Granola Bars: The good Bad and Ugly

 

 

Granola bars are easy, fast snacks that we can bring on the go to school, sports, hiking, and friends houses. And, they are considered a healthy snack, which they CAN be if the right ingredients are put in them. A lot of the time though, they are a candy bar with a more appealing label.

Those kinds of granola bars are the ones that you definitely want to stay away from. They are filled with chemicals, refined sugars, and high fructose corn syrup! Not something that you want to be eating as a healthy snack, that we are using for energy.

Luckily, there are companies out there who make some really good ones, and ones that are better than others. 

Here are a list of ones that are NOT as good to eat:

  1. Nature Valley
  2. Fiber One
  3. Chewy
  4. Power Bars

Here are some BETTER ones:

  1. Cliff
  2. Luna
  3. Kashi
  4. Soy Joy
  5. Annies
  6. Cascadian Farms

The BEST:

  1. Kind bars
  2. Raw Revolution

Kind bars are my absolute favorite bars! I usually stick with the raw fruit and nuts ones, and not the chocolate ones, but hey, if you want chocolate eat it! They are sweetened with honey, and contain no preservatives are chemical crap!

What are your favorite bars?

 

Go With The Flow

In life, there are so many rules that we are “supposed” to follow. Don’t put your elbows on the table, stand in line, do your homework, don’t talk over others. And when it comes the being “healthy” and losing “weight” there are a whole other set of rules that we are supposed to follow. But the even more confusing part of that is that everyone pretty much has their own version of the rules that we are supposed to follow.

Be a vegetarian. Be a vegan. Don’t eat meat. Only eat meat. No dairy. Raw milk diet. No carbs. No fat all carbs.

My gosh even thinking about it makes me want to scream! What the heck are we supposed to do? It has taken me 4 years to figure it out. And the secret that I have found is simple:

Eat healthy. Yep thats it. 

Now what is healthy? Foods found in the ground, homemade wholesome ingredients, lean meats, some grains. A balanced diet. No deprivation, no suffering. It’s soooo much easier too. No stress, and no mess.

Do you guys struggle with knowing how to eat? Let me know!

No More #FEAR

You know that feeling that you get when something is really scary? That sinking, shocked, catatonic, and yet at the same time excited feeling that runs through your vains? You do? Me too. But personally, I hate that feeling.

I have never liked being scared, whether it was my friends big sister popping out of a corner saying “BOO!”, or scary movies and haunted houses. It’s a very uncomfortable and weird place for me to be. Yet other people, like several of my old friends, absolutely LOVED that feeling! They would watch scary movies all the time, visit every haunted house, and do dumb things that they knew would just scare the crap out of them. I never understood it. Why would they purposefully do something that made them scared? I thought that they were idiots, for lack of a better word.

But I realized something recently that made me feel like an idiot too. I shy away from things that I think might make me scared or uncomfortable, which makes me miss out on a lot of opportunities. For me, being a shy person, hanging out with big groups of people has always freaked me out. What if they don’t like me? I don’t do the same things they do, so will they think I am weird? What if they are mean? I am always worried about what other people might think of me. And how absolutely dumb is that?

Everyone is always going to have their own opinion, and to them that opinion is the right one. Somebody might think that Meryl Streep is a horrible actress, while others think she is a genius. (I go into that category!) And to both of those different groups of people, they are right.

So why should a person care what other people think of them if they know the truth? I know that I am a fun, outgoing, and cool person. (Not being full of myself, I just know my true personality) But because I am afraid other people won’t like me, I come off as a slightly bratty -keep to myself type of person. Which isn’t true.

Basically, I am afraid of being me in public. Which honestly goes against everything I stand for. I’m all about being yourself, trying new things, and being smart but carefree. But I don’t act that way. Interesting huh? Its kind of that do I as I say not what I do type of thing. Well, I am going to start taking my own advice.

Starting now I am going to focus on having NO FEAR! No fear of the unexpected, peoples judgments, or new adventures. I am going to be young, free, and happy!

What’s your fear? How are you going to overcome it?

 

Sierra

Knowing YOUR Body

 

 

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Everyone wants to know the perfect diet plan, the magical food formula that is finally going to help them lose weight and get the body that they have always wanted. ESPECIALLY us as teens. We see pictures in magazines, on TV, and in movies, and we think to ourselves, THAT is what I want to look like. What do they do, and how can I do it too?

Well they have trainers, chefs, coaches, and surgeons. So lets get that on the table right now. However, there is one thing that they do that we can do to and that is to know what our body needs.

Every body is unique, which means that one diet plan may work wonders for your friend, and then you try it and it doesn’t do anything. What we have to do is figure out what works for our individual body, metabolism, and schedule. Now there are guidelines, like don’t eat fast foods and processed foods. that’s more common sense, but when it comes to truly getting your body the nutrients that it needs, that’s a whole other story.

Now I know that this information can be disappointing. Either you were expecting me to tell you the secret formula or you have heard this said over and over a million times. But let me tell you, from personal experience trying tons of diets and fads, they do. not. work. You absolutely HAVE to know what your body needs! 

One thing that I have personally found is that when I eat a healthy balanced diet, I don’t think about how many grams of fat, etc, and I only eat when I am truly hungry, thats when I do my best. I can’t eat 5 small meals a day otherwise I’ll just end up eating 5 full meals because it looks good. But for you it may be the complete opposite, you may need to eat 5 small meals a day or you can’t focus. See? It’s all individual.

Here is another thing that I want you guys to think of too: Just because your friend can eat whatever they want and not gain an ounce does not mean that they are healthy, or “lucky”.  Eventually all that crap in their food is going to catch up with them. Even if it’s not weight wise, disease wise it will. 

What I really want you to take from this is that if you eat healthy, and in a way that suits you, you will be just fine. I know you have probably heard this before, but from a teen to a teen, it works. Those adults actually know what they are talking about when they say this. Crazy huh?

Keep eating healthy, exercising, and doing things that make YOU happy!

Love You Beautiful!

Sierra

Back and ready for #Spring!

Hey guys! Sorry I have been MIA for a while, been super busy for me! Lot’s of family and personal things going down… not going to get into detail, just wanted to let you know I haven’t forgotten about you! 

I’m sitting here writing OUTSIDE with the birds chirping and the sun shining, and let me tell you that it is completely awesome to be able to hang outside. It feels like spring is on it’s way! Spring brings a whole lot of things, flowers, rain, shorts, tank tops, and the need to sit poolside and drink fruity teas and drinks all day. Sounds heavenly to me I don’t know about you!

From talking to a lot of other teens, I have realized that many of us our nervous for spring because it brings, well, lets say less clothing to cover up all those baked yummy goods we have been eating during the winter. Well lucky for you, there is still time to whip yourself into the shape that allows you to feel comfortable in shorts, tank tops, and soon enough bikinis!

Ive been eating super clean, lots of veggies and protein, limited fruit, and have been exercising every day for an hour or two. (How ever long I can on any particular day). I don’t know if i have “lost weight” because I don’t weigh myself, but my clothes definitely fit better, and I am feeling a lot more comfortable. Which, in the grand scheme of things is what really matters.

What have you all been doing to get ready for spring? Let me know in the comments below!