Fast Oatmeal Molasses Cookies

by Andrea Hartley

This natural. unprocessed cookie is easy and quick to make. It’s delicious and quite filling. It’s health benefits are, the molasses offers high vitamin-B and iron content. The oatmeal offers heart-healthy fiber and olive oil is the best oil you can use to help keep your Omegas balanced.

½ cup olive oil

1 cup molasses

1 cup whole rolled oats

2 cups flour

For a delicious variation, you can add raisins.

Mix oil, molasses, oats, and flour and stir well. Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown at 325 for 15-20 minutes.

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

By Lisa Drew Wellness

Serving: Makes 12 bars


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup organic creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
  • 1 cup oat flour 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (I use Silk Original Almond Milk)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I use Ghiardelli or Hershey’s Dark chocolate chips; use dairy free chocolate chips to make vegan)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (or whichever mix-ins you’d like)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds (or whichever nut you choose: pistachio, walnut, macadamia)

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine oat flour, oats, salt, baking soda and cinnamon; set aside.
With an electric mixer mix the brown sugar and peanut butter on medium speed until light in color and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in the vanilla, scraping down the sides as needed.
Fold in the oat flour, oats, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Slowly add the almond milk in a steady stream, mixing until a dough forms. Fold in chocolate chips, sliced almonds, and dried cranberries. Use your hands to make sure everything is combined.
Once dough is completely combined, transfer and press it lightly into the prepared baking dish. Bake for about 17-20 minutes until the bars are lightly golden and set. Allow to cool completely and cut into squares.
**Keep in the refrigerator in a covered container. Bars will be good stored up to 2 weeks. However, I don’t think they will last long since they taste so good!

Lisa DrewLisa Drew Wellness
Life is a journey…Live healthy along the way!!!
Lisa Drew Wellness • Comprehensive Chiropractic 2200 W. Hamilton St., Ste 215 Allentown, PA 18104

Welcome! Life is a journey…
My journey thus far…I was born in New York, moved to New Jersey and then ended up in Allentown, PA. I come from a huge family. Thanks to my parents I have been surrounded by all types of food and cultures throughout my life. Being Dominican and Irish (amongst other nationalities) I grew up eating Latin and Irish cuisine just to name a few. Everyone who knows me, knows how much I love food. It wasn’t until I came home from college (where I gained more than the freshman 15) that I started learning more about nutrition and exercise. I have been in the fitness industry for 17+ years both personally and in business. Over the years, I worked in sales in different capacities; advertising, marketing, travel, and as a counselor at a weight loss facility. My last position as Sales Director for a gym franchise led me into my real passion, nutrition. As a mother of two wonderful children, it is important to me that I instill in them proper eating habits. I have turned my love of food into learning and understanding more about it. People come up to me at the gym and ask for advice all of the time. So, after much contemplation, I decided to turn my passion about nutrition and exercise into my career and got certified. The biggest lesson learned is that it’s not just about food but about a healthy lifestyle. My goal is to help people feel better about themselves, inside and out no matter the age. I work with children, teens, adults, and seniors. In addition, I offer specialized plans for those with Heart Disease, Celiac Disease, and Diabetes. All sessions are confidential.

Search Engine Optimize Your Food

by Andrea Hartley

Healthy food 2Search Engine Optimization means that the best key words are used to help the search engines find your content on the internet.  This is of great value  because it doesn’t matter how great your website or article is, if no one can find it or read it.  You must give the search engines optimal key words so your content can be found and utilized as you intended it to be.   Likewise, your body requires optimum nutrition to perform as it is intended to.   Giving your body optimum nutrition is one of the greatest challenges the American people face today, since our soil is often deficient of key nutrients.  In many cases, an apple today does not possess the same nutritional value that it did 100 years ago.  If that weren’t bad enough,  we in America face a challenge that most other countries in the world do not.  Industry is trying to force genetically modified food on us, turning us into human  guinea pigs.  This food has not been tested and the nutritional value is suspect, at best.  It is often referred to as “Frankenfood”.  Strawberry ShortcakeMost processed foods contain genetically modified food. Scroll down below  and you can see some of the problems with eating genetically modified food and there is an excellent research paper written by Lauren Williamson which discusses that as well. (See her paper here) Moreover, it contains MSG, artificial colors, artificial flavors  and preservatives.Healthy face

