The key is to find a recipe in a flavor and style that’s right for you. It’s important to remember that recipes are meant to be a guide and you should feel free to experiment when making homemade granola bars. If a recipe calls for raisins, and you prefer dried cherries, make the switch. Baking is meant to be fun and creative, provided your substitutions make sense, such as one kind of fruit or nut for another.

Pour the oat mixture into two ramekins sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and it is firm when you gently shake the ramekin.

And don’t be afraid to ask and if they give you an answer that you are not content with, simply just don’t order that meal. If you have committed yourself to eating healthy do not let any stand in your way.

Although oatmeal isn’t the lowest calorie breakfast food, it’s quite filling. Make it more diet friendly by avoiding pre-packaged or instant oatmeal. Opt for the slower cooking kind and let it cook overnight in a crockpot so it’s ready in the morning. Try mixing it half and half with wheat bran which is low in both carbs and calories for a delicious cereal that’s lower in calories. Sweeten with fresh fruit, calorie-free sweetener, or sugar-free maple syrup and add skim milk instead of whole milk. Yum!

Children have an extremely important job to do. They have to grow up. They have to go to school and learn the skills that allow them to grow into happy, healthy and productive adults. That’s a bigger job than any of us adults do.

Physiologically, kids are growing and therefore need a high level of nutrients to support this growth, without it growth slows down and susceptibility to illness increases. Children who skip breakfast have an even longer wait to get necessary nutrients.

It makes sense to start the day early. No, you don’t have to be up by the crack of dawn. However, you should allow enough time for a healthy breakfast or perhaps a quick workout.

Make an emotional and physical commitment to completing your goal! Goals are not achieved if you’re not committed 100% to making them reality. Your goal has to be important enough that you’re willing to commit time, energy and money to making it reality. On a scale of 1 – 10, ask yourself how important is this goal? Why is it important? How will achieving this goal change life for the better?