Eat Well, Live Well, Why it's good to have fun with food (& life)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Bars! + Having Fun with Food

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Hi my Lovelies!

How are you this weekend?

I dreamed up these Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Bars when I was walking around in my local supermarket store and walked by a bag of pretzels. I picked up the bag and couldn’t shake of the image of these pretzels swimming in dark chocolate heaven. Yum.

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Did you ever play with food?

Sometimes I like to take a break and have a random wander around the supermarket. Have any of you ever done that? Especially, the snack section. It takes me back to my childhood memories, consolidated in aluminum wrapped wagon wheels marshmallows in the middle of 2 chocolate biscuits, swimming goldfish crackers, oreos, shortbread animal biscuits with pink lime green frosting, Pocky sticks… I remember I used to drink hot chocolate using a chocolate hazelnut cylinder shaped wafer as a straw and being (sort of) disappointed when the wafer would dissolve into the hot chocolate. Then, shortly after trying again slurping the hot cocoa with wafer straw. I would repeat this gleeful scenario until my mom eventually took away the can of wafer straws and got mad at me for leaving crumbs all over the dinner table.

I think over time as we grew older, we became too serious with food. I know I definitely did. There was a period not too long ago when I was fixated on controlling my weight with food or how it can help me run longer, or what is the portion of greens we ‘should’ be having on a daily basis. I got stressed out when I went over my calorie intake, and eating a store bought cookie brought me to tears.

I learned to slowly loosen my grip on food during my recovery days and learned to have fun with it again.  Our bodies know how much and what it needs to feel good to eat. When we can focus on the present, on enjoying and having fun the food that we’re eating at- be it a cookie, our favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream, and living in the moment, we can release the anxiety, worry at the possibility of what might happen.

We shouldn’t feel afraid of food, because it’s not really the food we fear, it’s the possibility of what food can do to our bodies. The possibility that we have trained our minds to believe that food can make us fat, when in most parts it can’t. We didn’t have any of these fears when we were a kid. We loved playing with our food and experimenting with it. We know which foods or snacks we liked and knew which foods we didn’t like. We didn’t judge ourselves for it, and we shouldn’t judge ourselves now for eating the foods that feels good to us. Our bodies are different, and some of us might thrive on being a vegan, or going paleo, and some of us might need eggs, chicken, fish, bread, cheese. We shouldn’t restrict ourselves to a certain diet, we should be able to feel free to experiment with the food that we eat like when we were kids.

How about life?

I feel that life was a lot simpler when we were kids. With all of these job applications, I’ve been thinking too much about the future and overcome with so much worry, that it’s become paralyzing to live in the moment some days. When we were kids, we didn’t think too much about where our food was going to come from and we didn’t think too much about what’s going to happen in the near future. When we were kids, we were so absorbed in making the most of the moment, having fun in it that we weren’t overcome with worry. Life didn’t instill fear in us. We simply lived because we were alive. As kids, we wanted to have fun with things, experiment with them, and didn’t concern ourselves if things went wrong or right. I think if we can treat anything we do in life as an experiment, to try things out, to not be concerned if it goes wrong or right to live in the moment- we can be less overcome with worry and have more fun with life. I’m beginning to learn that nothing is permanent in life, even though things may happen to us in life- those things are not us. They do not define us.

 

I had a lot of fun when I was making these Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars. It reminded me of eating Reeses’s Peanut Butter Cups when I was a kid. They’re simple to make, no-bake, dump all in one bowl, and chill in the fridge.  They make a really good snack in mid afternoon or after dinner dessert- to satisfy your chocolate or maybe childhood nostalgic cravings.

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Recipe

Makes 9 Bars

 

For the BARS

1 cup of wholewheat pretzels (plus more for decorating on top)

1 1/2 cup salted peanut butter (smooth or crunchy, your choice)

1 1/2 cup oats

A splash of almond milk

 

For the CHOCOLATE LAYER

1 chocolate bar (350 grams)

2  heaped Tbsp coconut oil

A pinch of salt

 

Instructions

1. With your hands, roughly crush the pretzels, combine it in a large bowl along with the oats. If your peanut butter is not salted, add a pinch of salt to the mix. Add a splash of almond milk to help combine the mixture together if it seems dry.

2. Press down the peanut butter oatmeal pretzel mixture into a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Chill it in the fridge.

3. Over a pot of hot water, cut up the chocolate bar into a bowl (or a smaller pan) and melt the chocolate. As it starts to melt, combine the coconut oil with the chocolate so that it helps water down the chocolate enough to pour. Add a pinch of salt.

4. Pour over the chocolate over the bar, spread it out evenly using a spatula or a wide knife.

5. Tap down the pan over the table so that the chocolate evens the surface out and lets out the air bubbles.

6. Decorate the surface with pretzels, if you like. Then, chill it 4 hours up to overnight in the fridge.

7. Slice up the bars any size you like. Even mini bite size ones.

 

peanut-butter-chocolate-pretzel-bars-having-fun-with-food peanut-butter-chocolate-pretzel-bars-having-fun-with-food I felt I was reconnecting with an inner child when I was making these.

Let’s stop living in fear in the possibility.  Believing in fear becomes a habit, and we don’t have to listen to it. Let’s learn to live in the moment. Let’s loosen our grip on focusing too much on what food can for us- how many vitamins a broccoli has- and let’s enjoy the act of making, creating, eating food.

Much more than food- Life has so much to offer us in its moments. Let’s let go of trying to make things right or being concerned in the possibility that it might go wrong. Let’s have the courage to take more chances in life and to just have fun with it.

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Share with me in the comments below, I would love to know and connect with you!

I hope you enjoyed the recipe and the post! I also hope it reminds you that food is there to have fun, enjoy, and nourish ourselves with so that we can live our lives to the fullest.

 

Much love,

Gaby

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3 Comments

  1. Berta.karaim@gmail.com'

    Wow! You’re so creative – these bars look like the perfect combination of salty pretzels and peanut butter and sweet chocolate!!
    I’ve always been taught that playing with food is wrong because it shows a lack of gratitude for it, but your words have got me thinking in the opposite direction 😉
    I certainly play with food often – pretty much most mornings because I love making fancy breakfasts for my sisters and I, regardless of whether I Instagram them or not 🙂

    • Hi Berta! So sorry for just getting back to you! Thank you! I’m glad you like the bars and that I was able to show you another perspective in why it’s good to ‘play’ with our food! Making fancy breakfasts are the best, i love doing them too! <3

  2. Berta.karaim@gmail.com'

    Don’t worry about taking some time to reply, I completely understand and I’m glad that you take the time to do reply 🙂

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