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Chocolate Coconut Energy Bars

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!

Chocolate Coconut Energy Bars - happyfitmama.com

Chocolate Coconut Energy Bars
 
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Soak dates in warm water for approximately 2 hours.
  2. Drain dates and place in a food processor with almond meal, coco powder, dried coconut, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  3. Blend till mixture begins to clump together.
  4. Place mixture in a parchment lined baking pan (8x8).
  5. Spread out evenly.
  6. Place in freezer for 3 hours.
  7. 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.

Enjoy!

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?

Lately

Lately I’ve been…

Enjoying…The Spring-like weather we are finally getting. After having a snowstorm Friday morning, I didn’t think it was ever going to happen. I enjoy not having to wear a hat or gloves on a run. I enjoy the feeling of warm sunshine on my face. I enjoy hearing birds singing. I even enjoy the smell of mud season!

Springlike run - happyfitmama.com

In the bathroom a lotMiss A is rockin’ potty training! (What did you think I was going to say?) Hello Kitty undies and stickers are serious motivation for that girl. Her brother on the other hand, is quite content in his diapers still. Typical boy! :)

Potty Training - happyfitmama.com

Lathering…with Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo and Conditioner. This stuff does not have any sulfates, parabens, silicones, ethoxylates, PEG, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. And the smell? Yummy mint that wakes you up instantly. It even gives you a little scalp tingling. The conditioner also works great as a shave gel and the shampoo can be used as body soap. It leaves you feeling cooled and refreshed after a super sweaty workout.

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Compressing…And elevating a lot for recovery post run. My calves have been tighter especially since I’ve been working on my gait to get rid of heel striking. Plus, legs up a wall pose just feels good no matter if it’s after a run or a long day at work on my feet. Pro Compression Argyle for the win!

Legs up a wall + Pro Compression Socks - happyfitmama.com

Educating…I recently learned about an app called Fooducate. It’s a great source for those who need help on how to make healthy food choices. Basically it’s a personal grocery advisor. Daily tips and tricks are given to help make you a better shopper of nutritious food. Topics like nutrition fact labels, hard to pronounce ingredient names, “health claims”, and other marketing tricks to watch out for at the supermarket. You can modify it to your needs – weight loss, heart healthy, non-GMO foods, Gluten-Free, etc. You can scan any bar coded item or search the lists to see what grade it gets. I’m excited to try it out with some of my more tech savy cardiac patients.

Fooducate - happyfitmama.com

What have you been up to lately?

I was provided a free Intelligent Nutrients Shampoo and Conditioner. All opinions are my own. All other products have been purchased with my own money. I just love ‘em and want to talk about it!