I have a major sweet tooth! I love baked goodies, but I don’t make them or I would eat them all. So my mom always comes up with healthy alternatives for me. I think these are super tasty and would make a great treat or snack for your kids lunch box. You could even eat them before your long run or a workout. The recipe is below. Have a great weekend!
- 3 Ripe Bananas Mashed
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 3/4 cup chopped almonds
- 2 cups oats
- 2 TBS vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries
- 2 TBS hemp seeds
- 14 chopped prunes (you could sub another dried fruit)
- 10 chopped dried apricots
- 2 TBS melted coconut oil
Mix all ingredients together and bake at 375 degrees for 18 min. The recipe makes 30 cookies about 2 tbs per cookie. Approximately 98 calories per cookie (I entered the recipe in my fitness pal).
Do you remember those yummy rice crispy treats you ate growing up or maybe you still do? I loved those when I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter and one time I ate an entire pan. OOPS! Leave it to my mom to find a healthy alternative to those yummy treats. She is a baker by profession and has been adapting recipes for me to fit into my healthy eating plan. So I thought I would share this recipe. It’s super easy and it has only 4 ingredients. You could have it as a pre-workout snack or even dessert. And my kids LOVED them too. These would make a perfect lunch box snack.
Peanut Butter Protein Rice Cereal Treats
- 5 Cups Crisp Rice Cereal (can use brown rice cereal)
- 1/2 Cup Honey (adjust to your taste)
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter or other Nut Butter
- 4 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Orgain) (approx. 1/2 cup)
Melt the honey and peanut butter and stir together until creamy. Add the cereal and protein powder and mix well. Scoop into a pan. I used coconut oil spray to make sure they didn’t stick. Press down into the pan (9×9) and let sit. Cut into squares. I cut mine into about 19 small squares. You could also use chocolate protein powder as well.
Here is the nutritional breakdown. I entered it all in My Fitness Pal. Your numbers may vary depending on the size of your squares and type of protein and nut butter used.
114 Calories Per Square 4 Grams Fat 17 Grams Carbs 4 Grams Protein
So it’s Saturday night and you are watching basketball with your family and you want to eat a pint of Ice Cream. Am I the only one who does this? I remember when I was a teenager my best friend Lisa and I would each buy a pint of some yummy ice cream and eat the entire pint. I could do that back then when I had the metabolism of a 16 year old. Now I have to be a little more cautious. So I decided to give Arctic Zero a try. I had some friends tell me about it and I was skeptical. I have seen it at the store but had not ever tried it. So we picked up a pint of the cookie dough flavor. I let my husband pick this time or I would have tried the cool mint chip. We turned on the game and tried our “ice cream.”
Here is our review of this treat (we are not getting paid for this, I wish). The texture was not really ice cream like and there was not enough cookie dough for me. I like cookie dough! It isn’t really sweet, which is ok with me. I really liked it. It is low in calories, non-gmo, lactose free, and you can eat an entire pint for only 300 calories. I split it with the hubby this time though. We did sprinkle a little PB2 on top of it, which in my opinion made it even better. Overall, I would totally try it again. They have some yummy flavors like key lime pie, salted caramel, and the one I want to try next is chocolate peanut butter. I would recommend this if you are trying to stick to your macros but have a sweet tooth like my husband and I do.
One of the most commonly asked questions I get by my participants in my fitness class is about what to eat before a workout, especially since my class is very early in the morning. This has taken me a long time to figure out. I had to do a lot of experimenting myself to figure out what worked for me. I am not the type of person who can go to the gym in a fasted state like my hubby. He drinks black coffee and is out the door to take my class. I just can’t do that. I have tried and I feel like I have more energy and perform so much better with a little something before I workout. These are merely tips and suggestions of what works for me, but you may want to give a few of these a try. Here are my top favorite pre-workout or pre-run foods with a recipe included.
- No Bake Energy Bites (recipe below)
- Rice Cakes with Nut Butter (optional top with sliced banana, drizzle with honey, or sprinkle raisins on top)
- Banana with Nut Butter
- 1 slice Ezekiel toast with coconut oil, sprinkled with Himalayan sea salt
- Oatmeal with Fruit (only when I have more time before my workout 1 hour or more)
This recipe was adapted from a lot of other recipes out there. It was actually given to me by my mom who is also a fitness fanatic and runner. For some reason though hers always taste better than mine (doesn’t mom’s food always taste better).
Pre-Workout Energy Bites
- 1 Cup Dry Quick Oats or Crispy Rice Cereal
- 1/3 cup nut butter
- 1/4 cup honey (can sub maple syrup or dates)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Orgain Plant Based)
- 3 TBS ground flax seeds
- 3 TBS mini dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- Optional: Add 1/4 cup dried fruit
- Mix together (I use my food processor) and roll into tablespoon size balls. Refrigerate. You may have to add a bit of water or almond milk if it is too dry.