I've made a lot of changes in my daily schedule since Brett and I returned home from our Christmas travels and I couldn't be feeling better!
I've mentioned this before, but I was created to be a morning person. During the first few hours of my day is when I'm most productive and alert. I can eat breakfast, clean my house, do a load of laundry, workout, and get some reading in all before some people have even opened their eyes. You can even ask me deep questions as soon as I wake up and I'll be fully engaged. Once evening rolls around, however, it's a different story. After 8 o'clock my brain just seems to shut off and all the processing and articulating skills that I usually have disappear. Brett knows full well that if he wants to talk about something serious he has to bring it up well before 9 PM.
I had a revelation over Christmas break that I should consider re-evaluate the hours I'm asleep and the hours I'm awake to take advantage of my morning-person-ness. So, ever since we got back to our house in the city I've been going to bed around 9-9:30 and waking up at 5 AM.
It's been amazing!
At 5 AM, I get up and head straight the the gym. The crisp, winter air helps wake me up and the gym is practically empty so I'm able to run or do weights without worrying about having to share equipment. When I get home I shower and make some breakfast. After breakfast is when I knock out a bunch of reading and work and once lunch time rolls around I've checked off a lot of my to-do list for the day.
Another big change that I've made is shutting off my laptop around 8-8:30 PM and reading a book for fun in bed. This has really helped me to turn off my crazy, multi-tasking brain and get me into sleep mode. By the time 9 PM rolls around, I'm more than ready to close my eyes and fall into a deep sleep. I haven't slept this well since before Brett and I got married!
I don't know why I didn't make these changes sooner. I'm eating better, sleeping better and getting more intense workouts in. Yes, there are times when I don't have the luxury of getting to bed by 9 PM, but on those days I just make sure I take a power nap in the afternoon. I'm so thankful that Brett has also been willing to take on this new, early-to-bed, early-to-rise schedule so that we don't have to worry about waking each other up.
Life is good y'all. Life is good.
These Raw Lemon Coconut Bars are good too...in fact, they're amazing! All of my friends that have tried them approved and asked for the recipe.
Lemon has always been one of my favorite flavors when it comes to desserts, but oftentimes lemony desserts call for lots of white sugar, butter and eggs. These Raw Lemon Coconut Bars remind me so much of Lemon Bars, but they're made with whole food ingredients and don't contain any white sugar, butter or eggs!
These bars are sweetened with sticky Medjool dates and made tart with fresh lemon juice. They are also lower in fat and calories that other raw lemon bars because I've used oats instead of nuts. They are perfect for an on-the-go snack or an after dinner dessert.
I hope you all love these Raw Lemon Coconut Bars as much as Brett and I do!
- Grease an 8x8 inch baking dish with cooking spray or coconut oil and set aside.
- Peel your lemon using a vegetable peeler.
- Process the oats, shredded coconut and lemon peel in a food processor until fine.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and process until a sticky dough forms. You may have to stop and scrape down the sides of your processor occasionally.
- Press the dough down evenly into your prepared baking dish. Let the bars chill in the fridge for about 1 hour before cutting into squares.
Nutrition InformationYield 16 Serving Size 1 bar
Amount Per Serving Calories 133Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 4mgCarbohydrates 21gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 3gSugar 15gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 2g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.