So here we are. In San Clemente. All moved in to our adorable beach bungalow. Check out our deck…
This place is heavenly and we couldn’t have asked for a more awesome apartment. Well, that’s not true. It would have been even radder if they allowed us to have a dog. But, you know, c’est la vie.
In family foodie news, the hubs is getting his “lo-carb” on and I’m trying to implement a little protocol I like to call “The Clean Slate”. Cute, huh? I’m trying to come up with a short-term dietary intervention for people who need to get back to basics, clean up house, yada yada…
I’ve found that with my history of clean eating, I can definitely tell when foods are or are not serving me well. I can also tell you that straight “paleo” doesn’t work for everyone. It certainly wasn’t a cure-all for me. I have a wonky digestive system which keeps me on the straight and narrow paleo path… most of the time. When I divert from the good stuff for too long, I can definitely feel a difference in my digestion, my skin, my moods, my energy, etc. All I have to do is get back to what I know works and keep it real with my food and lifestyle choices. I figure there are probably other people out there who could benefit from a structured intervention aimed at improving digestion, ramping up metabolism, and resetting the adrenals. So, The Clean Slate it is! I’ll be releasing more specs once I program it out completely.
In other news, this snack is neither lo-carb, nor is it acceptable on The Clean Slate. If you do not care about either of those two things, then get to it cause they’re yummy!
Raw Apple Pie Bars
3/4 c. walnuts
1/4 c. golden raisins
1/2 package of New Zealand Dried Apples (trader joes, about a cup and a half)
7-10 medjool dates, pitted
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 – 3/4 tsp. sea salt (to taste)
- In a food processor, add walnuts, apples, golden raisins, and 5 dates. Process until well-ground.
- Add cinnamon and salt, blend well.
- Add more dates until mixture begins to get sticky. You want to be able to press it into bars and not have it crumble apart.
- Press mixture into a square or rectangular plastic container.
- Let it firm in the fridge for an hour.
- Release the bar mix from the plastic container (kind of like releasing ice from an ice tray) onto a cutting board and cut into 8 squares.