Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Running group and almond bars 06-18-13

I know I've slacked on the posting for a while.
I've been pretty busy having a great summer.....so far ;)

Running group is going really great, I've been doing track night as well as a long run with the Rio Rancho USA Fit.  Who knew Rio Rancho was so hilly???  I have to say this has been a very different experience from the first attempt at running group.  Everyone is friendly and so encouraging to each other it is such a positive environment.  I was actually pretty bummed when I had to miss one week.  We did 7 miles Saturday morning, first half up hill and since it was a down and out run the second half was down hill.....thank goodness!  I'm still not running outside alone as much as I probably should.  It seems to be really difficult to convince myself that outside is better than an air conditioner and something to hold my kindle while I run.  Track night has involved lots of sprints, my favorite (read with sarcasm)!  But I surprised myself with a little speed, all the awesome trainer induced sprints must have done a thing or two to speed up this self proclaimed slow poke.

I tried Hot Pilate's with the very cool running coach and it was awesome.  I can't wait to go again this week.  I think I sweat more than I ever have in that class.  It felt great and after the running coach had home made Popsicles that were delicious and surprisingly pretty healthy.  Have I mentioned how much I love being around fit healthy people its so fun.

With all of this fun activity there has been some pretty great eats.  Most recently some Almond Bars, that I'm completely amazed at how tasty they came out.

Almond Butter Bars
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup Garden of Life Raw Chocolate Protein
1/2 cup garbanzo & fava bean flour, it sound weird but totally worth trying has protein and low in carbs
1/2 cup raw almond butter
2 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp raw honey
1/2 tsp sea salt
3-4 tbsp almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp butter extract  
2 tbsp chia seeds

Mix, with a mixer or food processor, press into a rectangle pan.  Refrigerate until firm.  Then cut into 12 bars and enjoy.

No pictures I've not been in the mood to snack a picture of my food but I highly recommend this as a snack.  It was filling and has lots of protein.