Thursday, August 2, 2012
On that theme, if you or someone you love (or at least cook for) is into on-the-go energy for strenuous activities, I have a couple of recommendations. Thrive Foods, by Brendan Brazier, has 200 plant-based recipes for peak health. (I didn’t count them, it says so right on the cover.) This includes a section on do-it-yourself energy bars and gels, of which I tried a couple. This one came out really well:
Spiced Acai Energy Bars
¾ cup raw almonds
¾ cup pitted Medjool dates (I couldn’t find these, used regular)
3T acai powder
¼ c dried apricots (I left these out, hate apricots. Yuck.)
1T chia seeds
½ t ginger powder
½ t cinnamon
¼ t vanilla extract
(Oh, and I added 1 T carob powder and 1 T coconut oil and 1T agave nectar, because that’s how I roll. No, actually, I started one recipe then switched to another one part way through, and it worked—must have made up for skipping the apricots.)
Another good book for this is Raw Energy: 124 raw food recipes for energy bars, smoothies, and other snacks to supercharge your body by Stephanie Tourles. From this book I made a lovely almond milk, carob, coconut and banana smoothie that you wouldn’t believe, and found so many ideas that I may have to buy a copy for myself. Raw foods is also a rising nutritional trend, and if you’re interested, search raw food diet in the Oceanbooks catalog and see all the inspiring books you’ll find! (Personally, I also eat cooked foods, but as a working mom I’m attracted by any healthy food that takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and clean up.)
*You know, those little foil packets full of sugar and sometimes caffeine.
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***see Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and Finding Ultra by Rich Roll. OK, that's it for the footnotes.