Being in college is very time consuming.
For most, it does not just end with 5 classes a semester.. it goes above and beyond to include athletics, jobs, internships, clubs, organizations, greek life, etc.
For me, I have 6 classes this semester, work on campus 12 hours a week, have an internship 45 minutes away, 10 hours a week, vice president of public relations for my business fraternity, a member of COBE ambassadors, and try and stay sane by working out as much as I can.
If you could imagine, I get stressed on a daily basis trying to complete everything I have to do! I try and work out as much as possible and that keeps me going and puts me in a great mood. However, when you have events, tests, papers, and meetings for all of the above, it is very hard to fit in 8 hours of sleep at night, let alone 1 hour for working out. This week I was able to de-stress and go on a 6 mile walk with my best friend and her dog, and this was great exercise and therapy at the same time!
Unfortunately, I was only able to get a work out during 2 of the 5 busy days during the school week. When I am stressed AND cannot work out, I get even more stressed! The only thing I want at this point is something sweet. Chocolate is my weakness. So, luckily for my readers I have included a healthy, gluten free recipe that will satisfy that sweet tooth and keep your bikini body in check!
Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars:
You will need –
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons corn syrup
2 1/3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and low sugar craisen/raisins
Directions: Grease an 8×8 pan. In the pan, combine the butter, brown sugar, honey and corn syrup. Stir constantly over medium heat until butter melts, sugar dissolves and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and add oats. Stir well until oats are well coated. Spread mixture into 8×8 pan. Bake at 350 for 22 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and cut into bars. Cool for about 1 hour and then remove from pan.
This recipe is a little high in sugar, but if you watch the ingredients you add or find substitutes then it could be reduced. However, it is one of my favorite recipes and when warm, it hits the spot! Besides, everyone knows that stressed spelled backwards is desserts, so why not eat desserts to calm the stress?!
-the typical health nut