Monday, May 27, 2013

Training group run #2 and protein bars 05-27-13

Good evening!!
Hope everyone has had a wonderful Memorial Day.

Saturday was my second run with the running group.  It went well, we did 5 hilly miles.  It was a giant reminder that I must get over my love of running while watching TV, reading and with a controlled climate.  I can easily run for 2 hours on the treadmill but outside I struggle with hills and hate the wind!  I am really enjoying this running group.  It is such a better experience than the first one.  I'm sure it has a little to do with my fabulously fit friend who is also running with me.

So tomorrow I have grand plans to go for a run before work.  I've said this many, many times but the snooze button is so easy to hit and my bed is so warn and comfy!  Maybe telling who ever is reading this, all 3 of you, will help me actually do it.

After the fun filled five hilly miles I joined my fit buddy for an hour session with her trainer.  We did legs.  I found out recently that the awesome trainer is moving.  Boo for me but of course great for him.  I thought about finding another trainer although I may find that more difficult that I thought.  The session was good.  I definitely felt a little soreness in my legs the next day.  It was way too far for me to travel for an hour workout, especially if its 2-3 times a week.  I don't know if that workout was quite my "style" but I am considering it, since he was willing to meet me at a gym closer to me.  It may be easier to stay with the awesome trainer and do online training or something, I mean he is awesome!  

So during my grocery shopping this weekend I struggled with my addiction to fruit!  I have been eating way too much fruit, at breakfast, lunch and for snacks!  Its so tasty and good for you but probably not in mass quantities like I have been consuming.  I kept having to put stuff back.  While looking for snack recipes I found a recipe I printed long ago and it gave me an idea for a protein bar.  This bar ended up about 195 calories, 11.5g fat, 12.5g carbs and a whopping 11g protein.  These are of course estimates and it varies if you use different brands.  They are delicious and a great snack, maybe with some veggies.

Chocolate Chunk Protein Bars

1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup ground flax meal
1/4 cup almond meal
1/2 cup unsweetened almond butter
1 cup unsweetened milk, I used almond but any would work
1/2 tsp stevia extract
1/2 tsp butter extract, I love this and will be baking with this more!!
1/4 tsp sea salt
5 scoops Garden of Life Raw Chocolate Protein
1/3 cup chopped pecans
Dark Chocolate chunks, I used 1 serving, 12 squares, of the dark chocolate pictured
1/3-1/4 cup would work

Place oats in food processor, or blender and pulse so the oats are ground, set aside.  Mix, in food processor or blender, all liquid ingredients.  Add remaining dry ingredients to liquid and pulse until mixed.  Press down into a pan.  Refrigerate until firm and cut into 12 pieces.

They are not very sweet, more sweetener could be used but I am trying to cut my consumption of sugar and sugar substitutes so I limited what I added.  If you want these sweeter I would add 1 tsp more of stevia extract.  Either way enjoy!!

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