April 5th is National Raisin and Spice Bar Day!
National Raisin and Spice Bar Day is a day to enjoy and celebrate the delicious and nutritious raisin and spice bar. It’s maybe not the most ubiquitous snack, but it sure is good.
Raisin and spice bars are not only tasty but also healthy, making them a great snack choice for kids and adults. I mean, raisins and oatmeal and spices? Yum.
Origin of Raisin and Spice Bars
Who really knows where the first raisin and spice bars came from? It’s a treat that has been around for a long time… the raisin has been with us for thousands of year.!
The bars are most often made with a combination of raisins, spices, and other healthy ingredients, such as oats and nuts. They are often baked in a pan and cut into squares or rectangles. They make great snacks or desserts, if you’re looking for something that is more on the wholesome side. And that’s probably what we should be doing, right? Eating loads of wholesome goodness!
Importance of National Raisin and Spice Bar Day
This is an fun day that celebrates the nutritious and delicious snack. It give us an opportunity to learn more about the health benefits of raisins and a way to add some better quality ingredients into our diets.
Celebration of National Raisin and Spice Bar Day
There are a few ways we can mark this healthy snack day!
You might want to bake your very own bars at home, experimenting and having some fun with different spices and ingredients to create unique and unusual variations. This spice bar recipe has a little bit of icing on it. Yes, I know, not as healthy but I won’t tell!
But you may opt to just buy some raisin and spice bars your favorite grocery store or bakery.
Health Benefits of Raisin and Spice Bars
Raisin and spice bars are not only delicious but also packed with loads health benefits. Raisins, which are a pretty important ingredient in the bars, are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
I love raisins (even though my boys aren’t huge fans) so I overfill that measuring cup when I make stuff like this.
They’re also rich in antioxidants, which can help to protect the body against some diseases. Oxidative stress is real, and if I can help stave off some of the effects by noshing on some raisins, then all the better!
Plus, the spices used in the bars, such as cinnamon and nutmeg, also have some potentially helpful health benefits, including improving digestion and reducing inflammation in the body.
Now that’s something I can get behind!
Promotion of Healthy Snacking
Sometimes it’s hard to always eat super healthy.
Fortunately National Raisin and Spice Bar Day is a great way to put the spotlight on healthy snacking! It encourages us to find some healthier snack options. Raisin and spice bars are really great alternative to processed snacks that are often high in sugar and unhealthy fats. I mean, you never know what is in some of that premade stuff, right?
By picking up a raisin and spice bar, you can satisfy your cravings while still maintaining a healthy diet. And if you want to throw some chocolate chips in those bars, nobody’s stopping you. Just sayin!
Versatility of Raisin and Spice Bars
Raisin and spice bars really are versatile and can be enjoyed in so many ways. They can be eaten as a snack or used as a dessert topping like granola on yogurt parfaits. They are also a magnificent on-the-go snack option, making them perfect for those of us with crazy busy lives!
So on this very healthy snack day, let’s raise our glass to this humble, yet satisfying treat, the Raisin and Spice Bar!