Kristina Marinkovich, a Johnstown resident crowned Ms. US Universal 2016, makes "Banana Berry Oat Bars” from her H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. Eats Cookbook!
Kristina won the top awards for interview, evening gown, and her platform H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. - Helping Everyone Achieve a Lifestyle To a Healthy You. She's formed a partnership with the Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center (formerly Windber Medical Center) to further promote her platform and has gone on to publish a cookbook "H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. Eats". All proceeds from Kristina's book sales will go towards purchase of stationary bikes to be donated to area schools as a part of the "Read and Ride" program. Kristina's goal is to start a program in every school district and Catholic school in the area while promoting the US Universal Pageant motto "Dare. Dream. Believe."
Her goals as Ms. US Universal 2016 include:
- Promoting Her "H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. Eats" cookbook through partnership at Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center
- Start "Read and Ride" programs across the state to instill the philosophy of a healthy lifestyle in school aged children
- Serve as a mentor to individuals who commit to healthier lifestyle
- Provide wellness knowledge to willing individuals that want to make a healthy lifestyle switch
Banana Berry Oat Bars
· 2 cups finely minced fresh or frozen strawberries
· 1 tbsp honey or agave nectar
· ¼ medium lemon, juiced
Banana Oat Bars:
· 2 cups uncooked rolled oats, divided (certified gluten-free if necessary)
· 1 tsp baking powder
· 2 tsp cinnamon
· 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
· 2 tsp vanilla extract
· 2 tbsp honey, divided
· Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine strawberries with 1 tbsp honey and lemon juice (if using frozen strawberries, thaw first). Toss with a spoon until well combined. Set mixture aside to chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. In a food processor, process 1 cup rolled oats until it reaches a flour consistency and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining 1 cup rolled oats, baking powder, cinnamon, mashed banana, vanilla extract and remaining 1 tbsp honey. Stir with a spoon until well combined. Line an 8 inch by 8 inch baking dish with parchment paper. Transfer one-half to two-thirds of oat mixture into the baking dish and press into dish with a spatula. Strain liquid from strawberry mixture and spread berries in a single layer over the oats in the baking dish. Crumble remaining oat mixture on top of the strawberry layer. Bake the bars for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Remove and cool before cutting into bars.
· Find original recipe at blog Hello Healthy
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