Search Engine Optimizing your food, assumes you already know that the standard American diet is one that should be avoided.  If you are not sure why, you can click on any of the links in the article.  The purpose of this article is to help those individuals who want to eat more healthy foods.  It doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult.  It can be challenging at first, but I have been studying this for over 30 years and use what I learn in preparing good, real and healthy food for my family and myself.

Sweet Potato Pie-0I am including a link to a video where I teach how to make sweet potato pie. Click here for the FREE natural food recipe video

To help you SEO your diet, I will share with you what I have learned.  You can receive a monthly newsletter which will contain recipes, food tips and a video lesson on preparing natural, healthy food without artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and  MSG free.  Be the first 20 people to sign up and you will receive this newsletter absolutely free for 6 months! To Register Click here.


10 Top Dangers of Processed Foods

According to Invigorate360

Although the threats of processed foods are numerous, knowing the 10 top dangers of processed foods may be enough to rethink your next meal or snack.

1. CANCER – Some cancers are known to be caused by carcinogenic properties which are included in processing foods.

2. OBESITY – Processed foods are most often high in fat, sugar and salt. If counting food calories, these are the perfect ingredients to cause excessive weight gain.

3. HIGH CARB CONTENT – Most processed foods include an overabundance of carbohydrates and not nearly enough protein.

4. HEART DISEASE – The trans fat in many processed foods will spike the cholesterol level and lower the HDL.

5. HYPERTENSION – Blood pressure is elevated by the high salt and fat content in foods.

6. DIABETES – The high sugar products and fast acting carbohydrates will raise the glucose to unhealthy levels.

7. FOOD ADDITIVES AND UNKNOWN EFFECTS – For color, consistency, taste, shelf life and more, processed foods include additives while the effects are unknown.

8. UNKNOWN FILLERS – Several foods like hot dogs and processed meats are filled with unknown parts.

9. LACK OF NUTRIENTS – If processed foods are the main part of the diet, the body will be lacking the nutrients needed to fight disease.

10. ARTIFICIAL VITAMINS – Synthetic vitamins, which lose their potency during processing, are added to some processed foods like bread.

The list of the dangers of processed foods can go on. Back to basics with home cooking using wholesome, nutritious, and unprocessed foods may add healthier years to your life.


To learn more about the dangers of MSG from Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. click the following two links:


For more information about MSG and GMOs see link below:


My mission is to help others live healthy lives.

I am a AAAI (American Aerobic Association International) and ISMA (International Sports Medicine Association) certified personal trainer in Mind-Body Connection. I can assist you in discovering where you want or need to  retrain your brain– to retrain your body and increase your health and well-being, and assist you in discovering effective ways for you to achieve that goal.   I can also assist you in discovering where you expend your brain’s energy, like Bruce Lipton writes of, and how to use that energy for your good.

As your wellness coach, I can encourage and guide you into healthier, more loving thought patterns that will increase your health and well-being. There are many ways that we will employ to accomplish this. Some are education, personalized meditation and thought affirmations, accountability, emotional support and my “Association Technique”. This technique will help you to develop love, peace and calm in your life.

If you are willing to dedicate yourself to your personalized wellness program, I would like to partner with you. I will give you a free one hour session, valued at $40 to help you find your wellness plan and create your vision.

Call me at  609-533-7966

Andrea Hartley is the publisher of Lehigh Valley Woman’s Journal, wellness coach, and  personal trainer with a specialty in mind body connection, certified by AAAI/ISMA.