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.
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.
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|| |
- 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)
- 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!
- Once your dates are processed into a paste, add in your almonds and your protein powder
- 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.
- Rub a bit of coconut oil on your Tablespoon scoop, for easy removal of your pre-workout bites
- 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.
- Eat right before your workout and watch yourself crush it!