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Running {energy} Bars

i’ll be running a half marathon on april 7 {eeek! that’s soon} with one of my good friends, Courtney — she’s my race-running buddy :)

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and even though it’s my 6th or 7th half {yeah, i lost count…}, i am still learning new ways to train and fuel my body to prepare for a successful race.

one thing i struggle with is a good pre-run meal.

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last weekend, i went to a few stores nearby to check out their “energy” bar selection.  there were a few that looked great, but then i looked at the ingredients.    meh.

and then there were some that were all natural/had organic ingredients, but then i looked at the price tag.  geeeeez.

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so i decided it was time to make my own homemade Running Bars.  i love it because you can control the taste – like your bars to be sweeter? add a bit more honey.  like a nuttier taste? add a dab more almond butter. you can’t go wrong doing it yourself!

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the perfect pre-run {or pre-walk/jog/workout/climbing/yoga/etc.} bar!

Running Bars

recipe adapted from: No Meat Athlete’s “Ultimate Energy Bar Formula

**No Meat Athlete’s website is awesome. take a minute to check it out — he provides a formula {not a recipe} for making delicious energy bars. This recipe below is one that I created from the formula, with a few tweaks to the ingredient amounts.

ingredients

  • 15oz Great Northern Beans
  • .5 cup almond butter
  • .25 cup raw honey
  • 1 small banana
  • .25 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • .25 tsp sea salt
  • 1 .79oz packet Garden of Life Raw Protein in Vanilla {or 1 serving of your favorite protein powder}
  • .75 cup spelt flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • .5 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

directions

Preheat oven to 350°  –  Grease a 13×9 glass baking dish with a dash of oil.

Using a food processor, pulse beans, almond butter, honey, banana, vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt until smooth.

Add protein powder, flour, oats, and coconut and pulse again until combined.

Spread mixture into pan.  Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.

…Enjoy!!

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Peachy Green Strawberry Smoothie

i have always been confused by smoothie “recipes”.  why do you need a recipe? you just put whatever sounds good to you in a blender and then you drink it.  for me, this is some frozen fruit, greek yogurt, a splash of juice, and some water annnd voila! a smoothie is born.

but then i had been seeing these “green smoothies” everywhere — someone had the amazing idea to throw some leafy greens into a fruit smoothie for a veggie boost {& who doesn’t need one of those?}

after a few tries of throwing in added greens with my favorite smoothie ingredients, i believe i finally found something.  and now i understand why there are smoothie recipes in the world… because once you find a good one, you want to share it.

this one is great to start your day with, or to drink after an evening workout…whenever you choose to have one, i am sure that you’ll enjoy it… sometimes matt & i make it on days when we just need some extra vegetables  : )

Peachy Green Smoothie

an original recipe from: Matt & Rachel’s Kitchen

yield: 1-2 servings {we usually drink one each, but occasionally Matt & I will split it}

ingredients

  • 5-6 frozen peach slices
  • 5 xsmall frozen strawberries {or 2 large}
  • 1 large leaf  or 3-4 small rainbow chard, spinach, or kale with stalks removed {we like to use a different one each week, rainbow chard is pictured}
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt {we like Fage 2%}
  • .5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • .25 cup cold water
  • optional add-ins:
    • 1 tbsp wheat germ
    • 1 tbsp flax seed

directions

Add above ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.

{note:  We use our magic bullet, and this recipe fits great in it, but a full-size blender works too!}

p.s. here’s proof that even matt likes it! —

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