Favorite Bites for a Busy Day

I know most of us feel there are not enough hours in the day, especially when the holidays roll around. This time constraint we often feel was a huge inspiration for the birth of GG. We wanted to create a product that was not only the best quality you could find and the most beautiful but also, the most accessible. With Gracious Garlands, you can pick up or have delivered (and have set up) your wreaths, trees, garlands, bows, other holiday decor and gifts-- all in ONE place! We are dedicated to increasing the time you have to enjoy the holidays with friends and family and decreasing your stress! That's why this year, for the first time, we are offering to not only deliver your tree but also, your other items. 

Today, I want to share with you two go-to, healthy and energizing recipes I turn to on those busy days: feta, avocado toast and power-up bites.

 

Feta Avocado Toast

Feta Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is all the rave these days and I finally know why. It's as savory as an omelette but ready in half of the time and with a portion of the mess. This recipe is made of four ingredients, including the bread! 

  • Your favorite piece of bread, toasted
  • 1 small avocado (1/2 of a large) mashed with salt & pepper to taste
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • Sriracha sauce drizzled to your heat tolerance

Sriracha can be substituted for a sweeter, milder hot sauce, if you're not someone who loves the heat like us in Texas. If you haven't jumped on the avocado toast train, this quick and filling recipe will surely get you on board!

Power-Up Bites

 

 

Power-Up Bites

I am a cookie monster, ask any of my friends, so I'm always looking for a healthy alternative to satisfy my cookie cravings. My Aunt Julie brought these treats to the mountains about 3 years ago and made my world was complete.  These Power-Up Bites are SO delicious that it's hard to believe they are healthy! They are a perfect breakfast for a morning on-the-go or a delightful treat with your afternoon coffee. This recipe is so easy and quick-- leaving you plenty of time to shop on GG for those perfect bows on your mantle!

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Stir together the following in a large bowl:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 ½ cups organic crunchy peanut butter 
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ whole, lightly salted roasted almonds
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup flax seeds
  • ¼ cup wheat germ (I use Bob's Red Mill Wheat Germ)
  • ¼ cup roasted sunflower seeds

Dampen hands as you make into balls and place on cookie sheet.  Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes.

These glorious nuggets come out of the oven slightly toasted and in moments, ready to be devoured! These treats are packed full of vitamin E and folic acid from the wheat germ, omega-3 fatty acids, lignans and fiber from flax seeds, protein from peanut butter, and anti-oxidants from oats and dark chocolate. Overloaded with ingredients to lower that Bad Cholesterol (LDL), these Power-Up Bites will give you the energy you need to power through the day while fighting off the effects of stress.

Enjoy a stress-free holiday with these simple, healthy bites and with the help of Gracious Garlands. Click on the Products tab above to start decorating that cozy fireplace where you can enjoy these treats in December!

Cheers!

Elle