Its’ confession time again, friends!
Since my running mileage has gone from 40+ miles a week during marathon training to a big ol’ zero right now, it’s taken some time for my mind (and belly) to realize that I don’t need the same amount of fuel. For the month of June, I continued to eat like I was training hard. Eating whatever I wanted. A month of over indulging in sweets and cravings of anything salty like chips and crackers. There was also a lot of “eating my feelings” – mad about the results of the marathon, not being able to run afterwards and major stress from work. While I was still working out, it wasn’t the same intensity as running. Hence, I wasn’t torching as many calories. At the end of the month, I began to feel it. Lethargic, bloated, feeling blah and not like myself.
Not really the reason I love to run but it sure does help!
It was time to reign it it. Something had to change.
So I’m watching portion sizes. Staying away from mindless snacks and curbing the sugar which has been a little over the top. It’s so very true, you can’t out work a bad diet.
You’re probably wondering…what does this have to do with the title of the post?
After having a major craving for something sweet and chocolatey over the weekend, rather than grabbing a handful of dark chocolate chips (followed by another) I ended up in the kitchen experimenting. I wanted to come up with a snack/energy bar that didn’t have any added sugar, was full of real food but still gave me a chocolate fix. I love dates for their natural sweetness so I built on from there. (I ended up adapting from THIS recipe).
I give you Chocolate Coconut Energy Bars!
- 1½ cups dates
- 2 cups almond meal
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup unsweetened dried coconut
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Soak dates in warm water for approximately 2 hours.
- Drain dates and place in a food processor with almond meal, coco powder, dried coconut, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sea salt.
- Blend till mixture begins to clump together.
- Place mixture in a parchment lined baking pan (8x8).
- Spread out evenly.
- Place in freezer for 3 hours.
- Slice into 12 bars.
The result? Ooeey gooey chocolate yumminess! An added bonus is that theses are no bake and are cold. Perfect for the hot, humid summer days when turning on the oven is not even an option.
Side note: I have my first physical therapy appointment for my foot/ankle today. Fingers crossed we get to the bottom of this mysterious inflammation and correct it.
How do you reign yourself in after over indulging?
Sweet or salty? What do you crave more of?