Nothing spectacular - just a happy, productive day.
I was excited to make homemade energy bars! I am always in need of a snack pre or post workout and the idea of making my own was very appealing. I love that I would know exactly each ingredient that went into the bar.
I found a recipe that is super easy and they are delicious!
In the October 2014 issue of Runner's World (pages 77-81) they have a great section of DIY energy bars, I decided to make the Four ingredient Cranberry Walnut Bars created by Pam Anderson (she has a wonderful blog with the most amazing recipes! Go HERE to check her out!)
Here are the ingredients:
1 cup walnut pieces
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- Preheat over to 325F
-Place walnuts in a small baking pan and toast for 10 minutes or until fragrant and lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
-Line an 8 inch square baking pan with plastic wrap. Coast the inside with cooking spray. I don't use cooking spray, so I spread a tiny bit of butter instead.
-In a food processor, combine the dates, cranberries, walnuts and coconut,
- Process until fruit and nuts are ground into fine pieces.
- Add one tablespoon of water.
- Continue to process until mixture begins to hold together when pressed with your fingers.
-Pour mixture into prepared pan. With your hands or back of a spoon or measuring cup, spread the mixture out and press to compact.
-Refrigerate for 1 hour, then cut into 16 squares and serve. YUM!! They are so good! I can't wait to share them with the family!
I went to the gym and had a fun 90 minutes on the bike...
Worked on holding the plank for 2 minutes...
Finished the workout with the rest of my core routine, and just felt all kinds of happiness at the end of a great workout!
I'm also happy that even though I can't run in my Brooks Adrenaline GTS anymore (it is a stability shoe and I need a neutral shoe!), they make a great shoe for going to the gym :)
I hope you had a great workout today!
What is the longest time you've ever spent on a stationary bike?
90 minutes has been my max so far, but I'd like to extend the time gradually.
What type of running shoe do you wear?!
Now I am wearing the Brooks Ghost 7!
How many miles are you running today?
Happiness Is Running Life!