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Rise and shine, it’s workout time! Because my husband is a chronic coffee-no-brekkie guy, I like to throw a couple of these his way when he heads out the door. He’s really working on his nutrition in the morning, because those morning workouts are a different animal. I don’t know what your specific workouts are, so I won’t bore you with the details of meal timing, hydration recommendations, and all that stuff.

You can either have these with your breakfast, or have a few in your gym bag for an energy boost. I’m testing out a few different ideas, so that when race day comes, I’m not trying anything new on P. I’ve heard of triathletes getting tips from others to eat energy bars on the run and start choking. Alright, let’s avoid THAT at all costs. Shudder.

I’ve been adding in dates for A LOT of P’s pre-workout meals, during-workout hydration (blending a couple of dates in his homemade electrolyte drink), and these energy bites, because dates are an awesome food for endurance athletes. They are a carbohydrate, and break down into glucose for glycogen in the muscle and liver (1). Glycogen is your storage form for carbohydrate, and fuels endurance-type activities. Oh, and by the way, your body’s preferred fuel for physical activity is carbohydrate, so don’t load up on proteins and fats before a training session! Your brain also primarily runs on fuel from carbohydrates, so let’s stop with all this high-fat, high-protein, no-carb nonsense. Hugs!

What’s so cool is that triathletes deck out their bikes with all these areas to stow away fluids, snacks, and energy gels. I intend to try out recipes for energy gels in the future, so keep coming back to visit! 🙂

I wanna know! What are some recipes for you to get quick energy when you’re rushing out the door?<

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Approximate nutrition facts (per 1 energy bites): 134 calories, 16 grams carbohydrate, 1.8 grams protein, 8 grams fat, 1.8 grams protein, 2.6 grams fiber

Reference:
(1) Brazier, Brendan. Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Fitness and Life. 2007.

Energy surge bites
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These bites are packed with a quick release of energy, fiber,and good-for-you fats.
Servings Prep Time
10 energy bites 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 energy bites 20 minutes
Energy surge bites
Print Recipe
These bites are packed with a quick release of energy, fiber,and good-for-you fats.
Servings Prep Time
10 energy bites 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 energy bites 20 minutes
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, combine dates, pecans/walnuts, coconut oil, chia seeds, and raw hempseed. Pulse, and puree until ingredients form a ball.
  2. Turn the mixture out into a medium bowl. Have the coconut flakes in a separate small bowl.
  3. Measure and form 1-tablespoon energy bites, rolling around in the coconut flakes after forming 1-tablespoon balls. Place on a plate and store in the fridge until ready to consume. Good for about a week, or longer, if stored in the freezer.
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