Barz

A definitive ranking of bars…because if your days begin at 5:30 AM like ours do…granola bars become their own food group…

Before Practice…

  1. GoMacroScreen Shot 2016-02-23 at 2.04.26 PM.pngThese are my #1 go-to…vegan and gluten free which means I wont be bloated for practice…always a plus. They also are not too heavy which is nice before 6AM conditioning. I have not had a flavor I did not like, however, if you like bars that have overwhelming flavor you might not be overwhelmed by these. The flavor is not over the top, a plus for me, but if you’re used to Fiber One, Nature Valley bars or something like that these might not be your thang.
  2. RxBar

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The only bad thing about these bars is they aren’t really available in stores. With multiple threats from my dad to cancel my Amazon account, I order these on special occasions. I have ordered the variety pack, but this flavor was my favorite. The others were good, however, I don’t really enjoy large amounts of chocolate in a bar, and the others are largely chocolate based. I just cant seem to get that down before the sun is even up.
3. Quest

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These are no secret because they are pretty amazing. My favorite flavors are cookie dough, cookies n’ cream, and s’mores. The secret to these is warming them up for about 12 seconds (I have it down to a science), seriously try it. They are freakishly low in sugar and carbs, but don’t taste like it at all. Some 7/11s sell these..which is pretty awesome.

4. Perfect Bars

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Produced in the best place ever, San Diego ;)….these are bars come in vegan forms but are all gluten free. These are super flavorful..the only downside is they are pretty filling. I ate one once before we ran Autzen Stadium and the entire time I was holding down throw up….That being said, I usually will eat half of one before practice and be full/energized the entire time. I have tried nearly all the flavors, and I have literally loved every single one..but when shopping for them make sure you look in the fridge section!

As a snack…

1, 2, 3: GoMacro, RxBars and Perfect Bars are my top favorites to just snack on as well…

4. Lara Bars

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So. Many. Flavors. So. Little. Ingredients. Seriously…its amazing theres like twenty flavors made each from no more than five ingredients. My favorite and go-to is the chocolate chip cookie dough or the blueberry muffin. Thee cookie dough one tastes like dessert, and sometimes is my dessert lol.

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I try and look for bars that have some decent amount of protein, low sugar, and obviously good taste. Before practice I might have some overnight oats or pb & banana toast…but bars are usually the easiest thing to roll out of bed and grab.

 

 

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Ballin’ Energy Bites

Early morning practice means grabbing something quick and light before heading to the locker room. Earlier this week I made these energy bites and they’ve been a great preworkout snack!

It’s a super basic recipe and really customizable depending on what you have on hand and what you want them to taste like. I made this batch with medjool dates, rolled oats, NutZo (nut butter) and chia seeds. I’ve also made the before with  other ingredients like hemp seeds, goji berries, cocao powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract, tahini and coconut! 

To make them you put unpitted medjool dates (i used 8) in a food processor and pulse until they become gooey/pastey (you might need to soak the dates in hot water before all of this if they arent soft enough). Then throw in the rest of your ingredients and pulse until it forms a doughy texture. Then you can roll the dough into bite sized balls and store them in the fridge for on the go fuel!

   

*it looks burnt but it’s not*

….it’s the Acai that makes it purple. First recipe tried from the Sambazon cookbook (posted about this a little while ago) was a success   

 made using gluten free flour & vegan butter…but don’t let that scare you…it tastes like how I picture heaven tasting 

I found some frozen Acai packets on sale at whole foods…I didn’t buy the Sambazon brand but it still turned out yummy. 

  • I also used coconut sugar instead of cane sugar

My one regret was adding the bananas on top…it gave them a weird texture….didn’t ruin the bread but I wouldn’t recommend it either. 

Another Tip-Top Toast Post

As you can see, all of us here on #CWE love our toast and I have another epic combo for you. 

This has toasted sunflower seed bread, avocado, a hard boiled egg and salsa. Avocado and egg are an amazing combo with protein and healthy fats that keep you full and fueled (not to mention it tastes delicious!) 

 

Smoothie Bowl Inspo

Green Magic. That’s what i’m calling this smoothie bowl. Green because its made with celery, spinach, arugula, cucumber and kiwi and Magic because it still tastes fruity and sweet! (Oh, and bc its got tons of nutrients)

Smoothies are a yummy and refreshing breakfast, and this one was made even better by packing it with greens! Bonus: Eating greens as your first meal of the day is really easy on your stomach because they’re not difficult to digest. Its an awesome way to start your day!

Recipe:

1 stalk of celery

1 handful of a mixture of spinach and arugula

1 inch section of a cucumber

1 kiwi

1/4 cup of frozen mango

1 tbs hemp seeds

water

Topped off with some shaved coconut and granola!

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Happy Friday everyone!

CocoNUTTY for Oats

Oatmeal is a staple. It’s so easy to prepare & you can get really really creative. Alone, they’re a great source of carbs. Add some fruit, super-foods, & nuts on top and you’ve got a power-packed breakfast or pre-game meal that will keep you movin’ & groovin’.

This pic features banana coco/nut oats. And Saxby’s dark roast coffee (what’s up Gtown).

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup dry steel-cut oats (it turns into a lot)

-Banana

-Hemp seed

-Coconut shavings

-Walnuts & almond slivers

TGIF.

#Simple #Fuel #CWE

In Good Company

T-5 days until Georgetown Field Hockey kicks off their first day of preseason #booya.  Pictured is Weezie’s teammate & friend Megan (So., Georgetown Field Hockey). They went to their favorite. place. ever. The Classic Diner (Malvern, PA) thrives on its simple menu, doing the basics right since 1995. Add good company & you’ve got a #winning combo.

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They kept it classy (lol) with eggs, toast, avocado, & spinach. Oh and coffee, of course.

Good food done right.

#GUFH #CWE