it on instagram or twitter and using the #LiveBarreLife hashtag! And if there are any specific meals, fruits, veggies, or meats, you'd like to see on the blog!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Farro Salad with Dried Cranberries, Golden Raisins & Pistachios


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

Winter salads are some of my favourites, you get a kick of fruit (be it dried), and nuts for crunch, and the base possibilities are endless. I had some farro grains kicking around and went looking for a recipe to work with.

I combined a few ideas and tweaked the ingredients a bit (and debated making it a breakfast bowl), and landed with this mixture. Feel free to substitute the nuts for whatever you have on hand (walnut might be a good alternative), and regular raisins for golden, or apricots for the cranberries. This is an easy one to work with what's in the cupboards.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

There's not much more you can do to this salad to make it even healthier, but you can always pack it with even more good stuff. Allergies? Go nut free. Gluten free? Try quinoa instead of farro. You could even wilt some spinach and stick it in there or throw in a handful of chickpeas!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Vegan & Gluten Free Granola Bars


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

The latest Barre Body Fitness Challenge is on and I'm excited to bring you guys some great recipes to make while you stay fit. Fitting in the number of classes is one thing, but fuelling your body is a challenge in itself...so I decided that start with an healthy granola bar that you can make (and even freeze!) and take with you for before or after your workouts!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:
It's hard to get much healthier than a recipe full of raw ingredients like this, but feel free to switch it up! Don't like cranberries? Swap for dried cherries. Try different kinds of nuts. Keep it healthy, but make sure you enjoy what you're eating!

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