I’m having a recovery week from training so I’ve had more time to do non-triathlon things that I usually reserve for the days in slower months. I’m quickly finding out that, although I THINK I’m good at recovery weeks; I’m really not as they mess with my head-particularly when the fall smack in the middle of racing season (I could care less in January or February–I’ll take a good food event/movie/weekend away over a workout any day). However, during the racing season, I stress about staying fit, keeping the miles up, losing strength, etc. While CONCEPTUALLY I get “Recovery Days”, I often find myself wanting to add in workouts (today, I did say “no” to what sounded like a fun bike ride, as I did NOT have one scheduled BUT in the same breath, I wanted to go to a one hour Core Strength Yoga class in place of my prescribed 20 minute core workout tonight and then try a new conditioning class tomorrow. Yeah, I know. Emotion over intellect. Tomorrow’s class went off the table. The take-away here is: follow the plan-there is a reason that it’s written that way.
The other day, I tested a batch of energy bars. The addition of a little Brown Rice or Oat Flour improves the texture and prevents them from being too sticky to work with; but you could always omit it. These kinda remind me of a densely flavored Tootsie Roll.
- 2 Cups Pitted Dates (I used a combination of Delgat and Medjool)
- ½ Cup Walnuts
- 2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
- 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
- 2 Tbsp Oat or Brown Rice Flour
- 2 tsp Coconut Butter or Oil
- 1-2 tsp Coffee or Espresso grounds
- pn of Sea Salt
- Hemp Seeds and/or coarse sea salt to top
In a food processor, combine all ingredients. Process until almost a coarse cookie dough.
Line your counter with enough plastic wrap so that you can wrap the dough once you shape it. Invert “dough” onto plastic. Pat and Form into a 6” by 6” square. If you are worried about the “dough” sticking, chill for 1 hour and then cut into 16 pieces. Store in refrigerator.
Maybe next week I’ll include a TBT recipe. Tuna Noodle Casserole, anyone?