Thanksgiving table with food

Time for Gratitude

Is sharing what you’re grateful for part of your Thanksgiving? Sometimes it’s big stuff, sometimes not.

It’s the season when cooking with love really starts to dominate the kitchen. Even if you ordered instead of prepared yourself, your meal was made with love.

While food, drink, maybe football and maybe shopping are part of the coming days, I hope you also think about who and what you’re grateful for. Did you know there’s been research studies on gratitude? In a nutshell, here’s my top five results:

• Gratitude makes us happier.
• Gratitude makes us healthier.
• Gratitude makes us more optimistic.
• Gratitude makes us feel good.
• Gratitude helps us relax.

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Please know I’m grateful for you!

Protein Bites
These little bites are a healthy snack when you need an energy boost. Even online shopping requires fortitude!

1 ½ cups rolled oats
¾ cup whole almonds
½ heaping cup dried blueberries
½ cup pistachios
⅓ cup ground flaxseed
⅓ cup walnuts
⅓ cup pepitas
¼ cup sunflower seeds
⅓ cup maple syrup or honey
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup almond butter

1. Line an 8” x 8” glass dish with parchment paper so it overhangs the dish.
2. Combine first eight ingredients and mix well.
3. Add maple syrup or honey and applesauce and mix well.
4. Add almond butter and mix well.
5. Put ingredients in dish, press down firmly and evenly.
6. Freeze 1 hour.
7. Slice into 16 pieces.
8. Keep in sealed bags in freezer.

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