Make Your Own Larabars and Never Wear Crocs. Ever.

It’s May 1st, but it’s a cold and rainy one today and my trusty ol’ boots are ready to go!  I’ve had these Tretorns for several years now.  I also love Hunters, but due to the fact that we don’t get much rain here in Calgary, it’s slightly impractical for me to have any more than 1 pair of galoshes… hahaha…galoshes…

The above picture was obviously taken in a past season, on a bright & sunny gardening day!  Yes, I should mention they’re a great alternative footwear item for spring yard work involving planting, raking, and mowing.  Sadly, I have seen several pairs of Crocs on my neighbours in their respective flower beds recently.  Please don’t.

After School/Pre-Workout Snack:
(Random Thought- Remember the days of after-school snacks that awaited you on the kitchen table? That was nice.)

Organic Apple, Natural PB Babybel Cheese

Some carbs and a little bit of protein before we hit the gym.  My friend Kristen came with me to Body Attack tonight!  It was such a fun time, and we got quite the workout.  Although we were both zonked by the end of the class, we stayed for Body Pump afterwards.  I think we’re both going to sleep well tonight.
Since I didn’t get home until almost 9pm, I had some oatmeal, cheese, and egg whites, as well as lots of water and some green tea for “dinner”.  The fact that I had a quinoa and a veggie salad for lunch made me feel better about this decision!

Energy Bars

Out of all the energy bars that I’ve tried,  Larabar is always my number one choice.  They are just SO GOOD.  They are not necessarily as high in protein as some others on the store shelves (eg: soy protein isolate- which I avoid for reasons I’ll mention another day), but I love that they’re all natural and have only a handful of ingredients in them.  So much better for you!

Click here for the rundown of Larabar dietary properties and other info about the company.  They are a great choice for when you’re “on the run”. 
At approximately $2.50 a bar (Canadian), it’s not too outrageous, but this definitely adds up.  I make my own version of Larabars at home, for a lot cheaper!  Here’s one I made when I got home from the gym:

“Nutty Date Night”
Energy Bars

  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • 1/3 cup whole almonds
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter 
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds

Also Required
– A food processor.  I have to make mine in two sections and then combine them by hand, as I only own a mini food processor (haven’t dished out the big bucks yet)!  If you have a heavy duty one, you can combine steps 1 & 2
– Plastic Wrap

1. Grind/chop nuts and peanut butter in food processor until you end up with small chunks of mixed nuts (see picture below).  Remove from processor and spoon mixture into a large mixing bowl.

2. Grind the dates and flax seeds until they become almost a paste-like substance.

3. Add dates to the mixing bowl and blend together with nut mixture.  Use your hands for the best results.

4. Remove mixture from bowl  and form a large block that is approximately 7″ x 3″ x 3/4″.

5. Immediately set in refrigerator for 15 minutes or so.  

6. Remove and cut into individual serving sizes (about 6 pieces).

7.  Wrap each one individually with plastic wrap and hide in a secret place in the fridge where husband/boyfriend/child/family member won’t find.  Now you’re set for the week!  They are a great choice for a light pre-workout snack, or a mid-morning/afternoon boost.

Off to bed!  Good night :)

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