I've been athletic my entire life - from dancing, to being a varsity track runner in high school, and now to an avid yogi and gym enthusiast - and knowing how to fuel my body properly has always been a priority of mine. Some people are able to eat a full breakfast before they workout, which is amazing. I, on the other hand, cannot, I usually feel sick and stop working out if I do! And I've tried before, trust me. These days, I usually have a piece of fruit or make a quick smoothie before I work out, or I make my own nutrition bars at home and fuel on those. Some people have their faith in nutrition bars, which is a big no no.
Most nutrition bars that you find at the supermarket are filled with tons of sugar, preservatives so keep them on the shelf longer than they should be, and with a bunch of other preservatives. There are a few that I do like, but, why buy them when you can make them at home? Once you get the hang of making them (and they're so easy to make) I promise you'll never buy another nutrition bar again.
This brings me to these delicious little balls of bliss. I already have a recipe for healthy nutrition bars on my site, so I won't be posting the same thing twice. I made energy superfood bites, which are like a nutrition bar, but bite sized, and probably even more full of goodness and superfoods. These are so easy to make, and you can use pretty much any superfoods, nuts and seeds that you like! I chose to mix in walnuts, almonds, goji berries, hemp seeds and raw cacao powder. Next I will make them using almond butter and maybe spirulina for an added boost of iron and protein. Have a few of these before your next yoga class or HIIT workout for a burst of energy! And they won't make you feel sick, I promise!
1 cup pitted dates
3/4 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup goji berries
1 tbsp hemp protein powder
2 tbsp flax seeds
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp coconut oil
Place the almonds, walnuts, flax, chia and hemp powder in a food processor. Blend until a flour forms. Then add the dates, goji berries, cacao powder and coconut oil. Keep blending until it becomes like dough and forms a ball.
Using your hands or a spoon, roll the dough into little balls and place in an airtight container. Store in the fridge and enjoy!