Salted Caramel Pre-workout Bites

salted caramel pre-workout bites from Super Strength Health! 2

One of my hobbies is eating enough but not too much. That sounds so silly, but think about it: I spent years (YEARS!) eating not-enough calories. I compulsively exercised. I restricted entire food groups. I hated my body. I was in a constant state of hangry. As I started to recover from this restrictive state I spent probably-years more in the opposite mindset- so desperately wanting to recover that I stuffed myself, so out of tune with my hunger signals that I couldn’t even tell when I was full anymore until it was too late.

NOT COOL.

For a good long while now, I have been great at fueling my body, and I don’t say this lightly. It took a lot of hard work and dedication, but today, my body tells me how to eat, and mostly I listen.

Thanks body.

One great example of my progress in this realm is around my workouts. In what seems like a completely different  life, I used to try to restrict my food both before and after my workouts. “WHY LACY WHY?!” my glycogen window  screamed as it slammed shut. My workouts were exhausting. I still didn’t have the body I wanted.

These days, I keep it simple by trying to eat a small amount of a non-processed-sugar carbohydrate rich thing before I work out (too much and I can get nauseous), and a protein thing after. There are more specifics to these rules that some people abide by, but as long as I stick to these basic guidelines, I am usually good.

These bites are straight up DELICIOUS. The salted almonds and dates make a perfect caramel taste- something that I have sincerely missed since going refined sugar-free!  Also for me, they are the perfect for pre-workout fuel, as they are carbohydrate rich and have a small amount of protein (from Vega One’s all in one nutritional shake) and fat to encourage the slow and sustained release of those carbs.  I hope you enjoy!

Salted Caramel Pre-Workout Bites from Super Strength Health!

Salted Caramel Pre-workout Bites
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Recipe type: pre-workout
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dates
  • 1 cup roasted and salted almonds
  • 1 scoop Vega French Vanilla Protein Powder (I am sure not everyone has this, but I encourage you to keep your protein as non-processed as possible and Stevia sweetened. The dates in the recipe already have the perfect amount of carbohydrate!)
  • 2 Tablespoons cold coffee (for that tiny extra push of caffeine)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons coconut oil (enough to get the mixture just moist enough to stick together when you ball it up)
Instructions
  1. Food process your dates. If your dates are dry, I suggest you soak them for about 10 minutes. Really, fresh and moist dates are best!
  2. Once your dates are processed into a paste, add in your almonds and your protein powder
  3. At this point, your mixture is probably a bit dry. Add in your coffee and coconut oil slowly. stop when your mixture is just moist enough to stick together.
  4. Rub a bit of coconut oil on your Tablespoon scoop, for easy removal of your pre-workout bites
  5. Scoop balls of your mixture up with your Tablespoon and pack them with your hands. Use a spoon to remove the mix from your tablespoon, and form into tight balls if they lose shape coming out of the measuring spoon.
  6. Eat right before your workout and watch yourself crush it!

salted caramel pre-workout bites from Super Strength Health! 1

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