Mindful About Snacking?

When you are following a healthy eating plan, hunger and cravings are probably your biggest barrier to success. When hunger or cravings strike, willpower can disappear and leave you reaching for unhealthy snacks like chocolate, cookie, candy, or chips. Therefore you may notice that you are not losing weight despite your best effort of eating healthy and working out.

If weight loss, or muscle gain is a matter you want to be mindful about, then reaching for a healthy snack will keep you on the right track. PLUS...great news is just because it's healthy and satisfying doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste. This energy bar is tasty, healthy, convenient still satisfying with it's easily digestible calories and natural sugars.

Making your own energy bars can be a fun and easy way to not only enjoy what you are eating but help you stick to your diet because they help stop hungry pains and cravings dead in their tracks.

Many commercially prepared foods are high in fat, salt, sugar and preservatives. The side effect of food preservatives can range from weight gain to chronic heart and brain diseases.
When we prepare our own food, we know exactly which ingredients, and how much of each, are going into our food.

Cooking at home can jump-start your healthy lifestyle! By discovering healthy recipes, learning about food, creating and sticking to a meal plan, you and your family can be inspired to living a healthy fit life.

If you buy energy or protein bars from the grocery store it may be a convenient, but they are not necessarily conveniently priced. You can potentially save money by buying an entire box of 12 or 24, but if you purchase one bar at a time, you could be paying up to two dollars, or more, just for one bar!

Homemade energy bars are made with your choice of nuts and dried fruits, this way you can avoid any allergies, intolerances or overall dislikes  you have by making them yourself.

No-Bake-Date Energy Bars

Nutrient Information:

Yields: 12 servings. Per Serving: Calories: 270; Carbs 36g; Fat: 13g; Protein: 5g; Fiber: 6g; sugar 23g.

Tips:

  • If using fresh coconut, crack open to remove the white meat inside then shred in a food processor
  • Using your hands instead of a spatula makes it easier to control while mixing. Try rubbing some coconut oil in your hands before mixing to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands.
  • Place plastic wrap down on the baking sheet before spreading the mixture to allow easier removal of the bars after they have set and cooled.

Ingredient Facts:

  • Dates (or Prunes) Bringing natural sweetness to these energy bars, dates also act as the binder to these bars. Look for whole, large Medjool dates in the produce section of your grocery store. These usually contain pits, so make sure to remove them before adding them to your food processor. Some homemade energy bar recipes suggest soaking the dates to soften before adding them to the food processor, but we found that step unnecessary plus made the bars too sticky. Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals, energy, sugar, and fiber plus contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
  • Oats Due to their high fiber content and antioxidant compounds, oats are unique as they can help remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the bloodstream.

  • Coconut and Coconut Oil Using coconut oil adds natural saturated fats in to your diet. Saturated fats not only increase healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also helps convert the LDL, “bad” cholesterol, into good cholesterols. Increasing the HDL's in the body helps promote heart health, and lower the risk of heart disease. Using fresh coconut meat helps to restore oxidative tissue damage and contains a source of healthy fats, proteins, and various vitamins and minerals.

  • Seeds High in fiber, vitamin E and monounsaturated fats, seeds can help keep our hearts healthy and improve our immune system as well as provide great sources of protein, minerals, zinc and other life-enhancing nutrients.

Enjoy & Happy Eating! Check the blog often for #mindfuleating recipes. 

Welcome Kathleen Keegan!

Having taught yoga classes and yoga teacher trainings for over 10 years, Kathleen brings amazing knowledge of anatomy and modifications to her sequencing in order to create a positive movement experience for every client, no matter the level of experience. 

Grateful to be able to share the positive benefits of yoga to all those who take her classes, Kathleen is also an avid traveler.

With her favorite destination being Jamaica, she enjoys brining the relaxed and easy going island culture to the Milwaukee yoga scene to provide an escape from the everyday grind.

Her love of yoga shines brightly through her teaching style, and if you want to start your mornings off feeling centered, energized and at peace, you will love her Morning Yoga Flow, which is now on our class schedule.

Want a Sneak Peak of one of Kathleen's Classes?

Check out our newest video below of one of Kathleen's Morning Yoga Flow Classes.  Her use of imagery will guide you through each pose and take you on a journey to peace, ligh and harmony!

So come check out Kathleen's classes! We know you'll enjoy her style as much as we do!

-The Mindful Matters Wellness Team

Mindful Matters Wellness Welcomes Kathleen Keegan As Our Newest Yoga Instructor. Register for her classes at www.mindfulmatterswellness.com/class-schedule

Thank You for Your Support...

Milwaukee's Newest Wellness Center is now Officially Open!

Saturday, April 1st, 2017 is a day Mindful Matters Wellness will never forget.  Our Wellness Center that provides physical therapy, Pilates, yoga and other health and wellness services is now officially open for business.  We couldn't be more thrilled to be apart of the Milwaukee community! We look forward to growing, sharing and educating on our philosophy of personalized health and wellness.

We are beyond grateful to everyone who joined Mindful Matters Wellness at our grand opening event. We kicked off the day with a free Vinyasa Yoga class, followed by facility tours, equipment demonstrations, complementary hors d'oeuvre and drinks, and a relaxing group guided meditation. 

If you weren't able to make it to our grand opening event, don't worry, we're so excited about our new space that we're offering FREE classes throughout the month of April!  Check out our class schedule online. While you're here, earn discounts on services by checking in at our location on Facebook or tagging us on Instagram #GOmindfulmatterswellness. 

We've got a lot more amazing things planned so check back often or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.  Thank you again for all of your support! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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April 1st GRAND OPENING

Grand Opening

Saturday, April 1st 2017

We promise this is no April Fools’ Joke! We are excited to announce that Mindful Matters Wellness is celebrating its grand opening this Saturday, April 1st 2017.  We’re kicking off the festivities with a free yoga class, followed by meet & greet facility tours and a free group guided meditation.

  • 8:00am-9:00am Free Vinyasa Yoga
    • Register online at www.mindfulmatterswellness.com, space is limited
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Drop in to meet our staff and check out our newly remodeled space
    • Complimentary hors d'oeuvre and drinks provided
  • 4:00-4:30pm Free Group Guided Meditation
    • No registration required

Join us at any time during our grand opening celebration and be entered in a raffle to win a free private Pilates session.  

Help us spread the word about our big day and receive promo codes with discounts on our products & services. Check-in on Facebook or tag us on Instagram at #GOmindfulmatterswellness.  

We look forward to seeing you there!

-The Mindful Matters Wellness Team

1845 N. Farwell Ave Suite 200 Milwaukee, WI 53202