Comments on: Blueberry Pie Energy Bars (AKA DIY Lara Bars Part 2) Healthy Eating and Healthy Living for a Happy Life! Sun, 24 Dec 2017 16:28:43 +0000 hourly 1 By: Angela Mon, 26 May 2014 22:35:25 +0000 Glad to hear, it Michelle!

Definitely used dried blueberries if you can get them – way less messy! 🙂 You can apply the recipe to just about any dried fruit you can think of. Enjoy!

By: Michelle Mon, 26 May 2014 20:54:04 +0000 Angie-I am loving your blog about the Ninja. We bought the Ninja system last year and it was the best $179 (Target with a $20 gift card) that I ever spent! I make fruit smoothies each breakfast and am working more and more on juicing.
I made your peanut Lara bars and the blueberry bars this weekend. The peanut ones turned out wonderful! Loved them. I used frozen blueberries instead of the fresh or dried and it was a blue liquidy mess-sort of. I refrigerated them overnight and then froze them in the morning. They taste wonderful but just mushy. Will try dried next time but thanks for the wonderful idea!

By: Angela Mon, 07 Oct 2013 04:35:28 +0000 Hi Gail,

Have you read this post that I wrote with all the steps I did?

Basically, I did a nutritional cleanse with a huge focus on eating a whole foods diet, and have kept it up. I also added dulse powder for iodine and brazil nuts (bought in the shell) for selenium. I still feel great almost a year later — no relapse symptoms at all. Hope that helps and good luck!

By: Gai Lynn Sun, 06 Oct 2013 22:21:41 +0000 Great recipes on your site. I have hypothyroidism and would love to know how you used food and diet to help heal. I use only natural healing practices. Thank you for your advice. Gai Lynn

By: Angela Fri, 02 Aug 2013 21:32:08 +0000 Hi Lil,

That is a great question! Do you have a dehydrator? That way you could make your own dried apples without extra sugar.

However, if you wanted to do this with fresh apples, I think it should be possible, but I agree that the bar may be a bit on the wet side. The thing that may help is that the apples are not as big of an ingredient as you’d think. In taking a look at the ingredients list, Apple Pie Lara Bars have in this order: Dates, almonds, green apple, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon. I’m thinking you could probably get away with fresh apple here.

I’m a little out of commission right now with a broken kneecap, or I’d try this out for you. My suggestion would be this: 6 Medjool Dates, pitted, 1/3 cup almonds, 1/3 cup fresh apple, optionally peeled, 1/4 cup walnuts, 2 tablespoons raisins and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Those ratios might be slightly off, but it’s a starting point. I’d wait until you have everything pretty much all blended before adding the raisins, and just give them a couple pulses to combine so they don’t get obliterated. If it is too wet once mixed, add a little bit of almond meal to bring it all together.

I’ll give this a try next week when I’m a little more mobile, but, in the meantime, that should get you pointed in a close direction!

By: Lil Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:31:56 +0000 Angela,

I’m curious! My favorite Larabar is the apple pie one, and in trying to recreate it, do you think I should try whole apples or dried ones? I’m a little concerned by the sugar content in dried fruit, but the juiciness of a regular apple might make a bar too wet, maybe? Do you have any ideas?

Thanks if you do!


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By: Rebecca Tue, 29 Jan 2013 06:43:27 +0000 Sherrie, Start giving your Dad Coconut oil caps. 1 twice a day unless he is having congestion in his lungs then do 2 2x a day. You can also put coconut oil in his smoothies you make him. I gave this advice to my aunt about 9 years ago because she would get pneumonia every year and almost died from it the last time, and to this day she has never gotten it again. She takes 1 capsule twice a day. Do research on it and you will find a whole host of things it is good for. The best and least expensive place to get them is from Swanson Vitamins for $2.99 a bottle that will last a month. If you go to a place like GNC you will pay $15 or more. Hope this helps.

By: Angela Fri, 28 Dec 2012 22:23:33 +0000 Oh my gosh, Sherrie, bring it inside! You are right that in a world of so many options there is no one “right” choice, but you made a very good one. You can do a lot with a Ninja Blender, and it is just so reasonably priced for what you get, especially compared to a Vitamix or Blendtec.

If you can get him to do it, I really recommend you try to get your dad to drink the “Ultimate Green Smoothie” ( ). It is not at all low cal (~550 calories about), but it is packed with nutrition and tastes delicious. More than a few people have told me they were skeptical but then pleasantly surprised at how good it is.

I personally have experienced the healing power of food (using it to reverse hypothyroidism), and have no doubt at all you can use your Ninja to help your dad regain his strength. Good luck and thanks for your nice note. 🙂


By: Sherrie Fri, 28 Dec 2012 19:35:31 +0000 Angela,

You are a terrific lady! Thanks for all of your great info! I just bought my Ninja 1200 the other night. It sits in my trunk, as I keep trying to reaffirm that I’ve made the right choice! 🙂 I see that I have made a good choice. I’m not sure that there is one “right” choice. That…. is a wonderful outcome, IMO.

I am going to fire this baby up, today. My dad is elderly and has recently lost a ton of weight as a result of being in a nursing home for some rehab after his 4th pneumonia, in the last 16 months. He lost 26 pounds in this last round of rehab, which puts him at 140 lbs, at a height of 5’11”. I have been feeding him his favorite foods, which I’m sure will help get his strength back, but I am going to start using my Ninja to make him nutritional smoothies and adding some weight-gain/ protein powders to try putting some meat back on his frail bones.

I work for the largest Natural food chain, so I have had occasion to meet many people that have changed their health situations radically by juicing and making smoothies using a vitamix/ ninja type blender. I will keep you appraised of his progress, as I will be starting out using many of your recipes and probably modifying them for dad’s palate. I will not hold you accountable in any way for any subsequent decline in his health. Just sayin’. This seems like an experiment that would be helpful to him, but his lifetime choices and health issues are responsible for his current situation. He is very frugal (poor man still thinks it’s the great depression of 1930’s), so he buys the 99 cent frozen dinners and tries to live on those. He does this by choice – not necessity. IMO, ANYTHING would be a profound improvement.