You’ve heard people say “I’m a runner, I can eat what I want.” This may be true in ways for those with high metabolisms, but it is only becoming more apparent that eating well boosts performance in both training and racing.
When you cut out junk from your diet, it leaves more room for nutrient dense food that can aid performance in many ways. Whole foods are often packed with vitamins and minerals that can boost blood flow, promote weight loss, and give you more energy that other processed food. Not only are whole foods better for you, but processed foods can quite literally be harmful to your running.The scariest part is that often these foods are labeled at “healthy” and “low calorie” products in our grocery stores.
There are many simple ways to make small steps towards big changes, starting with making your own healthy on-the-go snacks. These date rolled energy bites are great for runners because they are high in carbs, rich in nutrients, and even more satisfying and delicious than anything you can buy off the shelf. Make them for a pre-run breakfast or a grab and go post work out snack!
- 6 dates
- 1 c warm water (you only use 3 tbsp in the energy bites)
- 1 c rolled oats
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 1/4 c hazelnuts
- 1/2 c almond butter
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- Soak your dates for 5 minutes in the cup of warm water
- After soaking, cut the dates down the middle and remove and discard the pits, but save the water (you’ll add some in at the end)
- In a food processor, grind the oats, flax, and hazelnuts into a flour for about 20 seconds
- Add all ingredients with the exception of the water and process until it forms a paste
- You may need to stir it and scrape down the sides 2-4 times
- Add 3 tablespoons of the date water
- Roll the paste into 1 inch balls and refrigerate to harden for at least 30 minutes
- You can store them in the fridge or longterm in the freezer. Enjoy!
Meet Margaret: Margaret Molteni is a runner who moved to Memphis from Nashville to work as a Recreational Therapist, assisting individuals with disabilities. Outside of work, you can find her training for her next marathon, cooking, blogging, and always eating. For more healthy and delicious recipes or all things running, visit Margaret’s site at www.youngandrungry.com.
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