Friday, August 24, 2012
Pre-Workout Almond Turtle Bites
Ooooooh! This is so exciting. I bet you just couldn't resist clicking through to check out this tasty recipe. It has been created by guest blogger Taylor Ryan. She is a NASM certified personal trainer and the blogger behind Lifting Revolution. Taylor lives with her husband in Charleston, SC where she runs a multi-location boot camp for women. Vegan cooking and designing workouts are her passions and you can definitely tell by this tasty snack she has created. Rita... can I have one?
How tired do you get of trying to pick out something fast and easy for a pre-workout snack? You don’t want a whole meal, just something that is loaded with energy and settles well in the stomach.
If you’ve ever had a bad experience with a pre-workout snack then trust me, you’re not alone. Having a snack that bounces around can lead to nausea, bloating and gas... none of which is ideal for working out with people around you.
Since becoming vegan about 6 months ago, I have struggled to find fuel for my longer workouts. Most energy bars are too heavy, taste like chalk and are pretty pricy. I knew I had to come up with something myself.
To be honest, I didn’t come up with these, entirely. I was whining to my husband about the issue and he suddenly lit up and said: “It would be awesome if you could make something along the lines of turtle bites."
It took two failed attempts until I finally hit a home run. These vegan turtle bites are loaded with energy, protein and healthy fats. All needed to keep your workout going strong.
Each bite has just 90 calories, so chow down on 2-3 about an hour or two before your workout.
Enjoy, and feel free to modify the recipe to fit your taste buds.
Click through for the recipe...
1/2 c. whole raw almonds
1/4 c. cashews
1/4 c. unsalted almonds (I used slivered, but any will do)
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp quinoa, uncooked
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp lentils, dried
1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)
1/2 cup dark chocolate, 70% or darker
1. Preheat oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a food processor, chop up everything together but the whole almonds and chocolate.
2. Once paste-like, grab a small dish and fill with water. This is for your fingers so the nut/grain paste doesn’t stick too much. Surround an almond with the mix and place on a nonstick, or slightly greased cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 7-9 minutes, until slightly golden. Remove and allow to cool
4. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate for 20 second intervals, stirring each time until melted. You can also use a double boiler.
5. Hand dip each nut/grain ball into the chocolate. I found it easier to use a spoon to spread over it, place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
6. Stick in the fridge to allow chocolate to harden and enjoy!
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