Hey friends! It’s Friday and a long weekend awaits most of you. Hooray! Unfortunately, I’ll be working both of my jobs tomorrow. Oh well – gotta bring in the dough! Alas, I’m currently sitting at Whole Foods and the Beatles are playing. So, basically, I couldn’t be a happier camper.
Today was a welcomed rest day and began at 5:30 a.m. I woke up and completed the Long & Lean stretching routine from the Tone It Up Beach Babe DVD and followed it up with this quick morning yoga routine from the lovely Tara Stiles. My rest days always start off which 15-20 minutes of stretching to awaken my body and calm my mind. I love it! After my stretching sequences, I got ready for work, which lasted through the afternoon.
My shift ended later than I had anticipated and, when I got out of work, I was ravenous. A ravenous Heather = a cranky Heather. I knew there was a Whole Foods about 25 minutes away so, rather than waiting until I got home, I decided a good ol’ salad bar creation would do the trick! Today, I worked at a clinic about 1 hour from my house so waiting that long was completely out of the question. Diva much?
I piled my container with kale-avocado slaw, tahini-sesame greens, beets, and grilled squash/eggplant/onions. The Japanese yam-chickpea cake in the bottom right-hand corner was super bland! When I saw the name of the pattie, I was so excited to give it a try because it contained two of my very favorite foods. Although the ingredient list was nice and short, it definitely could have benefitted from a few more – specifically, garlic, pepper, and a savory spice. Despite that, I still gobbled it up. Girl’s gotta eat!
Perfect Fuel Frozen Chocolate-Banana Bites
You might have seen a new product pop up in your local Whole Foods’ chocolate stash. Perfect Fuel Chocolate was created by Nicolas Warren, an avid triathloner. Warren wanted to create a healthy snack that provided all the necessary benefits to people participating in more intense sports an sporting events. So, he created Perfect Fuel: a delicious snack made from raw cacao and ginseng, to provide athletes with a dose of energy in the most delicious of ways!
I really love the bittersweet (no pun intended!) taste of dark chocolate but I don’t normally purchase it because I don’t crave it or feel it’s necessary for me to consume. That being said, when Perfect Fuel asked me to sample their product and create my own recipe, I was more-than up for the challenge. I mean who wants to turn down high-quality raw food … especially when it’s chocolate?! Not me, friends.
At first, I tried making a mole sauce but it came out awful. I kid you not when I say that I wanted to vomit. This deterred me from continuing with that idea. Maybe I’ll revisit that in a couple months. I switched gears and set out to create a different recipe airing on the side of dessert. Eureka! What I came up with is pretty darn delicious. The hint of ginseng makes this chocolate so special. All of the complex flavors from the chocolate marry so well with the muted sweetness from the banana. I hope you pick up some Perfect Fuel and give this tasty recipe a try!
Two hours before serving time, peel and slice a banana and place it in the freezer.
Two hours later, combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat.
Stir the mixture well, until all ingredients are well combined.
Allow the sauce to simmer on low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
After 10 minutes, turn off the burner and remove saucepan from heat.
Take your banana out of the freezer and dip the slices in to the chocolate.
Place chocolate-covered banana slices into the freezer for 1 to 2 hours.
The rest of the evening is looking pretty low key because I’m up at 5:30 a.m. again tomorrow. I have a walk planned with my best friend Raquel and then will probably settle in for the night. See ya back here tomorrow!