Community… and Chia Coconut Energy Bars! Because they obviously go together, right?!
First the serious stuff…
I’m sitting here trying to think of the right words to convey this message. Community. It’s important, right? It’s something we all need, right? Do we have it? Do we, really?
I’ve said before how I would someday like to have my own small farm. This is not an undertaking I would like to do on my own. Farming is hard work. A lot of hard work. Ideally, I would like to have a large piece of land and then have 2 or 3 other families who have their homes on that land as well. We could be farming buddies. Think about it. It’d be awesome. There would be enough work for everyone to keep busy but not overwhelmed. We’d be able to schedule chores so families could have days off and schedule vacations. It would be my ideal situation with a built in community to share the work, the play, the meals, ahh my own farm fresh food… Someday…
Ok, so farming isn’t for you? But as human beings, we still need that community. How many times has someone asked you “How are you?”, “Do you need any help?”, “Can I help with… (fill in the blank with anything)” and our response is “Oh, I’m fine!” Even though we may not be fine, we may need the extra hand, we may need something. Why is it so hard for us in this day and age to accept help or even a kind word?
There were many times when I was working as a midwife that I would ask clients how they were, if they needed anything, if I could make them dinner. Even when I was the one asking, the one who had seen them multiple times over the past, at least, six months and shared the very personal experience of their birth with them, they would still tell me that they were fine and didn’t need anything! I was always sure to ask them these questions in person. If you are good at empathy and picking up slight cues people give in the way they say something or move, talking in person is definitely the way to go! I was able to ask my questions such as “Do you need me to make you dinner?” and they would invariably say “no”,and then my next sentence was, “ok, I’ll bring you dinner.”
I have seen these interactions between others (and myself) in all aspects of life. Why are we so adamant on being independent? And not just independent, but alone. We are creating isolated lives. WHY? Why, when we are living in a time that is exploding in social interaction are we lacking true community?
There are communities within large cities that have set themselves up to purposefully be a community. To live together, depend on each other, eat together, play together, and still maintain a personal space (because let’s admit it, we all need our personal space once in a while.)
This will take baby steps. So let’s start with with this one: Say YES. To a helping hand, a loving hug, a kind word or a dream becoming reality.
And now…. THE RECIPE!
Chia Coconut Energy Bars
I found this amazing recipe here: http://www.inspirededibles.ca/2013/03/cranberry-chia-energy-bars-raw-vegan.html
She gives some excellent information about chia seeds including this little tidbit in case you feel like being lazy… “chia seeds offer plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, antioxidants and an impressive array of minerals. Unlike flaxseed, chia does not have to be ground to be bioavailable” Amazing stuff!
I used her recipe but made a few tweaks… because while we paleo people can be quite nutty… haha, right? I feel like a lot of recipes go a little nutty with the nuts! So instead of nut butter like the recipe calls for, I substituted coconut oil because if there’s yet another thing we go nuts for… it’s coconut oil! (ok… I’ll stop with the nut jokes.)
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup dates
- 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional… I think these are sweet enough with the dates!)
Put almonds in food processor – blend. Add dates – blend. Add remaining ingredients – blend. You may have to just mix by hand eventually depending on how strong your food processor is! After everything is mixed, pour into a pan lined with parchment paper and place into the refrigerator to set. When it feels firm, cut into squares or rectangles or cookie cutter shapes or whatever, go nutty! (ok fine, I lied.)