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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Healthier Late Night Bite

This has been my favorite desert lately when I’m craving something sweet but dont want to indulge on junk food. This is simply just greek yogurt mixed with a spoonful of Vega Vanilla protein powder and some homemade cinnamon spice granola on top. The protein powder thickens up the greek yogurt, and depending on how much you add, can even turn this into a cookie dough texture! I really reccomend Vega protein powder because the taste is really sweet and vanilla-y but isnt made with a bunch of sugar. I would think this woukd work just as well with any other protein powder too (or flavor)!  

This tasted like vanilla-cinnamon cookie dough, and the granola gave it a yummy crunch! 

 

Just more pumpkin 

  
Homemade pumpkin spice granola — amazing 

Melted 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1tpsp vanilla extract, & 1/2 cup pumpkin purée 

In a bowl I threw together oats, 3 tbsp coconut sugar, cinnamon, almonds, raisins, pistachios, quinoa, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cashews, pumpkin seeds cinnamon, nutmeg, and cacao nibs. Literally everything I had in my pantry I added into a bowl (I wish I had measurements but it was incredibly random) 

Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and mix. 

Flatten out on a baking sheet and bake until crispy (approx 35 minutes). The chunkier it is on the try the chunkier it will come out 

Sprinkle some more coconut sugar and cinnamon on top 

Amazing on toast, oatmeal, yogurt, and smoothie bowls. The pumpkin isn’t too over powering either 🙂 

Just another white girl posting about pumpkin…

FLOURLESS PUMPKIN OATMEAL COOKIES 
GF/DF(take out choc chips) 

I made some with chocolate chips so they were more appealing to roommates & friends, but they can definitely be delicious without or with some type of nut//dried fruit. To be perfectly honest I had a recipe I was following but basically completely strayed from it. So all my measurements are estimates…this one is pretty hard to mess up 🙂

  • ~3 cups oats (I like a lot of oats in my cookies)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds 
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 3 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 cups semisweet chocolate chips (next time I’ll try cacao)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix oats and cinnamon in a bowl and all other ingredients in another…add in chocolate chips. Combine into one bowl and fold together. Scoop into one inch bald and place on a baking sheet. Press & flatten with a fork. Bake for 20-25 minutes  

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. 

Fudge Without Pudge

So I guess I’m slightly obsessed with cacao… I follow about 200 foodies on Instagram and recently one of them posted these cacao fudge cups so my best friend and I had to make them last night. They are sooooo extremely yummy and gooey, basically chocolate fudge heaven, without all the added sugar and unhealthy fats. 

Recipe: 

12 Pitted Dates

3 Tbs Almond Butter (or any nut)

2 Tbs Coconut Oil (liquid but room temp)

4 Tbs Cacao Powder

3 Tbs Maple Syrup

Procedure:

In a bowl, mix the cacao, coconut oil, and maple syrup until well combined. Then, add the remaining ingredients (dates and almond butter) with the mixture in a food processor. Blend for about 45 seconds until the ingredients form into a ball. We then put the batter into equal amounts in a cupcake sheet (makes 12). Put in fridge for a few hours to set the fudge, then ENJOY AND INDULGE!!!