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Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 11:42 am

When my wife and I were studying to become Christian ministers during the 1970s, we had the distinct privilege of learning from one the nation’s pioneers in natural foods and organic farming — Grace Bliss.

Bliss taught us about healing, cleansing and eating natural, whole foods. Her lessons have benefited us and our kids for decades.

Grace was concerned about people eating “non-foods” that, in effect, were slowly poisoning our bodies, causing sickness, obesity and a lack of vitality. Specifically, she spoke about the consequences of eating processed foods, such as white sugar, white flour and white rice. These ingredients have most all the nutritional value removed.

As a substitute for sugary candy bars, she developed the following natural snack bar that is yummy and nutritious. You and your kids will love it!

Manna bars

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup shelled peanuts

2 1/2 cups raisins

Grind the oats and peanuts in a food processor. Add the raisins and grind again. Scrape down the sides with a spatula and grind again. Firmly press the mixture into a 8" by 8"pan. Cut into 9 squares. Refrigerate.

Doug Seed was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and has lived in Morada since 1984. He is a non-denominational clergyman, specializing in research and teaching of the Bible and is also co-owner of A Moveable Feast, a Lodi-based food truck. He is married to Carole and they have four sons. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing bridge and golfing.

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