Looking for a good way to get your protein in after the gym or need some carbs to push you through before? These Energy Bars are lactose-free, gluten-free and come packed with 37 grams of carbs, 16 grams of fat and 9.6 grams of protein.
Make them on a Sunday before a big week to stay fully energized without getting a big sugar high and crash like a typical protein bar. Plus, no artificial sweeteners!
Recipe for Energy Bars
1 cup peanut/almond butter 1/2 cup coconut flakes
1 cup honey 1 cup flaxseed
2 cups instant rolled oats 1 cup blueberries
1/3 cup chocolate protein
Directions: Heat peanut or almond butter and honey in saucepan over medium heat. Mix in the remaining ingredients and freeze for one hour. Enjoy!
Full nutritional facts:
16 g fat
9.6 g protein
37 g carbs
5 g fiber
23 g sugar
With the new six-week Commit To Be Fit program starting up again this week, I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss macros, calorie counting and how to diet without starving yourself or giving up three days in.
Let me preface this post by saying this: I love carbs. Pasta, pizza, fruit, potatoes, rice, fibrous veggies, muffins and baked goods of all creeds– they’ve been my undoing during every attempted paleo or low-carb diet plan. It wasn’t until I recently heard of the concept of macros- of fitting in a certain percentage of nutrients into your diet that I realized I could have my cake, and eat it too.
I know you’re out there. I mean, some of you are my closest friends. And I work at a gym, so every day I’m surrounded by the type. And no matter how much I try to understand the way your eyes light up when you talk about chest presses and how you spend two hours focused on one specific muscle group— and then you repeat it with another the next day— I can’t.
I’m the kind of girl who will set her alarm to wake up at 8 am on a Wednesday morning in the hopes that she’ll get her butt up to go for a run— and by run I mean, like, three miles— but when the alarm actually goes off I’ll press “snooze” or, better yet, “off” and go back to bed for another three hours and then wake up and eat bacon instead. I’m the type that adores exercise clothing, because it’s comfy and cute and have you seen how my butt looks in a pair of lulu lemon yoga pants? Because it’s pretty great. (I’ll be honest, lulu’s doing most of the work there.) And since I do work at a gym, I get to hang in yoga pants and shorts pretty much 24/7 and I can’t remember the last time I went a day without rocking a sports bra, but the amount of time I actually spend exercising in such clothing is pretty minimal. At this point I consider it strength training AND yoga just trying to get into the tight-fitting crops.