Homemade Energy Bar Recipe for Runners

Homemade Energy Bar Recipe for Runners Almond Mocha Bar

Homemade Energy Bar Recipe for Runners

Anyone else feel a bit of a slump in the afternoon? It usually hits me around 3.30-4pm when I get back to the office from the wards in the hospital and I oftentimes reach for the chocolate at this time to push through the final few hours of work.

But recently I’ve been trying to be more mindful of the food choices I’m making, especially looking at why I’m making those choices. Am I choosing the high sugar/high fat snacks because I’m tired? Bored? Hungry?

So instead of being tempted by the vending machine that sits right outside the lifts, I’ve been making my own bars to satisfy the cravings or see me throughfrom breakfast吃午饭时,我需要的患者之间的快速提升。制作你自己的方式,你可以控制你包括配料,这意味着你可以在避免加工糖和食盐过多,但它意味着你可以玩弄自己喜欢的口味组合。

energy bars for runners

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Homemade Energy Bars – How to Get a Natural Energy Boost

The trick to getting the perfect energy boosting bar is to mix quick release and slow release carbohydrate sources together, so that you get that instant kick without the subsequent sugar crash.

Dried fruit, oats and nuts are all great bases for a homemade energy bar, with the option to add in chocolate, spices, seeds, protein powders, cereal, nut butter etc for added flavour, texture and protein.

As I mentioned, the beauty of creating your own bars is that you can include your fave flavours. I am a chocolate girl through and through, so almost any bar I’m making is going to include the good stuff. I’ve combined ingredients that are natural energy boosters for this almond mocha bar…

Coffee

Whilst I’d recommend reducing your caffeine intake in the afternoons to maximise sleep (our best recovery tool), it can be useful for a pick-me-up prior to an afternoon/evening workout.

咖啡因是最利用补品之一nd performance enhancers by athletes. We know that it does work as a brain stimulant (it works by blocking adenosine, a chemical in the brain that makes you feel sleepy and relaxed). It can increase our mental alertness, concentration and heart rate.

黑巧克力

I love chocolate so any afternoon treat needs to include some in my opinion. Dark choc is perfect because it’s not high in sugar when compared with milk or white choc. The darker the choc, the more energy boosting caffeine and theobromine your chocolate contains

我也是这样的研究显示,黑巧克力可以帮助改善V02最大的黄烷醇能帮助减轻炎症和帮助你的线粒体更有效地发挥作用。可可释放血清素,颜色越深的巧克力,一种心情,提高血清素的多。

Dates

One of my favourite natural sweet treats, medjool dates are a great source of carbs and fibre, and with a low glycaemic index, the sugar absorption is slow, helping maintain steady energy levels. They taste delicious, like caramel, and add a sticky chewy texture to your baking (they’re obviously great in Sticky Toffee pudding as well as these slightly more nutritious energy bars!).

As well as being a great source of carbs, they’re also packed with potassium, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and a natural source of iron.

Almonds

这些维生素重地螺母挤满了维生素E,钙,镁,钾和铁,更不用提蛋白质。选择皮肤对纤维的重要来源生杏仁。结合吃杏仁与高糖食物有助于稳定血糖,保持能量水平不再只是看你通过你的日常工作/锻炼!

Homemade Energy Bar Recipe for Runners

Almond Mocha Bar

Makes: 8-10 bars

Ingredients:

125g (1 1⁄2 cup) jumbo porridge/rolled oats

125g (1 cup) chopped almonds

1 tbsp instant coffee powder

2汤匙可可粉

90g (1⁄2 cup) dark chocolate chips

125克(1/2杯)杏仁油,无盐

125克(1/4杯)蜂蜜

2汤匙椰子油

1茶匙香草提取物

pinch Sea salt, optional

Method:

Line an 8x8inch/20x20cm square tray with baking paper.

In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, almonds, coffee powder, cocoa, and chocolate chips. Set aside.

Combine almond butter, honey, and coconut in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, let bubble for 20-30 seconds, and remove from heat immediately. Stir in the vanilla.

Pour the hot almond butter and honey mixture over the oats. Stir to combine.

Transfer the mixture to the tray, using the back of your spatula to press firmly. Sprinkle with sea salt if using.

Let cool in the fridge until set, about 2 hours, cut into 8-10 bars. Store in the fridge for a solid set bar!

You can also watch the recipe video on theSpatone YouTube频道.

Homemade Energy Bar Recipe for Runners

Other Energy boosting ingredients you could include in your own energy bars/snacks:

香蕉

碳水化合物的重要来源,纤维可以帮助从水果糖释放更多慢慢进入我们的血液能量源源不断。加它们的钾和维生素B6的天然来源,这两者都参与了机体的能量代谢和储存。

Apples

在苹果高的抗氧化性能被认为有助于减缓这些流行的水果碳水化合物的释放,从而在我们的身体较长的持续能量提升。不要忘了保持皮肤上最大的纤维摄入量。

Quinoa

这种蛋白富含碳水化合物实际上具有较低的血糖指数,再次让所有重要的缓慢释放能量进入人体。另外,它所含的营养素锰,镁和叶酸,所有参与人体的自然能源生产。

Oats

A favourite complex carb amongst athletes, they also contain They also contain beta-glucan, a type of fibre that enhances the body’s immune system, helps stabilize appetite, and may reduce levels of LDL cholesterol. You can try theseOat berry breakfast bars我的共享Spatone Youtube今年早些时候。

Seeds

Chia seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds are all plant based sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3s have been show to help reduce inflammation in the body which is a common cause of fatigue.

Strawberries

Fresh and dried strawberries provide carbohydrates and fibre for energy, they are also an often overlooked source of Vitamin C. Many of our body’s enzymes that use Vitamin C as a co-factor are involved in energy production eg L-Carnitine which is involved in the conversion of fat to energy.

爆米花

Another great source of carbs and fibre (just don’t smother it in salt or sugar). These can be great when seasoned with herbs and spices, or included in your homemade energy bar for a slow release carb.

What are your favourite natural energy boosters? Anyone else struggle with that 4pm slump??

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