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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Superfood Saturday- Cherry Oat Breakfast Bars

Cherry Oat Breakfast Bars

1 ½ cups old fashion oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons milk
¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
½ cup raw sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 2/3 cups dried cherries

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray.
To make the crust combine the oats, whole wheat flour, baking soda, brown sugar, one egg and the butter.  Mix together. Reserve ½ cups of the mixture.  Press the rest into the pan.
Combine the honey, milk yogurt, flour, sugar, vanilla and cherries.  Put into pan on top of the crust. Add reserved topping.  Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes.

There are two superfoods in this recipe; dried tart cherries and Greek yogurt.

Tart Cherries:
  • Ease arthritis pain
  • Help fight cancer
  • Promote sleep
  • Lower blood pressure
  • High in fiber

Greek Yogurt:

  • Packed with vitamins, minerals and probiotic cultures.
  • 6 ounces has 15- 20 grams of protein.
  • Lower in carbohydrates, sugar and lactose than regular yogurt
  • Is a good source of calcium.
The author at the Duathlon National Championship 2013

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a two time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team. She will compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.
Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 143 members in 28 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon

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