The countdown to Spring has officially begun here in Washington, well, and everywhere, but we are all feeling particularly over this rain here in the Evergreen State. However, you can see Springs arrival all around. Blossoms are starting to come alive in Snoqualmie Ridge, tiny buds are making their way out and temperatures are going up. There is all this Spring rain...but us Washingtonians know what lies ahead; summer and sunshine is just around the corner. With the shift in seasons comes the promise for being outdoors, sun, and exploring as well as new beginnings! I always feel like new seasons bring with it chances to try new things, make changes and go after goals you may have put off say, in the winter.
For me, with coming out of a long winter of recovering from hip surgery, I am ready to grow and keeping healing with the upcoming season. A green light from my surgeon prompted me to go ahead and register for the Wahine Sprint Triathlon in Portland, on August 2nd 2014. I have done six triathlons in years past (Olympic and Sprint), but this time around will leave a much happier, fulfilling, and appreciative finish!
With training and working out (and just leading a healthy unprocessed life) I like to have healthful recovery foods and snacks. Not only do I need and want good nutrition during my long workouts and recovery, I also like something quick and healthy for in between training clients. I also like to give people ideas for yummy snacks that feel and taste like a treat. In a world of Girl Scout Cookies, candy bars, and over-sugared everything, I encourage you to rethink your mode of treating yourself. I encourage people to ask themselves "How will I feel about myself after I eat this?" or "How will this serve my body?" Not "Will this make me fat?" Try to shift your thinking to consider ALL food as fuel, athlete or not. Aim to consider how foods make you FEEL and also how they affect your health in general. I guarantee a delicious apple and almond butter is just as sweet yet serves your body and goals more than a candy bar.
Even if you're not an athlete, you still have the right to eat as clean as one! I literally got home from my swim yesterday and scrounged around the pantry to see what I could throw together. I like to fancy myself a bit of a kitchen mad scientist when it come for making healthy snacks. I must say I am proud at just how delicious these protein bites are, and even Toby is keen on them (he doesn't love chocolate like I do). Even if you want to try a cleaner version of something chocolate-this is also for you!
1.5 cups pitted medjool dates (plus a few more to help consistency!)
1 cup chopped walnuts
A little less than 3/4 C. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Splash of unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 c. protein powder of choice
1.) Remove pits from the dates and measure out 1.5 cups-add to food processor.
2.) Throw cocoa powder into processor with dates, as well as walnuts and protein powder.
3.) Blend until all mixed and combined. Test the batter to see if it will hold together in a ball, if not, add a splash of coconut milk or a few more dates.
Like truffles, I rolled some in extra cocoa or sesame seeds. You could also roll in unsweetened coconut or other nuts.
Immediately place in fridge to set up-will store well in air tight container for up to a week!