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Get the energy you need to steal second base. Jose Altuve, second baseman for the Houston Astros shares his Granola Bites recipe with Julie Loria, author of “The Game of Eating Smart.”

“The best wellness advice I’ve received is that health is about finding balance. It’s not the worst thing in the world to have a slice of pizza, as long as it’s in moderation. I allow myself to eat things that are unhealthy. But more often than not, I try to choose healthy foods.” – Corey Kluber

Granola Bites

Granola is a go-to topping for coconut yogurt or gluten free oatmeal, but it also makes for a great snack on its own. These super tasty granola bars are the perfect pick-me-up for any time of day. Keep a jarful on hand for a quick snack. Rotating the pan halfway through the baking time is key to achieving a crunchy texture.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

2 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips

3 tablespoons almond butter

3 tablespoons honey

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit

In a medium bowl, combine the oats, coconut, seeds, and chocolate chips. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the almond butter and honey. Remove from the heat and fold the dry ingredients into the wet.

Scrape the mixture onto a sheet pan lined with a nonstick silicone mat. Using a rubber spatula, shape into a 5-inch square.

Bake for 16 to 20 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking, until golden brown. Let cool before cutting into 16 pieces. Granola bites will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.

Recipe from “The game of Eating Smart, Nourishing recipes for peak performance inspired by MLB Superstars.” by Julie Loria

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