Ok, so my bathroom counter literally looks like a really bad “Buy One Get One Free” sale in the cosmetics section at Walgreens.
Hoarders would beg me for an episode if they took two steps toward my sink.
There is eye shadow from I swear to God.. at least 5 years ago… moisturizer for oily skin… moisturizer for dry skin… moisturizer for the wrinkles I don’t have but that Lancome has promised me I will within the year… body lotions… hair gels… hair conditioners… and more!
I run myself through the latest fads in beauty care but the number one thing that is always guaranteed to work is….good nutrition. But really guys! If you’re wondering why your hair is breaking or your skin is looking a little dull, think about what you’re doing every day. Late night work events? Running through the drive-thru at 5am trying to beat rush hour?? It all adds up and takes a toll on not just how we feel, but how our pretty little faces look too :)
Life is unavoidable, we get busy and shortcuts are a must – which is why I enlisted the help of my BFF and resident dietitian, Ashley, to help me come up with a quick and delicious (seriously I’ve already had two of these today while taking their pics…) recipe that packs all the essential nutrients we need for strong and glowing hair, skin, and nails.
These little protein packed bars are full of Iron, Vitamin A, B,C, D, E, Omega-3s, Selenium, Zinc, Copper, Biotin, Riboflavin, and Calcium!
If you want to know more about the specific vitamins, or have any other questions about how we can feed our gorgeous locks, tweet Ashley at @AshleyMcGinnRD, #AskAshley
These are deliciously chewy – honey almond power bars. I love the texture the puffed cereal gives them and same with the cherry cherries and berries.
Yields 10 bars
Bars will keep fresh in an airtight container for to 1 week, or frozen up to 1 month.
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon flaxseeds
- 2 tablespoons wheat germ
- 1 cup unsweetened whole-grain puffed cereal (I used Arrowhead Mills brand, Kashi has some too)
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 2 tablespoons dried blueberries
- 1/4 cup creamy almond butter
- 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Lightly grease an 8×8 pan with cooking spray.
- Combine oats, walnuts, flaxseeds, wheat germ, cereal, and dried fruit in a large bowl.
- Combine almond butter, sugar, honey, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low, stirring frequently until lightly bubbling; 2-5 minutes.
- Immediately pour almond butter mixture over oat mixture and carefully mix with a rubber spatula or spoon.
- Gently press mixture into prepared pan, smoothing the top evenly. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Cut into 10 bars.