Protein Bars and My Excellent Eating Habits

My diet is extremely regular and plain.  Oatmeal, cheese quesadilla, and bars are our staples.  Gretchen asks for protein bars when she is hungry.  Then this week on separate occasions she cooked herself oatmeal and a quesadilla in the microwave.  I feel like my parenting is about done here. I'm still pretty nutritious though at least in my head.  I stuff my oatmeal with protein powder, almond butter, bananas, other fruit, nuts. To my cheese and tortillas I add black beans, sweet potatoes.  Roasted brussel sprouts, asparagus or Broccoli.  Sometimes there are bagged salads involved as a side.  Then we buy a lot of fruit mostly berries and banana because they get eaten. I eat chicken and salmon when I work because it's cheap for me at the restaurant and most important I don't have to cook it.  Beef and pork when I go out to eat or at my parents house.  I'm just not for cooking anymore, like why waste my time with that.  I don't have the time really and meal prep is beyond me.  How am I supposed to know on Sunday where I'll be and what I'll feel like eating on Thursday when I'm hungry? This is why I love bars so much.  Easy to carry with you, not too many calories and just hit the spot.  Bars are the one thing I still like making though it's not really cooking.  We go though a ton of store bought ones so it's good to mix things up with a homeade version sometimes.
I really like having energy bars on hand for when I don't feel like eating breakfast or I need to eat before a run.  I only like to run on a mostly empty stomach but I don't want to be hungry.  Perfect fix for when I don't want to eat a meal.  I found this mix and match chart here (page 69) for making your own bars.  The link is to the online version of Hy-vee grocery stores magazine.  I picked my ingredients based on what I already had in my cabinets.  The first ones turned out great so I tried several different versions.
Protein Bars
2 cups oats
3/4 cup honey
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup ground flaxseed
3 scoops protein powder
1 cup almond slivers
1 cup chopped dates

For other ideas check out my other Bar recipes here!

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